- Publisher : VIZ
- Author : Kariya Tetsu
- Illustrator : Hanasaki Akira
- Format : Black & White
- Page : 272
As part of the celebrations for its 100th anniversary, the publishers of the Tozai News have commissioned the creation of the "Ultimate Menu," a model meal embodying the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. This all-important task has been entrusted to journalist Yamaoka Shiro, an inverterate cynic who possess zero initiative - but also an incredibly refined palate and an encyclopedic knowledge of food.
Each volume of Oishinbo follows Yamaoke and his colleagues through another adventure on their quest for the Ultimate Menu. Now, the highlights from the hundred-plus volume series have been selected and compiled into A La Carte editions: bite-sized chunks of story arranged by subject that add up to a full-course manga meal!
Japanese Cuisine introduces us to the fundamental ingredients - rice, sashimi, greeen tea, and dashi (cooking stock) - that constitutes the soul of the Japanese kitchen. In each story we learn about the proper preperation and presentation of different dishes, as well as their history and cultural significance. The result is a moveable feast of a book, as informative as it is engaging.