All too often in anime, blades are used for slicing enemies and causing destruction, but that’s not what this blogpost is about. No, the knives in this post are being used for a much tastier purpose: cooking. That’s right, the heroes of these series keep their blades sharp and their skills sharper. If you’ve ever fancied yourself a chef, or just want to learn a thing or two about the culinary arts, check out these series all about the finer points of cooking and cuisine:
This series follows Azuma Kazuma, a young prospective baker whose whole goal in life is to create the ultimate bread recipe that can be the pride of Japan. Yakitaate!! Japan is proof that bread is serious business. Join Azuma as he competes in an intense examination to receive his dream job at the Pantasia Bakery, and watch in awe as he perfects his craft all the while dealing with the emotional plights of a host of colorful side characters. This show will reveal to you a whole universe of bread that you never even knew existed…
This innovative series combines a mix of non-traditional animation with live-action documentary footage to bring you a culinary program like no other. Based on Michael Booth’s travel novel, “Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know about Cooking”, Sushi and Beyond captures Japan’s culinary scene in style, devoting entire episodes to such staples as wasabi and kombu. If you’ve ever wanted to expand your Japanese food horizons beyond instant ramen and california rolls, give this show a taste.
If you had the special ability to identify all the ingredients in a dish just by tasting it, you’d use your palate for good, right? In Yumeiro Patisserie, fifteen year old Ichigo Amano has just that — a serious skill for tasting sweets! This adorable series follows her rising through the ranks of St Marie Academy where she trains to become a pâtissière. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a love for all things colorful, this is the show for you.
Now get to the kitchen and start slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing, those onions ain’t going to cut themselves! Which cooking anime has taught you the most? Tell us in the comments below, or get to us on Twitter and Facebook.