Review for How to Grill Our Love, Volume 1
I received this manga from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
I just love a good food manga, especially if there is romance involved, so when I saw this one up on Netgalley… well of course I had to request it. Sadly, I did enjoy it but there were things that just didn’t work for me.
The food was great, well OK, it was a bit meat centred for me, but I did love seeing him think of fun ways to make food. And boy, the food did look good. I just love it when food manga make food seem so fantastic, in most manga food is nice and all that, but in food manga you really get a feel that it is the most wonderful and magical thing and even get some fun expressions to go along with it (though the faces here were relatively normal in comparison to other manga about food, haha, I have seen some faces that would belong rather in a hentai).
The art was also quite pretty. The food was obviously the best part, but I also did like the character designs.
I would have also loved to see them go on dates a bit more, and not see them grill all the time. Maybe that would have helped me with the point mentioned below this one.
And I seriously didn’t get why these two had to get married? I mean, they are doing the long distance thing anyway for most of this book, so why not just start with a normal relationship and build up to marriage. I think it also didn’t help that I just didn’t get a hint of chemistry between the two. They felt more like friends/colleagues rather than lovers. So I think it would have helped for me if they just started slow and I could see them get together and click more.
For instance, I found the obsession (as I would call it because this dude even takes meat with him on his travels) with meat a bit too much. Especially in the times we live now. I am no vegetarian/vegan, I cannot be because of allergies/how my body is, but I am trying to limit my intake of meat and so seeing someone just stuff two big steaks in their mouths, or get so excited about meat and hype it so much, just feels a bit off. For most of the grilling he is using meat, only once do we see him use the grill in a different way, to make pancakes! I would have loved to see just a bit more variety in what he grilled, you can still do meat, but maybe also do moments without. And please, don’t take meat with you. That is just fucking weird.
As you can see, I am a bit on the fence about this one. I will definitely give it another volume just to see if there is any chemistry and see what food they grill next, but I may just DNF it halfway or sooner if it is just more of the same/no chemistry is appearing.