Not Love but Delicious Foods

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If you liked Oishinbo you’ll probably get a kick out of this. Mangaka Fumi Yoshinaga gives a glimpse into a version of her everyday life via a lead character called ‘Y-naga’, and a group of friends with similarly (consciously) badly hidden fake names. I get the feeling the book is written loosely based on herself and her friends, with details tweaked or embellished to make a better story (though I have no idea if that is really the case).

Anyway, the meat of the book is based around visiting their favourite restaurants in Tokyo and enjoying/describing many of the dishes at each one.  The descriptions are lovely and really make you want a taste of what they’re having.  The restaurants are all real and factual information about each restaurant is given at the end of each chapter – perhaps not super-useful if you’re not living in Tokyo, but it makes for a unique foody manga volume (of which there aren’t an awful lot to choose from with English translations).

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