Review! Japanese Cooking with Manga by the Gourmand Gohan Team

Japanese Cooking with Manga: Easy Recipes Your Friends Will Love!
Created by the Gourmand Gohan Team (Alexis Aldeguer, Maiko-san, & Ilaria Mauro)
128 pages – ages 8+
Published by Tuttle Publishing on September 25, 2018

Synopsis from Publisher- Three friends walk you through their best Japanese recipes—in expressive, humorous illustrations!

Cooking should be fun, and this highly entertaining Japanese cookbook for beginners is packed full of humor and whimsical illustrations. Japanese Cooking with Manga started out as “Gourmand Gohan,” a hand-drawn and hand-bound edition that the three co-authors circulated among their friends in Barcelona. Each author has a unique take on Japanese food preparation, but they are all equally passionate about food and how it brings people together.

Simple, step-by-step Japanese food recipes are accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations and commentary on each page—making this manga cookbook read more like a graphic novel than your average collection of recipes. Information about Japanese culture and traditional Japanese cuisine are presented in a charming and accessible way, making learning a new style of cooking as educational as it is entertaining. The colorful manga art and comic-style stories within this illustrated cookbook will appeal to the serious foodie and experimental chef alike.

Easy home style recipes with a Japanese twist include:

  • Okonomiyaki Japanese Pizza
  • Codfish Tempura
  • Shogayaki Stir-fried Pork with Ginger
  • Ham and Cheese Potstickers
  • And 55 more!

These three home cooks took on the world of Japanese food culture—and now, with the stories and recipes in this adventurous cookbook, so can you and your friends.

What I Thought- This was a very creative book – I loved that they included comic-type illustrations to teach the recipes. The book starts out with a story of how the book came to be.

The book then follows with an introduction to Japanese-style cooking, with clear instructions and illustrations to help.


We made a few recipes from the book using as many ingredients as we could find. We had to substitute some things – like orange pepper instead of green. But mostly we had what the recipes called for. There is a section in the front of the book that lists essential ingredients (like sesame oil and shiitake mushrooms). Fortunately we had most of those things.

We made the ham and cheese potstickers,

broccoli miso soup, and soy braised vegetables (the recipe called for serving with rice but we served the dish with rice noodles.



The entire family enjoyed the meal and are anxious to try other recipes. We fought over who got the last serving of the miso soup. I found the recipes easy to follow and I enjoyed the snippets on Japanese culture the authors included. The illustrations were nice and were helpful in following the recipe.

It’s a good starter cookbook for kids or adults not familiar with Japanese-style cooking. The book is a great choice for younger kids, but they will probably need adult supervision to help with some of the recipes.

Now excuse me while I go make the mushi-pan banana muffins mmmmm

I give this book four out of five bookworms. 

Categories: Age 6-9, Comics / Graphic Novels

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12 replies

  1. A fun recipe book. Glad you tried out some of the recipes. Looks yummy!

  2. This looks great! My 14 year old son who loves manga might like this. He also likes to bake.

  3. You had me at ham and cheese. Make it into a Japanese dog treat and I’m in!

    Love and licks,

  4. Nice cooking!

  5. Clever way to present a cook book! Sounds like fun!

  6. Oh, my kind of book!!! Thanks for featuring it — great to see you and Josie in the kitchen. 🙂

  7. Great post! You should check out the website OnManicLine. Its a great place to read and create manga, its also free! 🙂

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