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Kitchen Princess, Vol. 01

(Kitchen Princess #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  18,498 ratings  ·  345 reviews

Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart--and now Najika is determined to find him. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy.

Attending Seika will be a challenge. Every kid at the school
Paperback, 187 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Del Rey (first published February 4th 2005)
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Lottie Eve
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This manga was so cute! I love how the manga includes cooking. I got this manga because the cover seemed so cute and the synopsis made the story seem pretty cute also. This manga just screams out cuteness! There are also recipes at the end of every volume of the foods that Najika makes!

I loved Najika! She reminded me a lot of Tohru Honda from the manga, Fruits Basket. She shares almost the exact same personality. She is sweet, always wants to help, selfless, and never gives up. She does have her
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Najika has been accepted to Seika Cooking Academy. When the students think she doesn't belong there, she tries to prove them wrong and her magical meals brings her to the attention of brothers Daichi and Sora who think she is something special. Is one of them her prince? Read on and find out for yourself.

This is a pretty good cooking manga and I look forward to continuing the manga in the future. Definitely check this manga out wherever you read manga at online, at your local library and whereve
When I first saw this, my expectations were:

After I read it, I was like:

Guys, this was actually pretty good! Maybe it's because I can connect so well with Najika that I enjoyed it so much! I want the best for everyone, but am not afraid to put someone in their place if they hurt someone, or myself. Najika spoke up and defended herself when she was bullied, and I approved!

If you enjoy Nanami Momozono's spunkiness from Kamisama Kiss, you will love Najika! Kitchen Princess is a cute manga, one that
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
Kitchen Princess is about a girl named Najika who has an extremely positive an upbeat personality. She has been admitted at Seika Academy’s Special Class because she has a talent in cooking. Through various adventures and mishaps she struggles to find her way along with the help of Daichi and Sora Kitazawa.

I read this series on a whim; I was really into cooking at one point. It is cute and fun, just pure enjoyable reading. I was delighted to find out that there are even recipes for what she make
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finally found a Manga series I like! Najika’s parents died when she was young, and she now lives at Lavender House, a home for orphans. Not long after their deaths, she was comforted by a boy who gave her flan. The spoon he left behind is the only clue she has to her “Flan Prince” but she is determined to find him and make him the best dessert in the world. She traces the spoon to Seika Academy in Tokyo, where she earns admittance in the 7th grade based on her enormous cooking talent. At the a ...more
Dec 28, 2016 added it
Recommended to Sylwia by: Giselle Bradley
This contains an enjoyable protagonist (reminds me a bit of my cinnamon roll Tohru Honda), the story and writing flow smoothly, there's a love triangle that is already breaking my heart (and I normally dislike love triangles!), and I enjoyed reading this volume very much! I'm not down with the girl-hate bullying stuff, but that's a typical manga trope that will most likely be resolved and the current female antagonist will most likely become our protagonist's best friend, so I'll allow it for no ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kitchen Princess has a romance plot that is similar to so many other romance manga that I won't even try to list them all. That's ok. What makes Kitchen Princess enjoyable is the execution. Najika is sweet, and I love her passion for cooking. (Isn't it nice to read a romance plot where the girl is passionate about more than just the boy in her life?) The romance is actually starting off slow in the first volume, and I really like when authors take their time developing relationships. The art is ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first non-fantasy manga I've read...but it was great! Like a Disney Channel Original Movie, this first volume featured a likable heroine, a cute story, a dash of romance, and plenty of fun! I look forward to reading more like this! ...more
This is one of those manga you look at and go, "Did they seriously make a manga about a girl cooking?"

Well, I saw it and said the same thing, then bought it. XD

It follows the typical shoujo mold. Girl in love with two guys (who happen to be brothers and complete opposites!), girl gets enemies because both boys show interest in girl, girl eventually becomes friends with enemies because she understands them, etc.

It's so typical, but it's just so cute. And besides, it has very yummy looking food. P
A Reader in Time
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is SO fat phobic, I just can’t give it a good rating because of that. It made me so uncomfortable and angry that these characters were so awful. It wasn’t challenged during the book (which would have slightly made up for it) which really irked me. Also, there was a lot of girl on girl hate in this which I really dislike. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this and am unlikely to read the second volume and continue with the series.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read Shoujo manga, not because I have anything against them, but more because the opportunity has never reared it's head. In fact, the only reason I read Kitchen Princess is because I borrowed it off of my sister when I had nothing else to read. But truth be told, it was actually quite good.

In general, the artwork is pretty simplistic, with the artist rarely pushing the boat out. However, when it comes to her illustrations of food, she really lets her talent shine. The food in t
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thought it was gonna be good but the art was off that I couldn’t focus on the story ugh 🤦‍♀️
♥ Jasmine ♥
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Manga fans who enjoy cute mangas or can cook cause I can't-
Recommended to ♥ Jasmine ♥ by: Literally almost every anime friend I have on this website
This was an extremely cute and calming manga to read and to relax me after reading the previous chapters of My Hero Academia ha...
Theresa ♫
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a romantic story including food.
I finished all 10 volumes of this series quite a while ago, and I totally loved it! :) 4 stars!

Basically, Kitchen Princess is about a girl named Najika who is admitted into Seika Academy's Special class because of her excellent talent of cooking. During her time at Seika Academy, she meets Daichi and Sora Kitazawa, and her adventures start from there.

Kitchen Princess was a cute story with the plot that had to do with romance and food. :) I can't spoil too much, but Kitchen Princess included roma
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
The art really irritates me, maybe it's because I've read other manga - not so great - with a similar kind of art where the plotlines were irritating. I don't usually like my characters young and fourteen. With the exception of Fly High! (Which I really loved. Kitchen Princess has a similar feel actually). But there is something familiar and sweet about this. I like that there is some tragedy, and that the relationships are deep. I like the protag, she's happy and not pathetically sweet. She's l ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is a review for the entire series.

I was hoping for a lightweight, fluffy, fun, cute story to escape the news these days. While this fits most of these criteria, it is way too stereotypical to be fully enjoyable at my age. Najika is the daughter of two famous pastry chefs that passed away on an accident. She is admitted to a prestigious academy where she can continue to hone her cooking skills and search for her "flan prince", a kid that saved her from suicide by feeding her flan. Yes, reall
This was very cute and fluffy! If you are in the mood for cute fluff, you will like it. If not you will probably hate it. Najika herself is sweet but she’s not very “unique” seems like there are tons of cute sweet girl characters in manga, so she doesn’t really stand out. But I still really like her??? I don’t know. Daichi and Sora are both fine. I don’t hate either of them. Akane the resident mean girl has more to her than just “mean girl” so I think I actually like her best as a character ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
simple and cute. I like it but it also didn't wow me. ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Story: Delicious Looking Food
Art: So Much Delicious Looking Food
Characters: There's so much food. I want to eat it all.

Total: 4/5
Moirin Ramirez
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-shelf
*4.5 stars! As I said before this is super out of my comfort zone but I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I had I looking into vol 2 already? Possibly....
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a manga series cute enough to eat, like a creamy Ricotta cheesecake. It is the sweetest, snuggliest, loveliest, most delicious shoujo manga I've ever read - purely to be read to take the place of eating comfort food. By the moon and the stars I feel stupid just typing up those words, but I can't think of a more fitting description of 'Kitchen Princess', even if each chapter of all 10 volumes really did offer up a dessert - like a strawberry truffle or a creme caramel. The artwork fits th ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This was such a good book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to bake.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fluffy shoujo! The main character is the orphan of two pastry chefs. When she discovered her parents were gone, she wandered crying until a young boy gave her some flan and told her to smile every time she ate something good. Over the years in her orphanage, Najika perfects her baking/cooking skills partly to pay homage to her parents, and partly due to the love of food this boy inspired in her. The manga opens with Najika preparing to leave for a prestigious academy. The spoon left in the flan ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Kitchen Princess is an example of Manga. I did not enjoy this book. My son had picked it up for me at the county library when I asked for a Manga book. He said it was the only one that looked girlie and he didn't think I wanted one with a lot of fighting in it. I think that an action Manga might have been more enjoyable. The book itself was a little difficult to read with the backwards setup. It took a while to get used to that but the storyline was not that interesting either.
The story itself
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was just TOO adorable. It's so cute! A story of a girl dreaming to find her prince. I fell in love with Najika's personality! She's so determined, confident, and smart. I feel that we could be good friends. I wish I had the chance to meet her. She may be challenged, but she won't give up with the help of two handsome boys. Sora and Daichi made me melt with Sora's talent with the piano & Daichi's talent at basketball. I'm a sucker for an athletic boy!!!!!!! I do have a feeling of who might b ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa
This manga is really cute. I mean this within the context of shoujo manga, which can be really sugar sweet. Still, I don't think it's disgustingly saccharine.

The heroine Najika is one of the most upbeat, optimistic characters I've ever encountered. She is not however endless perk in the face of everything. You have moments where you can see how hard it sometimes is for her to put on a brave face. These moments show how strong she is.

The romance elements are kind of cute and kind of obnoxious wit
May 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This will be my review for the entire Kitchen Princess series.

Yes, it's girly. Yes, it's pretty shallow. But I like it. It's a fun, light manga series that just puts you in a better mood when you want something cute, funny, and predictable. It's pretty much a classic shojo.

Najika loves to cook. She enjoys creating new combinations of ingredients, experimenting with variations on classic dishes, and watching the reactions of people to eating her cooking. In fact, she even has an almost unbelievab
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant series. The characters have so much depth to them and life. The recipes that are talked about in the manga are given to you at the end of the book. Heartfelt and nearly made me cry in parts.The artwork is gorgeous and I really love this managa. Definatly a series to look out for!

Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart–and now Najika is determined
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Status: Completed.

This has pretty much every single trope ever to exist in the shoujo manga genre.

The protagonist is an orphan. Her parents were pastry chefs which is what she wants to do when she grows up. After her parents died she was understandably sad and one day she meets a boy who cheers her up and gives her a flan. This is a cherished memory to her and the spoon that came with the flan her precious keepsake. The spoon has a symbol she learns belongs to a rich high school academy so she
Adrianna Laskowski
Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Copyright-2005 Tokyo, 2012 English translation
Number of Pages-187
Book Format- Paperback
Reading Level-Age level: N/A; GR: N/A
Genre- Manga
Lit Requirement-Manga

Summary- This book is about a girl named Najika. She lost her parents when she was little and had to move to an orphanage. When she was younger she almost drowned, but a boy saved her and she is looking for him. The only thing she has left to remember him is a spoon. She joins Seika Academy . She notices that everyone is extremely talented.
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安藤なつみ, Andō Natsumi is a Japanese manga artist. She is best known for Zodiac P.I. as well as Kitchen Princess, for which she won the Kodansha Manga Award for children's manga in 2006.

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