This is such a cute book for anyone who loves anime. The photographs are beautiful and details many well known desserts and dishes that any anime fan would recognize. I think this would make a cute gift or kitchen book to keep on hand.
This is no ordinary cookbook! If you love anime as much as you love baking, then you’ll love this beautiful book. Some of the recipes seem really difficult, but the author breaks down the steps into manageable tasks with clear instructions. Featuring crisp, aesthetically pleasing photos and a blurb for each recipe and the characters that inspired it, this cookbook will have you baking delicious Japanese and western desserts and other tasty dishes in no time. I would recommend this book to any anime fan or person curious about baking.
The book is full of interesting recipes, with lovely visuals! I think it's great to use with my students as they learn about procedural writing, while also learning about many Japanese foods. I think lots of my students are already interested in anime and manga, so this would really help their engagement in the lessons :)
I love finding books like this that we can add to our Y.A. non-fiction section. This is a must buy for my library. Please continue to produce edgy books like this for us.
Taking all the familiar foods of Anime and AAPI culture this cook book brings recipes to American bakers and readers. Many of the treats will be recognizable but the recipes and some of t he ingredients will be foreign. a little bit of prior knowledge of the culture and food will go a long way. Not too sure if everyone will be able to produce these tasty treats but its a great cook book in filling a gap.
Thank you to Emily J Bushman, Simon Element, S&S/Simon Element, and Netgalley for an advanced reader copy (ARC) of "Bake Anime: 75 Sweet Recipes Spotted In—and Inspired by—Your Favorite Anime (A Cookbook)" for an honest review.
This was a delightful little find, and I made little happy noises as I turned through the pages (bookmarking what I already wanted to try making myself!), knowing my students would love finding it on my classroom shelf (and that of our school library). There are so many characters and differing dish types, both American & Japanese, familiar favorites and overwhelmingly fancy pieces.
We LOVE cookbooks within our house and also are an anime household. Therefore, seeing this cookbook was really cool to come across. Some of the recipes looked great, some easy and others more complicated. It's a great addition.
Bake Anime is a fun (and admittedly slightly nerdy) tutorial guide and recipe collection for anime adjacent baking by Emily Bushman, and a thematic sister volume to 2020's Cook Anime. I couldn't see any overlap in the editing/production staff, but they have a very similar vibe, although different authors. Released 8th Nov 2022 by Simon & Schuster on their Element imprint, it's 160 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats.
I liked the layout here. It's lighthearted and whimsical but well written and a perfectly serviceable cookbook in its own right. The introduction includes pantry lists, equipment, and some of the author's own background as a fan of anime and Japanese culture, followed by chapters arranged thematically: Japanese desserts, western desserts, and desserts based on specific characters.
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 heading with the dish's appearance in a specific anime show/episode.
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 got out of the habit of 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.
Five stars. This would absolutely star in conjunction with an anime binge watching party with friends. 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.
Wow these recipes are almost too pretty to eat. This would make the perfect gift for any anime fan in your life.
To me, these recipes aren’t something I’d incorporate in my everyday baking. However, they are fun and beautiful recipes for a special occasion.
I thought this was a book about decorating anime shaped cookies. Instead (and much better) it is a book about the foods that show up in anime and about the cultural and dramatic cues they represent. Alas, I am not an anime follower so I can't comment on the book at all except to say I think it is a wonderful concept and the recipes seem fine.
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The pictures of the desserts are amazing and the recipes seem simple enough to follow. I like that it tells you all the tools you could need and all the party items that you are going to need to make the Japanese dessert that might not normally be in your pantry. Oh, it is cool that it tells you which Anime each recipe comes from. It is split into Japanese recipes and Non-Japanese recipes. This means recipes from other places in the world. I am going to have to try some like the Japanese Strawberry Shortcake. Yum Yum
If you love to bake and anime this is definitely a book for you. You are introduced to a variety of bakes from Japanese desserts to desserts inspired by anime, even some that are non-Japanese. The recipes are well written and the pictures beautifully display the end results. I will say that the recipes were in depth and on the harder side but I've learned with baking if you follow a recipe precisely things tend to turn out better. I tried a couple of the recipes and they weren't perfect but were tasty. I look forward to improving upon them and trying some others. The anime included was a wonderful variety and will definitely speak to those who love the genre.
Super fun if finicky recipes fill Bake Anime. All of those scrumptious pastries that fill your favorite anime can be found here. Most of the recipes taste great, but the focus is definitely on presentation. Good gift for anime lovers and aspiring bakers. Measurements are given in volume and temperatures are in Fahrenheit.
This was a fun read. It was fun to have some background to each recipe, where it came from historically and also where it could be found in an anime setting. It was very helpful to have a list of items and ingredients one might need at the beginning of the book, and also have an explanation of what they were rather just listing them by name. One of the things I appreciated most was the authors suggestions of substitutions if you could not find an ingredient or would like to make a recipe your own. Recipes were easy to follow with through instructions, tips and suggestions. Fun for anyone who likes food and anime!
This is a really well-done cookbook! It offers just enough information and background on the recipes, has beautiful photos and presents a huge variety of baked goods. It would make an excellent holiday present for anyone with an interest in cooking, anime, or Japanese culture. It's on my list!
Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book and for making me hungry! ;-)
I am obsessed with this cookbook, I can't wait to purchase a physical copy. The recipes were so well chosen and really easy to follow.
It is a cute book.. Some adventurous teen might tackle some of the recipes. I wish it had more pictures. I like to see the food I am cooking.
I really enjoyed looking through this cookbook and drooling over the amazing looking recipes! I don't have confidence in my own baking skills and these recipes look hard for a novice like me, but I am very much looking forward to persuading my friends into making some of these recipes for me.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me review this book. Reading about the various anime in each recipe was great. It makes me want to check out the ones I haven’t seen. This was a fun cookbook to read. The various recipe pictures were great. I liked that each recipe had tips and food facts.
I love how the book is organized. It is Japanese desserts, non Japanese desserts, then anime inspired desserts. It is a fun way to organize the dishes and I cannot wait to try every single one of them. Super excited for this to come out!