I really loved Antique Bakery and I may have read some other works by Fumi Yoshinaga, so when I spotted this one on Netgalley I knew I had to request it! Food x LGBT x Fumi Yoshinaga’s wonderful art, YAS please!
It is a question asked at times, a question that makes you think, because What did you eat yesterday? I can honestly say that I sometimes know the answer immediately, and sometimes I have to think about it for a bit. It is easier now that I make weekly menus, I can just check back. XD Yes, cheating, but hey. 😛 I had a laugh at how the book started with that and how Kakei totally summed up a whole menu (I wonder how he ate all that). Like how? I wasn’t a fan of how the people reacted when he left after that menu bomb shell, I mean, seriously? If you are good at it, as we can see Kakei is, then you can find some real gems for cheap. You just need to look!
And after that the story really starts! Including cooking which I hadn’t expected, but I guess I should have expected it. Given how he makes elaborate menus and is checking all the supermarkets. But still! It was a nice touch and I loved that it kept coming back! We see various menus that Kakei is making for Ken. And while it seems like a ton of food, I still grew hungry and wanted to step into the manga to eat a few of the foods! Yum!
The rest of the volume is nice and calm. Slice of life along with food, about being gay, about both of their jobs (Kakei is lawyer whereas Ken works at a hair saloon), lots of conversations about all sorts of topics (often very interesting). It was really fun and calming to read, just what I needed on this day~
I would have loved just a bit more romance between the guys? I don’t know, for most they just talked or bickered. And I just wanted to see just a tad more love between the two. Some kissing? Some hugs?
I wasn’t sure how I felt about “I’m not bi anymore!” I understand that maybe he discovered he was just way more into boys and thus decided gay was a better way to address himself, but it did come more across as I went through that phase I am done with it. And that is something I read way too often about being bi. Bi is not a fucking phase. Bi is not something that means you are just not sure yet about what you like. No. Just no. Also just because you marry the opposite gender doesn’t mean you are straight. You are still Bi. flips a table This kind of crap can just stop. Really, I thought coming out as Bi, finally figuring out that yes, I liked boys and girls (and maybe more), would mean I would finally find a place, but I constantly read these kind of comments and given I married a guy…. sighs
I absolutely adored that there were recipes and tips on food/food process added! Though I had a bit of a laugh at the prices of food. Yeah, great you add that, but that won’t work here. XD
The art was fun, though I liked the serious art of the sillier art. The food though was just heaven and I am now so hungry that I am glad that it is almost lunch time.
All in all, I really had fun reading it. Some things could be better (show us more relationship and stop with bi-erasure), but for most I flew through the book and I would love to read the next volume!