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The Kamogawa Food Detectives

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I thought this book had a wonderful premise and interesting ideas, but unfortunately the translation to English was not the best. The language was a bit lackluster.

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The Kamogawa Food Detectives
by: Hisashi Kashiwai
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

I would describe The Kamogawa Food Detectives as a culinary mystery. The Kamogawa Diner is a restaurant in Kyoto that is ran by Koishi Kamogawa and her father Nagare. People come to the restaurant so that Koishi and Nagare can recreate memorable food dishes from their past.

The book is divided into six chapters. These tell the individual stories of six guests who sought out the restaurant, as well as history of the dish from their pasts. Kashiwai's writing is warm, engaging, and written with a deep respect for cuisine, treasured recipes, and the ingredients and techniques used in preparation. This book is first in a series.
Thank you to Net Galley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons for an advance reader's copy. My review is my own.

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I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but the cute cover totally roped me in and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not normally a fan of mystery/suspense books, but the cozy theme of this one intrigued me. I've been to Japan several times and absolutely love it, making it easy for me to really envision the scenes. I really enjoyed the central theme of nostalgia throughout.

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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title. It was a bestseller in Japan and has been translated into English. Nagare Kamogawa and his daughter, Koishi operate the Kamogawa Diner from a nondescript diner. There are no signs or menu, and people primarily come for one thing, The Kamogawa Detective Agency. They track down the recipes for those longed for dishes from our pasts.

An utterly delightful read. Each chapter presents a different dish and the experiences of the person seeking it. The book is a love letter to food and how it connects us. Food, especially those dishes from our past, is so evocative. It transports us through time and space, reminding us of connections to our family, to our culture, to our place in the world. Nagare and Koishiare our grounds and our guides on this journey, and I appreciate how they unfold over the course of the book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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🐾 Can we talk about how adorable this cover is?!? Absolute purrfection! 🐾

I absolutely loved this! Cozy, heartfelt and packed with delicious food - it reminded me of the perfect mix of cozy mystery + the Before the Coffee Gets Cold.

10/10 recommend and am keeping my fingers crossed that we get more Hisashi Kashiwai novels translated into English!

Thank you G.P. Putnam's Sons for the gifted copy!

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📚 #BOOKREVIEW 📚
The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Pages: 207 / Genre: Cozy Mystery

Koishi Kamogawa and her father Nagare run a tiny restaurant in Kyoto. They are also food detectives. Customers come to them with a vague memory of a dish they had eaten long ago but has stuck with them for years. Based on seemingly little information, former police detective and now a skilled chef, Nagare traces the origins of each dish and memory until he is able to recreate the dish exactly as remembered.

I really enjoyed this very quaint and cozy mystery, especially the vivid descriptions of all the Japanese dishes. Each final dish also provided crucial missing pieces to each customer’s version of their memory. The only thing I wished the writer had done differently is to take us with Nagare as he visited each place and figured it all out. Instead, we just get his verbal account of it as he tells it to the customer.

All in all though, I liked this story. Thank you @netgalley and @putnambooks for the advanced copy of this book.

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I loved this! Almost felt like a collection of short stories versus one linear story. Very cozy and heartwarming, and I loved that it never felt too serious. Absolutely adorable

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Father daughter team Nagare and Koishi run the Kamogawa Diner, but also serve as the Kamogawa Detective Agency, helping people track down nostalgic meals or dishes.

These 6 short food stories composing a novella are a cozy slice of life in this small Kyoto restaurant and"detective agency". Each story tells the connection to someone's treasured meal they are trying to recapture. A quick and cozy read.

Thank you to Putnam Books for an egalley on NetGalley.

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Thanks for the free ebook @prhinternational @netgalley @putnambooks

After the audiobook, I knew I would love reading this book too. This book is for food lovers who live on nostalgic memories and would probably do anything to relive the experience.

A Japanese fiction that allows us to explore the relationship between food and people along with a zest to solve a good mystery. I enjoy reading about people who are simply striving through life following their passion. Each story (or mystery) in this book brings you closer to the Japanese cuisine. It's cozy and welcomes all readers with open arms. Surely one of those books that you can read again and again for different reasons (mystery, conversations or even food recipes).

Genre: #japanesefiction #food #mystery
Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Note: I know this won't count as another book in my annual Goodreads challenge, but I am still happy I got to reread the story. N I do feel the experience has been a little different. There is just something about actually reading the words like "phew" and exhaling along with it 😅

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Thank you Penguin Random House for my e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a great arc that I’ve got.

Koishi Kamogawa and her father Nagare owns a restaurant, Kamogawa diner. And they’re food detectives, that’s why a lot of customers are always stoping by. Through investigations, they can recreate dishes from a person’s treasured memories.

The father a daughter have been listening to their customer’s story so that they know what ingredients they need for the food that the customer forgetting and also want to taste the same food they ate before. Nobuko story was so sad. All her memories are now coming back after fifty five years. Every customers has a sad story but Koishi and Nagare will help them to be happy again by eating the food that they missed eating it.

I know reading this book will make me hungry and crave for those food. And yes I’m right. Now I want katsudon 😭🤤 the more you read, the more you go through all those chapters, it gets sadder. The stories of different customers was making me cry especially Suyako’s story 😭

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What a cozy and adorable book! "The Kamogawa Food Detectives" is about a father and daughter duo who run a detective agency devoted to recreating the food items of people's pasts. I found it utterly charming; the interactions between the characters were fun to read, I adored learning more about Japanese cuisines, and I always find it heartwarming reading about the way food touches people's pasts and present.

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This was just the cozy read I was needing! It was more of a 3.5/5 for me, but I'm rounding up because I feel it's more deserved than rounding down, and because I think that those with more culinary experience will have an even greater appreciation for the detail put into this sweet book. Much of the culinary detail itself went over my head, but I could appreciate it for what it was to the characters. I would definitely recommend this for a warm, cozy read on a rainy weekend day.

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This book is very reminiscent of Before the Coffee Gets Cold Charming, heartwarming, simple. I enjoyed it. I loved the cat Drowsy.

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The Kamogawa Diner doesn’t really advertise much, there’s not even a sign outside it’s doors, but the customers who need to find them always do. You see, the Kamogawa Diner isn’t just a diner, it’s a “food detective” service run by the father-daughter duo of Koishi and Nagare. Filled with six different customers' memories and dishes, follow the Kamogawa Diner uses their customer’s treasured memories, the pair are able to recreate lost recipes that provide links to vanished moments.

There’s two things that will most likely get me to read a book. One: be recently translated from a popular Japanese seller. Two: put a cat on the cover. The cat doesn’t even need to be the main focus of the book, a general cat will do just fine.

This is such a cute book - and a warm hug for those foodie book lovers out there as well. I can’t cook to save my life, but this novel went into detail about each of the dishes so it may be something someone could actually follow and make their own versions of the recipes.

Some of the stories I felt were a little drawn out, but they were people sharing a fond memory (or what they could remember of their memory). I’ve said this so many times, but Japanese literature has such an amazing way of capturing the human experience and I always enjoy reading translated work.

Overall, a wonderfully fun, hungry story about a food detective, a father and daughter duo who use their skill of deduction to help customers recreate that special dish from their memories. I can see a lot of contemporary fiction lovers enjoying this book, as well as those who’d like a shorter comfort read.

*Thank you G.P. Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley for an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai was cozy read filled with yummy food descriptions and clever storylines. This book was a short and quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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I love the concept of food detectives, helping people recreate a dish that holds memories for them.

The food and setting descriptions are so extensive and pervasive that this book is best suited to people who are deeply familiar with Japanese culture. Also, either the writing is stilted or the translation is poor.

A sweet idea, but just not for me.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

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I did enjoy this lighthearted cozy crime solving food detectives set in Japan. Koishi and Nagare are "food detectives" who help their customers with lost memories. I absolutely love the Japanese way of life and culture and of course their food. This is a very light easy read. This wasn't the typical book I look for but it was a cozy read nonetheless. It gives you the feels still.

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A father and daughter (the Kamogawas) run a restaurant where they recreate dishes from their patrons’ most cherished memories. It’s almost mystical: they believe these dishes are inextricably linked to their essential happiness. This Japanese bestseller is so popular there that it’s now an 8-book series; happy to see book 1 now being published in English for the first time.

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This was such a unique and cozy read for me!
I initially thought it was going to be a cozy mystery but it’s not really a mystery in the traditional sense. It’s a lovely, lighthearted read. Essentially, people seek out the food detectives when they’re looking to have a meal recreated for them such as one from their childhood, or a meal that a loved one who has passed used to make, or a meal from a restaurant that’s not longer in business, etc.
It reads more like a collection of short stories as each chapter is focused on an individual and the meal they’re seeking from the food detectives.
This is the perfect book for foodies and those that love Japanese culture/cuisine. I personally loved reading about the different kinds of foods that were prepared and I really liked how the book focused on how the food made them feel, as if our feelings and memories are sometimes the most important “ingredient” in a meal.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this eARC!

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3/5

This was a very cozy and quick comforting read - each chapter follows a different person who is looking to re-create a meaningful dish from their past. To do this, they go to The Kamogawa Diner, which is run by a father / daughter duo who are food detectives. The descriptions and detail of the food are very rich. It took me a while to get used to the writing and storytelling style, but by the last few chapters I was enjoying it.

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