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F-mi Y-naga is a mangaka whose life revolves around three things: work, sleep… and food! One day, the food-loving F-mi gets an assignment to introduce people to fine dining around the city and – with various friends in tow – she commences a gastronomic tour of Tokyo restaurants. From plates of Italian seafood salad with her room-mate S-Hara and rich French cuisine with fellow foodie, O-ta, to Sushi with her gay friend A-Dou and all you can eat Chinese dim-sum with her secret crush, F-mi is intent on eating her way around the world one dish at a time.
In the mid 20th century, young Hiroshi found himself enamored with manga – especially works created by Osamu Tezuka. With a strong desire to publish his own works, Hiroshi picked up a pen and began a lifelong journey to live up to his role model. Through disappointments and triumphs, Hiroshi continued on to help birth a new form of manga, as the history of the medium unfolded around him…
Both are autobiographical manga by fairly famous mangaka. A Drifting Life is a historical manga that details Tatsumi's career and entire life, while Not Love But Delicious Foods... chronicles the day-to-day life and meals of a modern mangaka that's already made it pretty big.
Both these slice-of-life volumes by Fumi Yoshinaga chronicle the daily life and trials of an adult woman and the people in her life (her friends, family, co-workers, etc). Both are realistic, sensitive, slow-paced, and full of dialogue. Not Love But... also features oodles of pictures and descriptions of food, which All My Darling Daughters only occasionally slips into.
Tachibana is an heir to a huge and successful corporation. He can speak five languages, play musical instruments, and has even passed the bar exam, so naturally he's now... running a bakery?! At the Antique Bakery, Ono, known as the ‘Gay of demonic charm' is serves as the head patissier; ex-boxing pro Eiji works as Ono's apprentice; and Tachibana's bumbling henchman and shadow, Chikage, helps out to the best of his rather limited abilities. As a carefree ladies man, Tachibana is always ready to turn on the charm if it means getting a sale, though aside from his love of women, no one really knows why the grandson of a successful businessman would suddenly decide to open a bakery. Could a traumatic event in Tachibana's past have anything to do with why he set up shop?
Anyone who loves food and Fumi Yoshinaga's work should pick both of these series up. Both Antique Bakery and Not Love but Delicious Foods Make Me Happy focus on eating establishments and human interaction. While Not Love is geared more towards the food than Antique if you enjoy the subtle humour and salivating nosh on each page, then try out both of these.
Fumi Yoshinaga really likes food, eh?
Both of these manga are slice-of-life tales told through meals (either restaurants or cooking). There's not a lot of action or drama, it's mainly just the characters talking to each other (so tons of characterization), and lots and lots of descriptions of delicious foods (that will make you very hungry). Kino Nani Tabeta? includes recipes for everything prepared, and Not Love But Delicious Foods includes detailed information about the real-life restaurants visited, so if you're in Tokyo (or have access to a very well-stocked grocery) you can eat everything yourself.
Twenty-eight-year-old Cranry Bennett is a single woman who runs a bustling cafe. Though she doesn't feel the need to marry, she does need some help around the house, thus putting out an ad for a maid in the paper. However, she arrives home one day to find an unlikely applicant on her doorstep: thirteen-year-old Shirley Madison. Though Cranry would have preferred an older candidate she decides to give Shirley a chance. Together, the two talk about corsets, eat delicious meals and get to know each other.
Shirley and Not Love But Delicious Foods are delightfully mundane one-volume slice-of-life stories. With little romance to muddle things up, both are simply characters talking to each other, getting to know each other, and going about their day-to-day lives. Very relaxing.