Review for The Anime Chef Cookbook: 75 Iconic Dishes from Your Favorite Anime
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
I love anime. I love it when food is eaten or made in anime. I love baking/cooking myself. So when I saw this book? I just had to click request. I needed this book. I wanted this book!
So last night (writing this one early September) I just couldn’t sleep. Not sure why. But it was a good thing for this book. I had plans on reading it the next day but if one cannot sleep why not read the book now? We have 4 sections in this book. Appetizers (yum), Mains (yum yum), Desserts (OMG YES), and Drinks (mmm). There are easy recipes and harder recipes. Some recipes require you to get items that you may not be able to get (heavy cream for me and some other small things), some recipes have items you can find everywhere.
On to the recipes. I really liked them. Well, OK, maybe it works better in a physical book because for now it was just recipe after recipe with illustrations here and there. So instead of reading it front to back I just went back and forth between things until I had read them all. That worked! But the recipes themselves are pretty easy and fun to follow. Sometimes I had to re-read to make sure I read things right, but it worked! I haven’t tried them yet, again, this was a book I read at night, no time to get cooking, I want to sleep eventually, plus I am sure my hubby would be wondering what the hell I am doing in the kitchen at 3 am. XD But I will definitely try a couple of these recipes that I don’t know yet. Like the strawberry/whipped cream sandwich. Or Kiki’s Chocolate Cake. Or the Ponyo’s Ham Ramen. I loved the variety in recipes. Some very well known ones like Kero Purin or Onigiri or Chocolate Cornets or Katsudon. Some that I didn’t remember, like Hot Buttered Rum Cow or Spinach Cheese Quiche. And I also loved the names. Some are just the normal names, but sometimes you get: Monster Cell Truffles or Sasha’s Stolen Bread and Potato Ration Soup.
Each recipe has a bit about the anime + which episode/season the recipe is from. I loved that because now I can go to these anime (or back to these anime) and see the food in animation. Yum! I also love the diversity in anime. Some older and some newer anime. From Laid Back Camp to Tales from Earthsea. I also love that there are often quotes from characters/the anime. That made it so much fun.
And then there are illustrations! Oh man, those made my mouth water. So GOOD. So SO GOOD. I just wanted to lick my phone (sorry phone). The art style was really, and this may sound weird, fluffy.
All in all, I would recommend this book to all. If you are an anime food lover this book is for you. If you just like cooking then this book is also for you, but it is just way more fun if you get the references. 🙂