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Cook Anime

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Delicious-looking recipes inspired by anime and Japanese culture - the ARC was entirely in black and white, which, for me, doesn't lend well to a cookbook. I want full-color, man! Perhaps the final version will have full-color images... The recipes, though, all sound amazing, some are fairly complex and you'll definitely need access to a good Asian market nearby, but if you're an anime fan, you'll definitely love this cookbook.
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I’m a bit of an anime fan, but I’m a huge fan of cooking and Japanese food. So for me, Cooking Anime was a really fun adventure. One aspect that I found really fun was supplemental materials that come with each recipe. Not only do you get a list of anime that that particular dish has shown up in, you get a bit of cultural history and context that brings not only the recipe, but their place in those particular anime to life. So even if you aren’t planning on cooking a lot or any out of this, there is still a lot for you. But hey, this is a cookbook, so why wouldn’t you want to make some of these dishes. And that is where I see this book really shining, it is an easy entry point into cooking and preparing Japanese food at home. As I said, I love Japanese food and have a number of traditional cookbooks on Japanese cuisine already on my bookshelf. But I can also see how some of these books would be intimidating or inaccessible to someone who hasn’t cooked a lot, or who doesn’t feel confident about their skills in the kitchen. Cooking Anime though lays out foundational pieces of Japanese cooking and then shows you how to put them together into a meal you may recognize from your favorite show. The Katsudon recipe is a perfect example of this. If you want to eat a little more Plus Ultra! they’ve given you a great primer on cooking rice, how to make tonkatsu, and how to put together a dashi broth. From there it is an easy trip to this final recipe. 

While cookbooks like this aren’t for everyone, I really do love cookbooks like this that offer a door in for people who may not be kitchen inclined or normally interested in learning to cook for themselves or others. So why it may not be my go to book for my next bento box, I already have a great list of people to invite over and send them home with an after dinner copy.

Thanks to Netgalley and Tiller Press for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Yes! The cookbook I've been looking for my whole life! The author describes it perfectly in the introduction - being enamored with the background scenes in our favorite anime, especially when there's food involved. All that animated food just looks so delicious, and now, we can know what it is and even make it for ourselves! This cookbook is not only great for anime nerds, but anyone looking to cook popular Japanese dishes. The recipes stick to authenticity where they can, and include lots of extra info to help one understand the dish beyond just the instructions for cooking it.
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Cook Anime is full of recipes seen in and inspired by our favorite animes! The recipes are easy to follow and sound amazing! I’m especially excited to try making the Pocky recipe!!! Each recipe has a small description of where the author got the inspiration for the dish. It was wicked cool to see dishes that I’d seen and read about in a lot of my favorite animes and mangas. I know a lot of my friends would be thrilled to have this book and try their hands at making these recipes! Cook Anime will definitely be something I’ll end up purchasing for a few of my friends!
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Cook Anime by Diana Ault is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September.

Recipes for main dishes, side dishes, bento box items, street food, drinks, and desserts, as well as a brief paragraph on the anime or manga being mentioned, helpful tips on ingredients and preparation, then mentions other mediums where this dish featured. It's straightforward in the sense the Ault doesn't gush over the anime and, instead, just wants the focus to be more on the food for a better flavor and easier cleanup, then secondarily on the Japanese language and cultural history.
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I volunteered to read this book, through netgalley in exchange, for an honest review. This book is well written. I enjoyed reading about the history and culture behind these recipes. Have you ever wanted to try the recipes your favorite Anime characters are eating? Then this is the book for you. This ebook is in stores now for $0.99 (GBP).
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The recipes are easy to follow and the photos were well done. I loved the educational component for each recipe with cultural references and the history of some dishes. A great cookbook for any anime lover!
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Really great recipes! I loved the anime explanation as to where it was from and a little about the anime itself. Very satisfying and an amazing recipe book!
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Thank you to NetGalley and Tiller Press for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

5/5 Stars! 

If you are a fan of Anime you will absolutely love this cookbook!  Every recipe begins with a brief explanation of the Anime which inspired it (or the Anime it's based upon), but even better is explains the exact scene where the food can be found! Ault has taken the time to provide extremely thorough explanations of each step, which are easy to follow along with and ensure that your food turns out perfectly.

What's exciting about this cookbook is that in addition to anime facts, Ault provides food facts and cultural facts, providing the reader an explanation of why this food is culturally important and why it may have been used in the specific Anime. Although not every recipe contains an image of the finished dish, the photos which are included are absolutely gorgeous.
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So many recipes!!  The photos are beautiful and look scrumptious.  I love that all of the recipes are referenced with an anime, some facts about the food, and some culture facts about the food as well.  Highly recommend for any crossover fans of food and anime!
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What a fun cookbook. “Cook Anime” covers a variety of Anime shows and you are sure to recognize at least a few titles and dishes. The author has taken care to include other shows where the recipes appear and has organized the book in an easy to follow format. I only wish this book included more pictures of the finished recipes, you get maybe 30-40% of the recipes with a picture and it would have been a five star book had there been a picture with each recipe.
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Great for those who love Anime and food. Loving to cook is a plus, but this book is chocked full of so much anime info, you could use it as a coffee table book as well. I loved recognizing a number of shows and the recipes from those shows, and I can't wait to cook them! From a range of easy rice balls from Fruits Baskets or if you want to get fancy with Fairy Tale's strawberry shortcake. Great for any library trying to reach out to their young/new adult crowd for sure.
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Diana Ault had a great idea with Cooking Anime. First of, is more than a cookbook.  It does have the ingredient list and detailed instructions. The recipes range from easy to intermediate and the directions are easy to follow.  

Ault adds some nice touches with notes on recipe variations, cultural notes, Anime references, and a list of Anime the disk had been featured in. The Anime references are good but they're not over the top so it stays away from weeb status.  

I like that this cookbook has some recipes that other Japanese cookbooks ignore like comfort foods like omurice and it even had the basics like how to cook rice and make dashi,

This is a well thought out cookbook and my only nag is that I wish each and every recipe had a colored picture.  I get that it's costs money but it's good to know if you got it right when you're done. 

Other than that this is a fantastic cookbook. 

I got this as a ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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Cook Anime is a fun (and admittedly slightly nerdy) tutorial guide and recipe collection for dining like our favorite anime characters. Due out 1st Sept 2020 from Simon & Schuster on their Tiller Press imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

I liked the layout here. The author had a two-pronged approach to the dishes. She saw food in anime and wanted to track down the real life equivalent, or she was exposed to a dish in real life and then found it represented in anime. The introduction includes suggestions for dishes, equipment, and an ingredients list (not incorporated in the early eARC which was provided for review) followed by chapters arranged roughly thematically: main dishes, side dishes & bento, street food, and drinks & desserts.

The recipes have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only, with a metric/SI conversion table in the appendices. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. Each recipe has a footer with the dish's appearances in different anime shows.

Well written and organized, this could be a fun addition to the cooking repertoire. It would also lend itself very well to fans of meal planning or once-a-week-cooking. Most of these recipes make several servings which could easily be used for a week's lunch planning. I've been avoiding buying food at the cafe at work during the pandemic and these recipes have provided good mileage for avoiding boring lunches at work for me, as well as adding a lot of fun to my cooking.

This would absolutely star in conjunction with an anime binge watching party with friends. Five stars. Highly recommended for fans of anime or anime/manga culture. I could see this also being a good choice for a reluctant cook, to get them into the kitchen and making food.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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Perfect cookbook for any weeb. I love the cultural and food facts included within the cookbook. Everything is so well described and I can see it becoming a great cookbook to use while cooking with friends or family. I'm excited to see the final pictures and getting my copy
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Cook Anime is awesome!  The recipes are great -  based on original japanese cooking but approachable.  The Dashi stock recipe alone is worth the book since that is a basic for so many recipes.  The art and pictures are great and I love that the book includes anime where the recipes appear.  I have already made the tonkatsu sauce recipe and tasted really great with my version of fried chicken cutlets.  I think this a great book for anyone who likes anime, especially kids in high school or college who are learning to cook.
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Such a unique and fun cookbook! Each recipe lists the anime(s) that it is featured in and has brief bit of facts about the anime and the food itself! All of the dishes sound delicious and have precise, easy-to-follow instructions. 

The tips and cute graphics add to the charm, and though the photos in the review copy are black and white, they are still very well taken.

I think this would be the perfect addition to an anime lover’s arsenal!
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Thanks to NetGalley for my copy.

This is a great book for anime fans who love to cook! I plan on buying a physical copy to refer to. The recipes are easy to follow. I also liked the trivia. This book would make a great gift to anyone who likes anime or is interested in Japanese cuisine. It would also be a good addition to a library's collection.
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Diana Ault really knows her anime, many references to some of my favourite anime’s with a explanations.
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This is going to be an amazing addition to our library's teen non-fiction section.  We have an afterschool cooking class to teach the kids how to make healthy meals so cookbooks are popular.  I love that each recipe is inspired by an anime and a short description is given.  My favorite is Miso Chashu Ramen.  Watch the first season of Naruto and you will know how important ramen is to the main character.  Living alone he would not eat if the ramen stall was not so convenient. The recipes are also accompanied by notes and other tidbits to help readers.  This is a well thought out book and perfect for those learning how to cook or anyone wanting to try making Asian dishes for the first time.
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