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Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 5 - Vegetables

(Oishinbo #5)

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R to L (Japanese Style). Weekly Time magazine sets up a series of culinary battles between the T zai News's "Ultimate Menu," represented by Yamaoka, and the Teito Times's "Supreme Menu," represented by Kaibara Y zan, Yamaoka's father and nemesis. The ingredient this time is vegetables, specifically cabbages and turnips. Who will win the Vegetable Showdown? Later, Yamaoka a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2006)
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Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know sometimes you don't want anything heavy and your eyes and brain just want to soak in something simple? Well, Oishinbo - Vegetables was that for me and I'm glad I've decided to get back into the series again after A LONG hiatus.

If you've ever wanted to learn about Japanese cooking and Veggies?? Well, you've come to the right manga. It's full of info on cooking various veggies and what to do with them. It also has a message about buying organic over mass produced stuff because of the toxi
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-league
“Both the root and the leaf of the spinach are the same. You must not value one and disvalue the other. You must not dislike what is shabby but strive to turn that shabbiness into something fine. You are not to smile in glee when you have a fine ingredients. It is wrong to have a change of heart because of what you have. Every grass every root that came out of the ground has an equal value”

“And I think Minakami Tsutomu ‘s thinking on food is concentrated within these following lines. ‘A troubles
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, food
A pretty good volume. There's a lot to do with pesticides and fertilizers on produce. The argument that's made over and over is that organic produce tastes better, though I personally think that's more to do with the produce actually being allowed to ripen before harvest. If you've only had tomatoes from the grocery store, for example, you've probably never had a ripe tomato. ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a heart-warming graphic novel about japanese preparation of vegetables! can u think of anything better????
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another great volume of this really fun and informative series. It may be nit-picky, but I was disappointed at which of the dishes featured in the story was chosen to have an actual recipe. Grilled asparagus I could have figured out pretty much from the description in the text. I was hoping for one of the turnip dishes, or spinach, or cabbage from the first story, or even eggplant. I found myself wishing I knew what year each story was from, especially those that deal with the pesticides and oth ...more
guess who just finished her tenth book of the month? this person!!
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In many ways, this volume encapsulates so much of what I love about this series. The first series on the vegetable showdown between father and son (I mean, that's really what it was about, ultimately) was so well-written and revealed so much about Japanese culture subtly but powerfully. Then the story about the executive losing his job and learning that his kid would rather eat potatoes with him than have an extravagant birthday party also made quite an impact on me. There's more than usual abou ...more
Alyson Fortowsky
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series. See the first one I rated, The Joy of Rice. Such a detailed, loving portrait of traditional Japanese food. Great art: character expressions are funny, and the dialogue rings very true, full of witticisms and insults. Of most interest to me in this volume was the discussion of the book Days of Eating Earth: My Twelve Months of Devotion. It's about Buddhist Shojin cooking: asking the garden what is good to eat. Themes of local, organic, traditional eating run through Oishinbo a ...more
Alex Lawless
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good! The review I'd give it is honestly very similar to the review I gave the other volumes. It's a smaller, themed collection of stories (this one about vegetables), edited for English, taken out of the context of a much longer-running manga. So far I've found this one the least interesting, as the main purpose was about uplifting the vegetable ingredients without straying away from their "true" essence. Maybe I just don't like vegetables that much. The notes in the back of the ...more
I really enjoyed this installment. It seems to contain more heartfelt stories about food, eating, and personal connection to others and the land. I also like reading about the simple preparations that brought out the best flavors of vegetables. This is a little heavy on anti-pesticide and pro-organic messaging, which may annoy some readers.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: japan
This one was quite fragmented and dull.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick read. Love vegetables and the zen bit about making the not-so-shiny bits taste better. Imagination and gratitude go a long way!
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I liked this one. Very interesting takes on vegetables and some delicious sounding food. It did drive home the pesticides are evil plot point a little hard.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read with some good moral and culinary lessons.
The main event of Oishinbo Volume 5 - vegetables - is a giant battle between Yamaoka and Kaibara (but hey, what's new). The father and son battle over creating dishes that focus on the purity and simplicity of the ingredients and not zhuzhing it up too much with overly fancy techniques and presentations. Their contest takes them to the source, where we learn about farming methods in Japan, and Kariya comes down hard on pesticides and promotes organic farming. I try to eat organic vegetables too, ...more
Lydia Presley
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, foodie, manga
I now know more about vegetables then I ever expected to. As much fun as these books have been, I think this one was my least favorite. There was much, and I mean MUCH preaching in the stories about pesticides and herbicides and the stories were... a little over the top with the exaggeration aspect.

Still, there was a moment in the book that had me cracking up. Yamaoka has been called into the office by his boss to look at a huge pile of books that have been spread over the table. The assignment
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Works remarkably well as paired reading with Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, which I also finished this past week. As always, the series makes me want to cook. On the other hand, I won't rate it higher because I can't get past the fact that the entire manga is basically infodump, infodump, infodump, with only the sketchiest efforts toward actual story or characterization. Not to mention the fact that the drawings of people are often suspiciously out of proportion. (The tiny heads! They make ...more
I love vegetables! And enjoyed reading and learning more about how they are grown and used in Japan, from this graphic novel. As I've mentioned for Oishinbo, Volume 4 - Fish, Sushi and Sashimi, so long as you don't take this too seriously as a work of fiction, but rather, approach it as a volume of an encyclopedia on Japanese food and culinary arts, it is quite readable. ...more
Beck Frost
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Art is as good as always....but the grouping of all the vegetable stories in one volume means that the story arc with the characters is out of order. The jealousy and not telling each other that they like each other came back in full force and I realized that these were the chapters I must have missed. And then the last one has them already married. When do I get to attend the wedding? This book loses a star by being overly preachy about pesticides in foods. Being overly preachy is a way to turn ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The Oishinbo blend applied to the art of vegetable food preparation. I don't know if the subject matter brings out Shiro's best in terms of cooking, but it definitely gives him plenty of opportunity for social and environmental criticism. And the mix of plots might be a little broader than we sometimes find in Oishinbo - Kaibara Yuzan doesn't show up in this volume as much as in some of the other volumes, so there's less head to head competition there. The humor might be a little more evident to ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
This probably would have had more of an impact on me before I made the organic switch. I guess I was hoping it would be about vegetables that were iconically Japanese rather than just vegetables all around. I sure hope that the next volumes are more fun because I may give up on these. They aren't bad; I'm just not learning as much about food as I was before. Still the remaining volumes on Rice and Pub Food give me hope. ...more
Geoff Sebesta
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
this is not a manga, this is a cookbook with word balloons. I learned a lot about Japanese vegetables and it was totally painless.

The storytelling is quite sophisticated for a completely action-free story. The readability is astonishing.

Naturally the food is drawn better than the characters -- that's the point of the series, after all. It's amazing what sorts of effects they can create drawing food with pen, ink, and ziptone. Quite remarkable.
Sasha Boersma
Is this a 2 or a 3? Not entirely sure.... It's intriguing to see something as personal as food and cooking collected into a series of stories in graphic storytelling form. But, the characters are not very deep, and the storylines aren't consistent. It's possible this is just a collection of stories out of sequence, but the preface isn't clear about that. Also, wow, total reminder of how gendered Japanese culture is.... ...more
February Four
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't realize just how much pesticides etc influenced the foods we eat. Perhaps instead of GMO, we should be looking at pesticides, etc. In any case, I definitely appreciated the information I got from this volume! (Of particular interest to me personally was the chapter on eggplant, since I love it but never really managed it at home. ...more
Stewart Tame
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
More Oishinbo goodness! Everything you ever wanted to know about cooking vegetables and then some! It fascinates me as to how obviously formulaic this manga can get, and yet it's never boring. I think that's partly due to the fact that there are a wide variety of formulae and the title rotates between them. Still enjoying this series immensely. ...more
Oct 13, 2009 added it
Shelves: manga-books
Yet another stellar entry in the Oishinbo series. Of course in this book a lot of the emphasis was on how pesticides etc. ruin not only the safety of a vegetable they often ruin the taste as well. I enjoyed learning how to best prepare eggplant and asparagus. Love this series!
If you find yourself watching cooking shows on TV for hours on end, you might really enjoy the Oishinbo series. Although it gets preachy at times, there's a real love of food and the tensions between the characters can be really entertaining. ...more
As someone who does use a lot of vegetables and tries to buy organic ones when necessary, I actually found this volume's overall preachy tone in that vein to be a turn-off. Definitely the weakest of the English language volumes, and slightly disappointing in spots. Ah well. ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Besides having a wonderful collection of stories, I thought this book also carried a good message when it comes to eating vegetables with pesticides and the like. Organically grown is the only way to go, and I'm so glad that this collection showed that without forcing the issue. ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Since I cannot take my iPad or telephone to the UK Consulate this afternoon (to get our daughter's visa), then I might as well start another manga book!

This is the sixth of seven books - one more to go!!
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Manga writer and essayist extraordinaire Tetsu Kariya graduated from prestigious Tokyo University. Kariya was employed with a major advertising agency before making his debut as a manga writer in 1974, when he teamed up with legendary manga artist Ryoichi Ikegami to create Otoko Gumi (Male Gang). The worlds of food and manga were forever changed in 1983 when Kariya, together with artist Akira H

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