Top 5: Books that Make you Hungry

Tuesday, November 15, 2011  By  Sadie Mattox     3 Comments

No doubt about it – Fall is for eating. There are plenty of graphic novels to appeal to the reader who likes to sit down with her pumpkin spice latte and take in the sights, smells, and tastes of a good food story. Here are the Top 5 Books to that Make you Hungry.

5. Chew

by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Still stuck on Halloween? No problem. Just pick up Chew to ease into the eating season. Detective Tony Chu is a cibopath. That is to say, he can get psychic readings from the food he eats. Yum!



4. Oishinbo

by Kariya Tetsu and Hanasaki Akira

Half family drama and half cookbook, this unique manga is a must read! Kaibara Yuzan is a master chef who gets results by berating his underlings. His son, Yamanoka Shiro, believes that careful instruction and a passion for food is a better motivator.



3. Yakitate!! Japan

by Takahashi Hashiguchi

Cute and over the top, this manga uses a quest for a national bread as launching point. Full of puns and mouth watering breads, Kazuma tries to create the best Japanese bread.



2. Kitchen Princess

by Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando

Najika is a talented student in a special school for aspiring chefs. As she works toward her dreams, she has to blend cooking with friendship, love, and bullies. At the end of each volume is a real recipe!



1. Antique Bakery

by Fumi Yoshinaga

Set in a luscious bakery, the manga covers the lives and loves of four men. Guaranteed to make your mouth water.

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  1.   November 17, 2011, 11:28 pm

    As far as Chew is concerned, remember: it’s not JUST the food he eats that gives him psychic impressions. During the time as a special agent for the FDA he’s had to eat all kinds of things, including a nibble off of a corpse and dog poop! Oh, what that man won’t do in the name of justice…

  2.   November 15, 2011, 9:48 pm

    Robin, I wonder if there are more manga on the list than Western titles because Japan’s well-established graphic novel market has targeted titles for almost every niche and demographic while ours is still realizing that not all readers are the same age and gender with the same interests? There are manga titles for board game players, for specific sport fans, for train lovers, for foodies. We don’t seem to have an equal breadth of coverage over here yet, though we’re getting closer all the time as the medium gets more exposure and publishers are more willing to branch out. Hmm. Now I want pastry. And I need to check out Chew. 🙂

  3.   November 15, 2011, 10:15 am

    Everyone who knows me knows I love me some Antique Bakery (for the description of the croquembouche alone, OMG), but I also wanted to link to Shaenon Garrity’s lovely (and hilarious, possibly NSFW in terms of language) rundown of why Fumi Yoshinaga is great. GREAT.

    Anyone else struck by how many manga this involves? I guess we Western comics folks need to get crackin’ on writing about food. 🙂

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