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Reading manga sure can make a person hungry! Food appears frequently in Japanese comics, but what exactly is it that the characters are eating? Introducing The Manga Cookbook, an illustrated step-by-step guide to preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in every Western kitchen. Learn to identify and make the same things you see in all your favorite manga: Reading manga sure can make a person hungry! Food appears frequently in Japanese comics, but what exactly is it that the characters are eating? Introducing The Manga Cookbook, an illustrated step-by-step guide to preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in every Western kitchen. Learn to identify and make the same things you see in all your favorite manga: authentic onigiri (rice balls), yakitori (skewered chicken), oshinko (pickled vegetables), udon (Japanese noodles), okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pizza) and many others! Includes sections on how to assemble bento boxed lunches and properly use chopsticks. Features original manga illustrations by Chihiro Hattori. Soon, you too can enjoy a meal fit for a manga character!


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Reading manga sure can make a person hungry! Food appears frequently in Japanese comics, but what exactly is it that the characters are eating? Introducing The Manga Cookbook, an illustrated step-by-step guide to preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in every Western kitchen. Learn to identify and make the same things you see in all your favorite manga: Reading manga sure can make a person hungry! Food appears frequently in Japanese comics, but what exactly is it that the characters are eating? Introducing The Manga Cookbook, an illustrated step-by-step guide to preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in every Western kitchen. Learn to identify and make the same things you see in all your favorite manga: authentic onigiri (rice balls), yakitori (skewered chicken), oshinko (pickled vegetables), udon (Japanese noodles), okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pizza) and many others! Includes sections on how to assemble bento boxed lunches and properly use chopsticks. Features original manga illustrations by Chihiro Hattori. Soon, you too can enjoy a meal fit for a manga character!

30 review for The Manga Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Searska GreyRaven

    This was cute! A really good introduction to Japanese cooking.

  2. 4 out of 5

    AryaTheFangirl

    Really cute way to learn about some basic Japanese recipes. Second booktubeathon read 2014

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    This is a really cute cookbook. I like how the steps of the recipes are illustrated and explained in a way that children can understand them. I also like the notes at the end of most of the recipes because they tell a little bit of history of the dish and how it fits into Japanese culture. I really want to try some of these recipes and hope I can find all of the ingredients.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is just over all fun! The food in here are basic and cute; sometimes the food in this book can be seen in anime from time to time! Setting it in a manga/comic book way it makes it fun to read for kids and the kids at heart. You see the food and see how they put it together or cook it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Talea

    I already knew most of the recipes, but couldn't stop reading. This will be great for my youngest son, who loves manga. All my kids enjoy cooking and this little book with its illustrations is great for even my youngest to follow. I can't wait to get into the kitchen with them!

  6. 4 out of 5

    John

    A must have! Finally I can make all the things I have read about in my manga! Also interesting facts. Recommended to any otaku who likes to cook!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Margoe Littlepants

    What a fun way to learn a little about Japanese food and culture. I can't wait to make cute bento lunch boxes!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This is a cute cookbook filled with tons of black & white illustrations and color photos of prepared foods. It reads like a graphic novel, with manga characters Miyuki, her boyfriend Hiroshi, and their pet Coo guiding the reader every step of the way. The book covers several categories of Japanese cooking, e.g., obento, main courses, and wagashi (desserts). Noodle soup, sushi, pork cutlet, riceballs and animal-shaped sausages are some of the recipes included. In addition to the recipes, the b This is a cute cookbook filled with tons of black & white illustrations and color photos of prepared foods. It reads like a graphic novel, with manga characters Miyuki, her boyfriend Hiroshi, and their pet Coo guiding the reader every step of the way. The book covers several categories of Japanese cooking, e.g., obento, main courses, and wagashi (desserts). Noodle soup, sushi, pork cutlet, riceballs and animal-shaped sausages are some of the recipes included. In addition to the recipes, the book starts off with basics of Japanese cuisine, including how to use chopsticks and how to set the table for a Japanese meal. Several blank pages toward the back of the book are reserved for your own notes. As it's geared mainly toward manga fans, The Manga Cookbook shouldn't be taken as a serious cookbook. Rather, it's a great way for kids, teens and adults to learn how to prepare basic Japanese recipes one might find in manga and anime. This book isn't meant for those looking for ways to cook fancy meals, but it's just right as an introduction to the fun of cooking Japanese.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Iowa City Public Library

    Japanese food and manga come together in The Manga Cookbook with recipes by Yoko Ishihara and illustrations by Chihiro Hattori. Miyuki and her adorable mascot, Coo, walk the readers through each recipe. Miyuki’s boyfriend, Hiroshi, occasionally helps out as well, but mostly by eating. Most of the recipes are easy to follow thanks to the illustrations. It also helps that there aren’t many ingredients in any of the recipes. The extra touches given to the food’s appearance are some of the funnest pa Japanese food and manga come together in The Manga Cookbook with recipes by Yoko Ishihara and illustrations by Chihiro Hattori. Miyuki and her adorable mascot, Coo, walk the readers through each recipe. Miyuki’s boyfriend, Hiroshi, occasionally helps out as well, but mostly by eating. Most of the recipes are easy to follow thanks to the illustrations. It also helps that there aren’t many ingredients in any of the recipes. The extra touches given to the food’s appearance are some of the funnest parts of the book. I now have the, perhaps misguided, feeling that I could actually make the egg buddies (tamago tomodachi). Notes after many recipes are filled with interesting bits about the history of Japanese cuisine, ingredients in Japanese food and current customs in Japanese homes and restaurants. Grab a bento box and fill it up with some of this delicious and attractive food. --Andrea From ICPL Staff Picks Blog

  10. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    These are easy recipes simplified for Americans who might not be able to find some of the odder ingredients. Each step has images to show you what you should be doing. The problem is... this wasn't proofread well. One recipe doesn't tell you when to add the sugar (you can tell by the picture thankfully) and calls the Teriyaki sauce in the ingredients list soy sauce in the cooking steps. Another doesn't mention water as an ingredient but says you need some in the recipe (thankfully with a specifie These are easy recipes simplified for Americans who might not be able to find some of the odder ingredients. Each step has images to show you what you should be doing. The problem is... this wasn't proofread well. One recipe doesn't tell you when to add the sugar (you can tell by the picture thankfully) and calls the Teriyaki sauce in the ingredients list soy sauce in the cooking steps. Another doesn't mention water as an ingredient but says you need some in the recipe (thankfully with a specified amount). Also, the order isn't always clear when it comes to steps or what speech bubbles go with which steps. I'm a little disappointed. The recipes are super simple, but with the typos and missing pieces it's probably not good for beginners.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    This was a lot of fun to read. I also love the idea of a Manga University Culinary Institute. I found this while looking for something to help a schoolteacher friend who needed simple recipes to prepare with her lower-elementary students. Bingo! They all know manga, they've all wondered what a riceball is really like, and wanted to try them. The recipes are simple, well-explained, and the ingredients are inexpensive. The kids were thrilled that they were able to put together a real Japanese meal This was a lot of fun to read. I also love the idea of a Manga University Culinary Institute. I found this while looking for something to help a schoolteacher friend who needed simple recipes to prepare with her lower-elementary students. Bingo! They all know manga, they've all wondered what a riceball is really like, and wanted to try them. The recipes are simple, well-explained, and the ingredients are inexpensive. The kids were thrilled that they were able to put together a real Japanese meal for the teachers and the other class in their grade.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a great little cookbook, not only does it have some fantastic recipes, it's fun to read since it is done manga-style. Not very many cookbooks are actually fun to read, since most of them are simply read for the information and not intended to be anything other than that. I love that the recipes are easy to follow and don't require a lot of ingredients. I read this the day I got it and already I know which things I'm going to make first. I highly recommend this for any fans of anime, mang This is a great little cookbook, not only does it have some fantastic recipes, it's fun to read since it is done manga-style. Not very many cookbooks are actually fun to read, since most of them are simply read for the information and not intended to be anything other than that. I love that the recipes are easy to follow and don't require a lot of ingredients. I read this the day I got it and already I know which things I'm going to make first. I highly recommend this for any fans of anime, manga or Japanese cuisine, it's a great little introduction to fun Japanese foods.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    The recipes mostly look like they could be done by teens, though I didn't try any out. I liked the appetizers the best, because you could make cute looking food. I enjoyed the fact that the characters who took you through the recipes were done manga style, though the book was written in regular left to right format, rather than the manga right to left. Recommended for teens who want to know how to make the sort of food they see in manga or just want to make something other than mac and cheese fo The recipes mostly look like they could be done by teens, though I didn't try any out. I liked the appetizers the best, because you could make cute looking food. I enjoyed the fact that the characters who took you through the recipes were done manga style, though the book was written in regular left to right format, rather than the manga right to left. Recommended for teens who want to know how to make the sort of food they see in manga or just want to make something other than mac and cheese for dinner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Kawaii!!!! The Manga Cookbook collects recipes for traditional Japanese foods mentioned in manga and anime, with easy to follow directions for tweens and up. While you might have to purchase some of the ingredients in an Asian/Japanese grocery, most should be available at any natural food store or co-op. Everything in the book looks simple to make and includes mini-essays and notes on the role the food has in Japanese diets. Do I need to mention it's drawn in manga?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This book gives basic starter recipes for Japanese cooking. It goes through the process step-by-step, which is great for beginners and teens. The humor is a bit dry and/or overdone for manga style, but then, it's a cookbook and serves that purpose. Gives a bunch of creative yet simple bento ideas to try out which really gets the ball rolling and shows the reader how to pack the lunch as well!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    10 Second Review So, you want to learn to cook but hate those stuffy ‘Martha’ books? Maybe you want to eat what your manga heroes eat? Well, this book might fit the bill. The Manga Cookbook includes recipes for Udun, Dango, Gyudon and even Japanese pizza! Everything is presented in a manga style that is easy to read and easy to follow. Notes Learn to use chop sticks! Learning Curve Low: Good for new readers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Salsabrarian

    Took a glance through this out of curiosity. Appears to be a friendly intro to Japanese cooking and cuisine. Parental guidance will be necessary for several recipes, including understanding some of the instructions which were vague to me. But color pictures of the recipes will help kids figure out what stuff is supposed to look like.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chelle

    Very kawaii! Simple but yummy Japanese cookbook in a form of a manga. I love the bento box instructions. I thought the how-to on chopsticks was pretty useful to have for those whom need it ( I don't I'm half Chinese & would get rapped on the hand with chopsticks if I didn't use the properly when little.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Somewhere between Cup Noodle and sushi are the regular meals that Japanese people eat. I think this book touches upon the more popular recipes with the emphasis being what to make for your bento/lunch box. The instructions look pretty easy-I haven't attempted any yet. I also enjoyed the cultural notes that are included with some of the recipes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aisha Cartwright klein

    This cookbook is super cute and most of the recipes are pretty good to eat. I've tried out gyudon, which I love, tamagoyaki, and karaage. And I'm thinking about trying out the soboro bento and the okonomiyaki next. All in all, this is a good cookbook to start out with if you want to know about Japanese food and bentos.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ariolander

    Pretty amusing and about what you would expect. Not the best book if you are looking for real complex recipes but a nice illustrated guide for some basic Japanese cooking. Some of the dishes are quite cute.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    A surprisingly easy-to-use japanese cookbook. Fully-illustrated, with color pictures. Ignore the comic gimmick if you must. Recipes are simple, with few ingredients necessary for most. Liked the bento-box ideas!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Callista

    The dango recipe has a mistype that leads to confusion it says 3/4 cups of (specific type of flour) what it actually means is 3 to 4 cups. This led to some wasted ingredients. But otherwise everything else is great! The dango, when it has the right amount of flour, come out deliciously!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A cute little cookbook, which should appeal to manga/anime fans who want to make onigiri, takoyaki sausage wieners, and all those other foods commonly seen in manga/anime. Haven't tried any of the recipes, but the difficulty of recipes varies, so this would probably be fine for beginner cooks.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Atomicgirl

    I tried the tonkatsu (otherwise known as pork cutlet), and it basically tasted like pork chops. In one sense, it's good since the book uses simple ingredients and is easy to follow. It's just not the best book to go to find dishes with a lot of flavor.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruben Angel

    This manga cookbook is full of fun and easy to make recipes. The food listed is pretty common and can be considered classics, I did wish there was more variety and more food. Still a great resource for starting!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I love this book, it gives you picture steps, that makes it so easy to cook. Even though, it doesn't give you a lot of recipes, the recipes the have are good and it is good if you want to start cooking Japanese food!

  28. 4 out of 5

    yengyeng

    This book combines two of my obsessions - manga and cooking. If you have ever wondered how to make usagi ringo (rabbit apples) or naruto rolls, this book will show you how. You can even make tomodachi out of your tamago! Cute ne (but not for serious cooks :P )

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really did like this little cookbook! Though, I expected more from it than what I got. I can't wait to make some of these though, and my little brother really wants me to perfect a few of these recipes so I can teach them to him!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Zen

    Fun way to learn to make some of those things that you see characters eating in anime. Now, when cartoon food makes me hungry, at least I will know what it is and how to make some for myself.

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