Over the years, I’ve gotten to read a lot of manga, and one of the genres I really enjoy is cooking manga. I started with Oishinbo, and then started reading titles like Sweetness and Lightning and Dungeon Meshi/Delicious in Dungeon. I think anime and manga have a great tradition of depicting delicious-looking food in general (check out the feast in Spirited Away if you don’t believe me), and it’s fascinating to think about how artists have learned not just how to depict food, but the deliciousness of food.

What makes a plate of food look delectable? For salmon, maybe it’s the marbling of the fish? For a fried egg, the glisten of the yolk; for rice, the way individual grains stick to the bowl the way they’d stick to the sides of your stomach…

I hope to be able to capture that deliciousness myself one day!


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