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A comic book cookbook with accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, including simple weeknight bowls, weekend project stocks, homemade noodles, and an array of delicious accompaniments, with insights and tips from notable ramen luminaries. Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for eve A comic book cookbook with accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, including simple weeknight bowls, weekend project stocks, homemade noodles, and an array of delicious accompaniments, with insights and tips from notable ramen luminaries. Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for everything you need to make the perfect bowl at home including tares, broths, noodles, and toppings. Authors Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan present colorful, humorous, and easy-to-follow comics that fully illustrate the necessary steps and ingredients for delicious homemade ramen. Along the way, they share preparation shortcuts that make weeknight ramen a reality; provide meaty tidbits on Japanese culinary traditions; and feature words of wisdom, personal anecdotes, and cultural insights from eminent ramen figures such as chef Ivan Orkin and Ramen Adventures' Brian MacDuckston. Recipes include broths like Shio, Shoyu, Miso, and Tonkotsu, components such as Onsen Eggs, Chashu, and Menma, and offshoots like Mazemen, Tsukemen, and Yakisoba. Ideal for beginners, seasoned cooks, and armchair chefs alike, this comic book cookbook is an accessible, fun, and inviting introduction to one of Japan's most popular and iconic dishes.


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A comic book cookbook with accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, including simple weeknight bowls, weekend project stocks, homemade noodles, and an array of delicious accompaniments, with insights and tips from notable ramen luminaries. Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for eve A comic book cookbook with accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, including simple weeknight bowls, weekend project stocks, homemade noodles, and an array of delicious accompaniments, with insights and tips from notable ramen luminaries. Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for everything you need to make the perfect bowl at home including tares, broths, noodles, and toppings. Authors Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan present colorful, humorous, and easy-to-follow comics that fully illustrate the necessary steps and ingredients for delicious homemade ramen. Along the way, they share preparation shortcuts that make weeknight ramen a reality; provide meaty tidbits on Japanese culinary traditions; and feature words of wisdom, personal anecdotes, and cultural insights from eminent ramen figures such as chef Ivan Orkin and Ramen Adventures' Brian MacDuckston. Recipes include broths like Shio, Shoyu, Miso, and Tonkotsu, components such as Onsen Eggs, Chashu, and Menma, and offshoots like Mazemen, Tsukemen, and Yakisoba. Ideal for beginners, seasoned cooks, and armchair chefs alike, this comic book cookbook is an accessible, fun, and inviting introduction to one of Japan's most popular and iconic dishes.

30 review for Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    When the weather gets a little cold, I do love a nice, big comforting bowl of soup. And when I don’t have a ton of time or energy left at the end of the day, I often end up making some ramen: there’s always a sad veggie or two left in the crisper that needs to be used up, and a dollop of butter and curry paste brightens up any soup stock. Easy peasy! When I saw this book, I figured it would make for a great source of inspiration and new ideas to pimp up my fall and winter ramen routine. I also fe When the weather gets a little cold, I do love a nice, big comforting bowl of soup. And when I don’t have a ton of time or energy left at the end of the day, I often end up making some ramen: there’s always a sad veggie or two left in the crisper that needs to be used up, and a dollop of butter and curry paste brightens up any soup stock. Easy peasy! When I saw this book, I figured it would make for a great source of inspiration and new ideas to pimp up my fall and winter ramen routine. I also fell in love with the format: I remember having a couple of illustrated cookbooks as a child, which were really great to teach children about basic food preparation (it certainly made it look more fun than regular cookbooks!), so the idea of blending comic books and recipes struck me as pure genius. While this book is gorgeous and informative, I have to say it seriously lacks in vegetarian options!! While I do eat meat from time to time, it isn’t a big part of my diet or cooking preferences. There is only one vegetarian broth recipe, and while I understand that it's not strictly traditional, a few variations would have been nice. And while there are many recipes for the different meaty garnishes to add to a ramen bowl, again there are very few alternative ideas for meat-free versions included in the book… The meat-balls and marinated eggs recipes look absolutely scrumptious. While I am not quite ready for the very time-consuming process of making my own broth, I love that the author thought to include a way to make home-made “instant” ramen broth and store it so you don’t have to spend an entire day boiling away pig trotters every time you fancy a bowl. I'm giving this book 3 stars because despite being a very cool idea, I'm just not going to use it much. This is really more for the ramen purists, as where I'll always be the girl who uses store-bought broth and noodles when she feel like having a lazy dinner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook is a graphic novel cookbook written by Hugh Amano and illustrated by Sarah Becan. It celebrates ramen in a fun and accessible graphic guide. The book is divided into six basic sections: Ramen 101, Stocks & Broths, Noodles, Meats, Accompaniments, and Offshoots & Riffs. Becan's illustrations are both amusing and functional, and Amano's enthusiastic instructions are thoughtful and encouraging. This delectable fusion of two increasingly popular genres, Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook is a graphic novel cookbook written by Hugh Amano and illustrated by Sarah Becan. It celebrates ramen in a fun and accessible graphic guide. The book is divided into six basic sections: Ramen 101, Stocks & Broths, Noodles, Meats, Accompaniments, and Offshoots & Riffs. Becan's illustrations are both amusing and functional, and Amano's enthusiastic instructions are thoughtful and encouraging. This delectable fusion of two increasingly popular genres, ramen and comics will thrill ramen aficionados – such as me. Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook is written and constructed rather well. It is extremely informative from the history of ramen and the numerous of permutation that this simple dish could take. Each section is surprisingly detailed and contains more than forty recipes. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed and visually entice my appetite for ramen. All in all, Let's Make Ramen!: A Comic Book Cookbook is a wonderful graphic novel cookbook detailing the amazing and wonderful dish that is ramen.

  3. 5 out of 5

    vonblubba

    I wasn't really convinced about the idea of a comic book cookbook. And yet, it works. Recipes and techniques are easy to understand and accurate. It's essential, but it contains every info you need to start cooking ramen at home. My only complain is about units of measurement. I'll never understand how someone can find comfortable cooking with the imperial system. Or those annoying "cups". Every cookbook that aims to appeal to a worldwide audience should in my opinion contain dosages in both metr I wasn't really convinced about the idea of a comic book cookbook. And yet, it works. Recipes and techniques are easy to understand and accurate. It's essential, but it contains every info you need to start cooking ramen at home. My only complain is about units of measurement. I'll never understand how someone can find comfortable cooking with the imperial system. Or those annoying "cups". Every cookbook that aims to appeal to a worldwide audience should in my opinion contain dosages in both metric and imperial system.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I don't read comics and don't eat ramen much since the broths are usually too rich for me, but I sure liked this book! It's a fun way to learn about ramen and has a lot of recipes, including for broths that are lighter, like vegetarian and chicken. You can put whatever you like in the soup bowl with the broth, but lots of traditional suggestions. Oishisou, made me want to run out to one of our local ramenyas!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt Fitz

    Great artwork and great intro to world of ramen! A fun read and a simple overview of making ramen for the uninitiated and easily intimidated. Wojtek be ready to open your own ramen-ya but can get close to making your own kitchen ramen friendly

  6. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Goodzinski

    3.5 stars. This cookbook is definitely unique in that it is a comic book and not only provides some delicious looking recipes, but also discusses the history of Ramen and how it has transformed over the years. I rated this a 3.5 because I enjoyed the layout of this book and the historical aspect. Recipe wise, it was not my favorite in that they were extremely labor intensive, and the cookbook format made it difficult at times to follow along.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This book is fabulous! Learning about the history of ramen was cool in of itself - I didn’t realize that this included recipes for making every single component of ramen at home. This was a beautifully illustrated love letter to a delicious dish and I can’t wait to try making my own someday! Definitely one to buy for my collection.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Margaux

    This book really does have everything. For those who want a truly unique graphic novel, and those who love ramen. Recipes are broken up with vignettes about various ingredients, anecdotes about the history of ramen and various types of the dish.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Russ Clegg

    If you are curious not just about how to make a bowl of Ramen, but how to really construct one from the ground floor up and how it relates the food culture of Japan, this is a great book! Has some short cuts too, of course, but it is a good read and guide.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    5 stars: in a perfect world, every cookbook would be a comic book cookbook. 3 stars: in a perfect world, every comic book cookbook would have more than one vegetarian option (almost everything in this book is meat-filled and fish-filled). hence, 4 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

    Beautiful pictures and recipes broken down into easy steps.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This is adorable and the art is great, but I'm literally never going to make ramen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    Super cool, but VERY in depth and slightly over my head and cooking skill/ dedication

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    Super fun and helpful :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Victoria M

    This was a DNF pg 66 for me. As a Ramen lover, I really wanted to love this book and I honestly expected to but this book fell short for me. Maybe sometime in the future I will revisit and try again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    Gorgeously done comic cookbook - I hope more author/illustrators will do the same!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Avery Clements

    I love the concept of this. I need more comic book cookbooks in my life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    Exceptional graphic novel/comic/cookbook. Includes ramen history, recipes and variations. Seriously delicious.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  20. 4 out of 5

    Varsha Khyani

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam McDonald

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scott Allen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Desiree' Townes

  25. 5 out of 5

    ray-chel ♥

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paolo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Tiedgen

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