Friday, July 16, 2010

This Looks Interesting: Oishinbo

Find the first volume at: [Amazon] [Borders] [Barnes & Noble]

Description from the publisher (Viz Media):

To commemorate its 100th anniversary the heads of newspaper Tozai Shimbun come up with a plan to publish the “Ultimate Menu”. The assignment is given to journalist Yamaoka Shiro, the protagonist of the series. With the help of a female coworker, Kurita Yuko, Yamaoka starts off on what can only be termed an epic saga to find the dishes hat will go into the “Ultimate Menu”.

See what some reviewers have to say about this series:

Jan at Dear Author
I seriously couldn’t put it down once I got it in the mail yesterday. I found everything about it fascinating, even the irritating father and how he was dealt with by the author, and the anal-retentive bits, because being picky about techniques and ingredients is part of being a good chef. I think anyone with an interest in Japanese cuisines or culture would eat this up.

Deb Aoki at
I'm not as picky as Oishinbo's gourmet hero Shiro Yamaoka, nor am I a snotty gastronome like his father, Yuzan Kaibara. But as read Oishinbo, I found myself equally fascinated by the food facts stirred into each story as I was by the intense rivalry between these dueling diners.

Johanna Draper Carlson at Manga Worth Reading
It’s not just about food, but culture. Notes in the back explain names and techniques a little further as well as clarifying how the characters relate to each other, given the time jumps. Future volumes are grouped by specific topics, and any of them would make a unique gift for anyone interested in any kind of food.

Dindrane at Need Coffee
Anyone interested in manga will appreciate these volumes of Oishinbo for something new and different than your usual sword fighting and inconvenient supernatural villains. Food lovers and history buffs will appreciate the entertaining way in which they can learn something new and interesting. Just don't try to read one on an empty stomach.

Snow Wildsmith at Graphic Novel Reporter
Hanasaki’s art is as down-to-earth as Kariya’s characters, another selling point for non-manga fans. His simple comic style is clear and easy to follow. Characters are distinct, their facial expressions are easily readable, and the panels flow clearly from one to the next.

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