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Little Forest and Kinou Nani Tabeta? are gentle slice-of-life manga told through cooking. Both lack a chronological story, instead opting for glimpses into the lives and meal-times of their slightly unusual (but believable) adult protagonists. Both include recipes, facts about food, and other yummy goodness. Sure to make you hungry.
The country is in the midst of a heat wave, and with a lower than average rainfall there's a serious water shortage. As such, Chinami Kawamura and the rest of her school's swim club are relegated to running laps instead of swimming them, and in the heat of the mid-day sun, the young girl collapses. While unconscious, Chinami finds herself beside a clear, sparkling river in a deserted rural village where she meets a young boy named Sumio and his elderly father. But even after she awakens and returns to reality, Chinami continues to pass out and visits the same refreshing place - much to her mother's concern...