7 Cooking Mangas You Should Read ASAP
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7 Cooking Mangas You Should Read ASAP

When you're a weeaboo AND a foodie.

I'm completely unashamed of my addiction to Japanese comics, or "manga."

I've spent hours reading, and re-reading and re-re-reading the classics - Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, Fruits Basket - and countless days searching for new manga series (I recommend The Promised Neverland and Tomodachi Game for anyone with a dark side) to binge-read.

As a person with a healthy appetite and a love of all things food, cooking mangas have always had a certain appeal, so here are a few of my favorites that I think any foodie should be able to enjoy.

1. Shokugeki no Soma
This cooking manga became immensely popular almost immediately after its release in 2012. The plot is pretty simple; it tells the story of a young man sent to an elite culinary school, which has a graduation rate of only ten percent and a bizarre system where students can challenge one another to "cooking battles."

The series is uncomplicated and quick-paced, so a new manga reader should be able to get into it rather quickly. There's also quite a bit of "fan service" - if you're into that sort of thing - with most of the characters getting tastefully (hehe) naked every chapter or so.

If you're not much of a reader you can watch the first two seasons of Shokugeki no Soma instead.


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2. Bambino!
The title of this series comes from the Italian word for "baby." The protagonist is repeatedly called a "bambino" in the kitchen due to his lack of culinary experience, but that doesn't stop him from doing his utmost to succeed and improve his skill - albeit with some attitude.

While there isn't an anime version you can watch, Bambino! does have a live action drama series.


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3. Yumeiro Patissiere
This shoujo manga - "shoujo" is a specific genre of manga targeted towards young women - is the perfect thing for anyone who just wants something light and easy to read.

There are no giant meltdowns or unnecessary panty shots, it's just about a middle schooler learning how to make pastries with her friends and her magical fairy friends. I know it sounds a tad girly, but it's honestly a great manga. It even has recipes!


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4. Yakitate!! Japan
I feel a bit conflicted about recommending this one. While the series starts off strong, it eventually changes from a cooking manga about baking bread into something filled with strange gags and horrible puns.

For anyone wondering, "pan" means "bread" in Japanese, and the series makes multiple references to this hilarious wordplay. Pretty decent recipes though - ever tried making bread in your rice cooker?


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5. Bartender
While not quite a cooking manga, this manga still falls in the realm of the food world. The series focuses on a bartender in Japan who spends his days making interesting cocktails for a variety of clientele.

Interested in picking up some new bartending skills? This is the manga for you.


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6. Nobunaga no Chef
This manga is not only about cooking, but it also teaches you a bit about Japanese history. The series revolves around an accomplished chef, Ken, who is magically transported back in time to the 1500s, somewhere in feudal Japan.

There he meets Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's most famous warlords and his culinary adventures truly begin. He becomes the warlord's personal chef, and he must ensure that he does nothing in the past that will change the future.


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7. Addicted to Curry
As the title implies, this series revolves around curry. It begins with a young woman struggling to keep her restaurant in business, but then she meets a man who decides to help her with this problem.

The manga has a strong focus on food and will leave you craving curry from every country, which you'll be able to easily make since the manga is loaded with recipes.


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10 Reasons Why Guys are on Social Media

TBH, we're nosy, too.

Guys are just as nosy as women. Guys want to know information about their friends and acquaintances, too. If so-and-so is pregnant, guys want to know. If someone got arrested, got a new job, or a new (hot) S.O., we wanna know.

Checking in on bae. This is one of the better sources to spy on bae. Facebook allows you to see what she has liked--and she cannot hide it. Also, you can see who's commenting on her wall, aka who's trying to get attention from your girl.

When you get no attention IRL, in comes Facebook. There are a lot of lonely guys who get no attention from girls. The best way for them to seek attention is through social media with immature games such as TBH (to be honest), LMS (like my status) and the worst one of all, the Rate Game.

It's a platform to talk about sports. Most men like sports; and social media is a perfect place to share your opinions and to pick the brains of other sports heads, which usually sparks debate. Social media is also where celebrity athletes tend to announce important information, giving fans the chance to hear it first.

Celebrity photos that they don't show on TV. Have you seen Amber Rose on the balcony? Did you see Kim Kardashian in that dress? Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are where we see the photos that our girl probably does not want us to see, not to mention the supermodels who post pictures to their personal accounts.

We get our news there. Besides the non-important things like sexy photos and juicy gossip, anything you want to know regarding the political world can be found on social media. Every presidential debate that is aired on TV will be debated on social media in the following days. The day's happenings will also show up on your feed at some point, too. Social media is a great place to get easy, fast news.

Ever wanted to brag about something publicly? Social media is the perfect place for guys to brag, whether it be our new girlfriend, new car, award/game we won, etc. Alternately, it can also out you, and show everyone you know "Who wasted the most time doing x?"

I want to be a macho, macho mannnnn. If a guy has beef with someone, but doesn't want to address it in public, he can totally blast them on social rather than in person--which also brings the potential to get punched right away. Not sure which is worse tbh.

Food Network 2.0. In this day and age, men have embraced their culinary sides. Cooking is a big accomplishment for me and social media only helps--it's a great resource to find recipes or even a good place to humblebrag about what you created in the kitchen.

Reunited and it feel so good. Another big reason guys have social media is to reunite with friends or former teammates. it's always good to reconnect with someone from your past. This is the best way for guys to communicate with friends because we all know, guys aren't big on phone conversations.

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Summer Vacation as Told by Meryl Streep Movies

A month-by-month guide

With summer upon us, there is now a huge chunk of time before you'll be back on campus getting fucked up. With internships to stress about and beaches to drink on, there's a lot of shit to fit into one season. So leave it to Meryl to talk you through the highs and lows of your yearly holiday.

May - Sophie's Choice
Do you take the high-paying waitress job or do you do the relevant internship that pays shit? Do you live at home and commute, or suck it up and get a place in Brooklyn? The beginning of summer is filled with impossible choices and Streep is the queen of impossible choices. Once you figure all of this shit out, things will undoubtedly get better.


June - The Iron Lady
You are the boss. You're basically the pre-professional machine that you're parents always dreamed you would be. You're working that good 9-to-5 and then tearing shit up on the weekend. People know better than to fuck with you. Your deadlines are met and expectations are exceeded. Why can't you be this efficient during the school year?


July - Julie and Julia
Now that summer is in full swing, you can take some time and work on your culinary gifts. Things will heat up in the kitchen (and hopefully the bedroom, whaddup Stanley Tucci, you look great in this movie) and you'll be the hit of the office. Bring in those fancy cupcakes that are Pinterest inspired and enjoy the compliments you get all day.


August - The Devil Wears Prada
You've been away from school for a little bit too long and have become absorbed into your work. You're a little mean and catty, but you look great. People love to hate you and it's probably for the best that summer is ending soon. Enjoy your last moments of office life, because next up is another round of getting fucked up at college.

Bonus: Back to School - Mamma Mia
You're singing, you're surrounded by your friends, and you'll definitely bump into three guys you fucked way back when. Enjoy another year of school, you earned it!


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5 Totally Amazing Grilled Cheese Recipes You Have To Try

Because who doesn't love grilled cheese?

1. Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
Merging these two classic snacks is sure to have your taste buds celebrating. This recipe is the perfect combo of garlic-y goodness and gooey, cheesy bliss. Try dipping this sandwich in marinara sauce instead of tomato soup to complete the delectable treat.


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2. Caprese Grilled Cheese
Do you absolutely love mozzarella cheese? This grilled cheese is the right one for you. It combines fresh mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes on good thick Italian bread to send your taste buds on an all expense paid trip to Italia. Molto delizioso! Click here for the full recipe.


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3. Pizza Grilled Cheese
What do you do when you're craving pepperoni pizza but also a gooey grilled cheese? Combine the two! You can make this delicious sandwich with or without meat to satisfy your cheesy craving. Follow this recipe and you will be left completely satisfied.


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4. Blueberry Brie Grilled Cheese
If you're in the mood for something a little bit sweeter, try this fresh and fruity twist on the classically savory dish. The combination of fresh blueberries and soft brie cheese is sure to have you rethinking your grilled cheese habits. Click here for the full recipe.


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5. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
If you like things hot and spicy, try this fiery snack to give your taste buds that kick they desire. Combining the heat from the jalape?os and the cooling factor from the cream cheese, you will be left more satisfied than ever.


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If you weren't hungry at the beginning of this post, I bet you are now. Go heat up your skillet and get cooking! Bon appetit!


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11 Manga For Anyone With A Dark Side

I hope you have a strong stomach.

Japanese comics, or manga, have the unfortunate connotation of being girly or goofish--think Sailor Moon or One Piece--but that couldn't be further from the truth. Manga can get dark, and I mean dark. While this specific genre isn't for everyone, it certainly is for me.

Here are a few of my favorite manga that will leave you completely horrified:

Tomodachi Game

A relatively new series, this manga revolves around a group of friends trapped in a game of wits, luck and trust. With millions of dollars on the line, things can get pretty serious and dangerous.


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The Promised Neverland

Don't let the title trick you, these orphaned kids definitely aren't in Neverland. These children compete against one another for test scores. The only problem? These scores determine how valuable--and tasty--their brains are. This manga definitely isn't for kids.


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Ludwig Revolution

A fresh spin on the classic fairy tales we've all grown to love, this manga series is about a prince on a search for a princess to wed. Unfortunately, he's a bit picky, especially when it comes to looks.


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Mirai Nikki

While it starts innocently enough, you quickly learn things aren't what they seem in this manga. It really makes you question who to trust, and shows just what people are willing to do for their loved ones. The popular series is both a manga and anime, so you have two ways to watch the horror unfold.


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Battle Royale

Forget the Hunger Games, this is the original killing competition. With gruesome killing scenes and some truly evil characters, this is a manga only the brave should read. The Battle Royale live action film is one of director Quentin Tarentino's favorites, and it even provided inspiration for Kill Bill. Feel like reading it now?


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Btooom!

Gamers, this is the manga for you. The main character is one of the top players of a video game, only to eventually be transported to a place where he has to physically play the graphic game he's so great at.


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Franken Fran

As you can probably guess from the title, this series is inspired by the tale of Frankenstein. With seriously messed up experiments and mind-boggling storylines, it might leave you feeling a tad nauseous.


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Doubt

This series is like Saw, but with a bit more intrigue. The characters play as "rabbits" in a game where one person is secretly a "wolf". The wolf has to eat all the rabbits without anyone finding out their true identity. A group of people eventually find themselves playing a real version of the game, but one of them is the wolf. The manga was so popular that it spawned two equally horrific spinoffs.


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Real Account

This disturbing series shows just how important social media can be. The characters must fight and trick one another to survive, all the while making sure they do nothing to lose their followers, which means instant death.


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Apocalypse no Toride

Have you ever wondered what would happen if zombies were real? Well, that's what this bloody series is about. It goes around the usual formula by creating characters you can't quite root for. Everyone's in jail, and for good reason too.


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Deadman Wonderland

The characters in this manga have the ability to use their blood as a weapon. They are prisoners of a game where they're required to fight one another, and the contestants have to lose a body part any time they don't win. It's even bloodier than you'd think.


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9 Asian Men You Should Be Obsessing Over

White guys aren't the only "sexy" ones.

As an Asian-American I'm offended by the stereotype that Asian men aren't attractive. I think men of any ethnicity are totally capable of being sexy, it's just that the Western media chooses to focus on European features as the attractive ones. A narrative that harms all people of color, not just Asians.

I went to Vancouver once -- the city outside of Asia with the most Asians -- and was totally blown away with the amount of Asian representation they had on their billboards and in their ads. It was unbelievably refreshing to see Asian men portrayed as "sexy" and honestly, it was kind of a relief to not see blonde, blue eyed "hunks" everywhere.

In an attempt to increase awareness of Asian mens sex appeal, here are a few Asian men that I personally find attractive.

Kim Jong-in
Going by the stage name Kai, this 23-year-old has gained notoriety for his dancing skills and the heart-stopping ability to be simultaneously cute and sexy. A member of the popular K-pop group Exo, this guy is constantly striving to improve.


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Gong Yoo
After a series of stints in South Korean dramas, the 38-year-old proved he could lead a film with his starring role in the zombie flick Train to Busan (one of my favorite zombie movies to-date). Besides being utterly adorable he's also an amazing actor.


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Park Chanyeol
This talented powerhouse is another member of K-pop group Exo. Don't let his babyface fool you, Chanyeol is 24, and an amazing rapper, drummer, guitarist and painter. Are you impressed yet?


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Christian Yu
This former musican founded Dream Perfect Regime (DPR), a Korean indie group, and is now their visual director. Since he now works behind the scenes it's harder to find him, but he's super active on Instagram -- either posting unbelievably sexy selfies or his hardcore workout routine.


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Ross Butler
Ross Butler's casting in 13 Reasons Why was an incredible achievement for the Asian-American community. While the character he plays is a huge douche (a refreshing casting choice for an Asian actor) Ross is far from it. He's a total dork, which makes him all the more charming.


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Yuya Shibusawa
The least famous person on this list, Yuya is my Asian crush. The 19-year-old is half Japanese and half American, but has spent most of his life as an aspiring actor, he most recently starred in the reality TV show, Terrace House, where I couldn't help but root for his current relationship while I stared at his face.


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Manish Dayal
This charming gentleman has been in quite a few TV shows over the years, but his most recent gig is the one I'm most excited for. He'll be starring in The Resident, a new medical drama that's sure to impress. He doesn't play the typical accented Indian character, instead he's a nervous intern with an Ivy League diploma. Another win for diversity here!


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Sota Fukushi
This Japanese actor has been featured in a variety of TV shows and movies in his home country, but he's still relatively unknown. For now at least. With a live action film based on the manga series Bleach in the works, with Sota in the starring roll, he's sure to become a huge star.


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Booboo Stewart
Booboo being onscreen isn't only important for Asian men, but also Native American men. He has Japanese, Chinese and Korean ancestry on his mother's side and Blackfoot ancestry on his father's. What a mix. You may recognize him from the Twilight films, but he more recently starred in Disney's Descendants series.


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How do you feel about Asian men now?