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Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 7 - Izakaya: Pub Food

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A quest for the ultimate menu!

A quest for the ultimate menu! R to L (Japanese Style). "Izakaya--Pub Food" Izakaya occupy the same vital space in the Japanese culinary landscape as tapas bars in Spain or tavernas in Greece. Unpretentious, frequently boisterous, they're places to meet with friends or business partners to unwind over drinks and small dishes that range from he
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sesana
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, comics
And that's a wrap on the series! Or as much as Viz translated, at least. It's interesting that they chose to do this particular theme. Izakaya is a much more nebulous category than anything else they've done. On the whole, not the best collection of chapters, but there are some good ones. I actually liked the story about Yamaoka and Kurita's twins. Surprising, since I've found the soap opera aspects of the series dull at best and annoying in far too many cases. It helped that Yamaoka's father di ...more
Laura
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
So my journey with Oishinbo has come to an end and it feels bitter sweet. I loved reading about all the different foods they eat in Japan and sometimes the history behind it all but Pub Food wasn't so deep.

This has a chapter all about a master beer pourer and he's sadly been fired from the job...Now, it's a reason to do with food (not the beer)...What has happened and can it be fixed up? When I found out why he got fired I was surprised (without giving it away) but it makes me wonder if _____ re
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Pixie
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who eats
Recommended to Pixie by: Bon Appetit magazine
Now that I have read all the volumes, I want to review the whole series. I was turned onto Oishinbo from a mention in Bon Appetit magazine. I love how VIZ brings these gems to the US and prints them back-to-front to preserve the original artwork. In general I am always amazed at how much I like the manga when if I saw the cartoons adapted from them they would seem too juvenile to watch. Something about the drawings in the printed form makes them appealing to all ages. It was also nice that they ...more
Ron
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
The one problem with the English-language version of Oishinbo is that the volumes are organized thematically, around various types of foods, rather than going through the manga's storyline -- which I suppose is a necessity when you're dealing with a comic that's been running for 27 years. Actually, in MOST of the compilations I've read, this isn't really much of a problem, because the heart of the story (Yamaoka's efforts to create the "Ultimate Menu," and his father's constant belittlement of h ...more
Farah Ng
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
I watch it every night. I curl up in bed and wait for it. I love my Iron Chef. It’s called food porn for a reason. There are way too many unnecessary close-ups and it’s highly addictive. And everything just looks SO much better than when you do it yourself.

Oishinbo: Izakaya: Pub Food puts all the excitement of spectator cooking into manga so it’s no wonder that it’s hugely popular in Japan and around the world. It follows Shiro Yamaoka, a lazy reporter who’s been put to the task of collecting al
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Erin
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-books
So I'm really sad that I have finished this series :( According to Viz it's the final volume they plan to publish, but I sure wish they would do more especially since it's clear that it was so prolific in Japan. Anyway this was a good one with a focus on the unique cuisine served in Japanese pubs. I think I'm going to have to buy this entire series so that when I go to Japan I can use them as reference for hunting for good food. How cool would it be in there was an Oishinbo culinary tour of Japa ...more
Jadey
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, cooking
This was a GREAT book. Now I am not a long time fan of this series, and I did find the jumping around of plot a bit frustrating, but I very much so enjoyed the teaching of cultural relevance of differe Izakaya foods very enlightening. I Even had a dream because of this book (a rare event)
Alex Lawless
Apr 28, 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 izakayas and pub-related food), edited for English, taken out of the context of a much longer-running manga. For being the final volume collection, I found this one to be less excited than some of the others. Though I will say, I did appreciate how they wrapped up some of the small story lines we'd been introduced to in previou ...more
Bettina
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Just fine!
The book was always there for me to pick up when bored or needed distraction - but didn't beguile as much as the others. Good though, as the series is. I do now forever want some smoked chicken with wine vinegar and herbs with a Shunnoten Junmaishu "Takazasu" sake, warmed to 108 degrees.
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Laura
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
Listen, the characters are one-note and so are the stories - so what? It's fun and silly and entertaining, plus it goes into surprising depth about Japanese food and food culture. The drawings are an interesting mix, with the main characters looking very anime and the others drawn in a more realistic style. The scenery and especially the food are likewise very realistically drawn. ...more
Alyson Fortowsky
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
See my other reviews of this series for more in-depth commentary. This one is most appealing for its depiction of the atmosphere of the Izakaya, or Japanese pub. The characterization and dialogue are also laugh-out-loud at moments. I've learned endlessly from this series. ...more
Jason
Every volume of this series is fantastic, though I don't always know what to say about them. I learn SO MUCH in each volume and the series is responsible for me seeking out food & drink I've read about and broadening my horizons as a result. Highly recommended! All of them! ...more
Rhita
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019challenge
I loved how this book immersed me in the Japanese culture and reminded me of the many nights I spent with Japanese colleagues going to Izakayas after work. Unique dishes and appreciation for relationships and work Dynamics. I didn't read any of the other ones but I definitely will! ...more
Kamilla
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Some may say choosing a manga as my final book in the 2019 challenge is cheating... well too bad! This was a really fun read that I took on holiday and all through the hectic holiday season.
It also convinced me to try warming my sake next time!

Happy New Year everyone!
Delphine
This was my favourite, I think. I loved that this volume gave a lot of information about the story. The Izakaya is always the best setting for Oishinbo's stories, I liked to see it in each chapters, leaving aside the competitions for this book. ...more
Erin L
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another interesting look at Japanese food and the traditions around it. It's interesting to read about how the rituals around the food enhance the experience and flavor. ...more
Reese
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t like that the chapters for this English translation series are arranged thematically instead of being in chronological order. The backstory of the characters didn’t make any sense.
Finlay
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cheesy storyline, just like the others, but this one was especially thin on the food details.
Laura
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Still enjoyable. A bit repetitive in format, a definitely collected out of publication order, but fun and informative. Good stuff.
Connie (hoot reads books)
More focus on the character relationships inside this volume. Now I want to eat izakaya now with sake!
Michelle
The last Oishinbo! Volume 7 covers the food at the venerable Japanese institution called the izakaya. This gets rendered in English as "pub food", but encompasses a much more diverse set of options than that term implies in this language, covering edamame, fried fish cakes, udon, eel skewers, and much more. This volume had some of the most delicious-sounding food while at the same time having the most tenuous link to the theme; although the stories have to do with food considered izakaya staples ...more
Lydia Presley
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, foodie, manga
This is the final volume in the Westernized Oishinbo series. I'll talk a little bit about how I felt about the series on the whole after I talk about this volume a bit.

This volume deals primarily with pubs or as they are referred to in Japan, Izakaya. Everything is dealt with, from sardines to western gratins. I have to admit, the sardine cakes (with mashed bones and all) did not look appetizing to me, but.. who knows, some day I might give them a shot!

The author reveals himself in the middle se
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Joanie
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I read this out of order. I still have some of the previous issues remaining to read.

Just as good as ever. I adore pub food and love the izakaya experience so this was going to be perfect for me. I came out of this wanting to eat pub food all day until I had tried everything on these menus. Sadly, being this far away from Japan puts me at a major disadvantage for variety.

The characters are fantastic. The designs are either adorable or scrumptious, there really is no in-between. No one tones
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Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 added it
Shelves: owned
As far as I can tell, this is the end of the reprint series, and I'm giving it a negative mark since these reprints are a failure. Since they chose to publish these stories in a mishmash based on food groups instead of in chronological order, they ruined an amazingly entertaining and informative series. The information that is presented on Japanese cuisine is useless since these are ultimately manga stories based on food and not reference books, and by going out of chronological publishing order ...more
Jake Forbes
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
I feel like a jerk for giving such a consistently competent manga a low rating. For what it is, I'd give Oishinbo a 4/5 rating. The renderings food are enticing, the stories varied and the pacing is perfect. I'm just not getting much enjoyment out of this series. Maybe it's the moralizing sitcom structure, or maybe it's the way that the Japanese obsession with mastery, purity and perfection. I've read two volumes now and most of the food tips, while fun and often informative, boil down to always ...more
David
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-books, manga
I believe this is the final Viz volume of Oishinbo that Viz is releasing. In retrospect I don't know that they needed to put out seven; I think a greater editorial staff could have put out a three volume overview with greater indication of end notes. (I couldn't tell when there were end notes, as the text was not annotated to signify when the Japanese term would have an explanation.)

That said, I think the series has made me think of myself as a sake snob. I guess there are worse things to be.
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Beth
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I probably would have rated this higher, but the odd continuity was an issue for me. For those who have not read any of these, this release of the series is centered around each food type, showing highlights from what is actually a series with over one hundred volumes. It does not, therefore, come across as a coherent story. If you are reading for snippets of Japanese culture centered on food, you should be very happy. If you want to follow the story of the characters, it may be a little frustra ...more
Fátima López Sevilla
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
These four stars are actually 3.5: I love food and I want to know more about Japanese culture, but somehow this book didn't leave me fully satisfied. Maybe because I started from the ending, or because I saw the notes when I was about to finish it, but I need more. Like in, the rest of the series.

Or maybe it was that all the dishes depicted here are meat and fish based and didn't appeal me much.

Either way, I want to read the whole series and I want to keep learning about Japanese culture. Fish
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Jennifer
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, food
Really enjoyed this. It's the first volume of Oishinbo I've read & I'm wondering if I like it as much as I do because it's a stellar series, or if it's because I utterly adore Izakaya. The food writing is lyrical & wonderfully descriptive and I'm not bothered at all by the way the stories are grouped. (By food topic, not linear narrative, so you're jumping into the future and probably missing the day-to-day details of the story.) ...more
C
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
The characters are a bit histrionic, and while I love my food, I sometimes have to laugh at the prissiness about it... but I am learning some interesting things both about Japanese food, culture and apparently, the perfect beer pour.

One can never go wrong, learning about the perfect beer pour.
*sip*

Edit - I ended up skipping over most of the chatter/story and skipping to the parts about food. Learned some interesting things, at least.
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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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Oishinbo (7 books)
  • Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 1 - Japanese Cuisine
  • Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 2 - Sake
  • Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 3 - Ramen and Gyoza
  • Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 4 - Fish, Sushi and Sashimi
  • Oishinbo a la carte, Volume 5 - Vegetables
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