Not a home cooking semi-pro’s partner for nothing, when Kenji prepares himself instant ramen in Shiro’s absence, the level of dedication is rather inspiring.
About the Author
Over the past decade few female comic artists have been as beloved or as recognized for their work internationally as Fumi Yoshinaga. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971, Yoshinaga is a graduate of Tokyo's prestigious Keio University. A lifelong comic artist and story teller, she made her professional debut in 1994 with her short series, The Moon and the Sandals, serialized in Houbunsha's monthly Boys Love anthology Hanaoto. Since her debut Yoshinaga has penned more than a dozen, with a good number of them having been adapted into motion pictures and animated TV series. Her work on Antique Bakery sent her into international fame and she has since been nominated in the United States for the Eisner Award for her titles - Flowers of Life and Ooku.
In 2009 she was recognized with the James Tiptree Award for her literary contributions covering the topics of gender in speculative fiction in her title Ooku. Ooku also received the Osamu Tezuka Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award.
“While I was initially drawn to this manga because of the food—the recipes are actually really good, mostly simple, practical Japanese home cooking—I also fell in love with the story itself. It’s one of the nicest depictions of an ordinary middle-aged couple who happen to be gay that I’ve seen anywhere.” — Makiko Itoh, Just Hungry blogger and author of The Just Bento Cookbook