[Manga Rec List] Cooking/Recipes

Specifically, manga about cooking with explicit recipes, whether included as part of the story or included as an afterword.

There are a lot of general “foodie” manga, which are more about the consumption of food rather than the making of it, that I elected not to include here. Though there are plenty of great ones, so if anyone wants an addendum with those added, I would be happy to oblige.

Delicious in Dungeon: OK, this one’s a bit of an odd one. Set in a fantasy world where a group of dungeon explorers end up having to go deep into the dungeon to rescue one of their friends, Dungeon Meshi features very precise recipes (including actual ingredient measurements!) but with fantastical dungeon ingredients. I’m not sure if you can actually cook with this manga, but I sure would like to try someday. This manga is available via Yen Press.

Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan: A spinoff from the Fate series featuring your favorite Fate/Stay Night characters in a world where there’s no Holy Grail War (but still Servants, for whatever reason). Shirou cooks for basically everyone, and things are sweet and fluffy.

Isekai Ekisha no Kissaten: Following the trend of “restaurants in another world”, this manga is set in a train station in another world. It’s definitely focused primarily on the “healing” qualities of good food. The recipes are mainly included at the end of the story, and isn’t really integrated into the text itself. Still a pretty sweet manga, though, with a unique enough premise to set it apart in an oversaturated subgenre.

Kimi ga Shinanai Hi no Gohan: Featuring one of the most terrible cooks ever, this manga is about a boy cooking for the spirit of his childhood friend in order to keep her alive. It’s an interesting premise, and the recipes are specifically made to be simple (because the protagonist is a genuinely awful cook). Unfortunately doesn’t include an ingredients list at the end, but the instructions in-text are definitely detailed enough to cook from.

Masaki no Pan: A manga all about making bread! There’s actually a lot of interesting and new information I’ve never heard about in regard to bread-making in this one. They also include a (super detailed) instructions list at the end of every chapter. But honestly I found them incredibly complicated, so definitely not for beginners.

Misoshiru de Kanpai!: About a girl who makes her childhood friend breakfast every morning in the place of his late mother. Cute and simple and really, really passionate about miso soup!

Nanahoshi to Tachibana: About a pair of twins who run a bread shop. There’s a lot of interesting stuff underneath the surface here besides just cooking, but it definitely falls under the category of “cooking with recipes included”. Though the recipes might be a tad too vague, especially for beginning cooks.

Samenai Machi no Kissaten: About a girl who wakes up in a different world and starts working at a coffeeshop. Odd and quirky and a great relaxing read on a slow day.

Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan: About two stepsisters who bond over cooking. Honestly, what amazes me more about this manga isn’t so much the cooking, but all the various tools that the protagonists use to cook. I had no idea egg toppers were a thing until this manga and now I want one with the fire of a thousand suns!

Sweetness and Lightning: About a recently widowed father who learns how to cook for his daughter from one of his students. I particularly like this one because of how terrible everyone is at cooking. It makes me feel as if it’s also ok for me to mess up a bit, as long as I enjoyed the process. It’s available as a simulpub from Crunchyroll or in print from Kodansha. (Note: don’t worry, there’s absolutely no student/teacher romance here.)

Tabi to Gohan to Shuumatsu Sekai: A post-apocalyptic slice-of-life travel manga about a robot girl and dog on a journey to find their creator. They cook and eat stuff along the way. And, yes, they do cook something, recipes and all, every chapter. (The world of cooking manga sure is deep, huh?) In terms of tone and story, it’s very similar to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou in that humans are slowly dying out but the focus is on the beauty of the natural world. Very mono no aware.

Tonari wa Nani o Kuu Hito zo: A cute shoujo romance cooking manga! I like how the protagonists are in college instead of high school. The cooking bits are a bit amateur in the beginning of the manga, but they steadily get better and more well-integrated into the story. There’s also a sequel apparently, so that might be worth checking out too.

What Did You Eat Yesterday?: About a longtime gay couple and their meals together. I had no idea Yoshinaga Fumi was a foodie until this manga, but she is, and it’s great! This manga is available from Vertical.

2 thoughts on “[Manga Rec List] Cooking/Recipes

  1. Hello! I found your site through your list with recommendations about LGBTQ+ manga and I wanted to say I loved the ones I’ve read so far and your writing is so lovely! It’s been super enjoyable to read through your other posts, hope you have a nice night!

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