Oishinbo: Comic book food porn

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 all the best Japanese dishes to be placed on an “Ultimate Menu”. I imagine this would the kind of journalism that would face cuts after the recession but hey, this is a comic book and the Japanese take their cuisine a little more seriously.

For those of you who are familiar with comic books, this one features no heros, no blood, no fights. Oishinbo is a domestic adventure just as Virginia Wolfe wrote domestic epics. I was pretty amused by all the unique Japanese cuisine the book showed though. However, visuals are important to food and I wished it was all in colour but I guess that’s the norm with manga. Oh and the book reads right to left which may throw you off in the beginning.

Also, the recipes were far too simplified for me to actually try. (I’m a terrible cook) If you enjoy food porn or the simple over dramatization of the wild wild world of cooking, add Oishinbo to your menu.

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