Author: Natsumi Matsumoto
No. of volumes: 12
Recommended for: JLPT N4
Anime/ drama/ film adaptations?: Yes, anime (50 episodes)
I have briefly covered this manga before in my What I’m Reading post from October but thought it deserved its own recommendation!
The protagonist Ichigo Amano is a 14-year-old who, on merit of her extraordinary sense of taste, is admitted to the prestigious Saint Marie Academy. Unfortunately, she has no experience of actually cooking the delicacies she enjoys so much, unlike her highly gifted classmates. The manga follows Ichigo on her journey to becoming a pastry chef, making friends and learning a lot of important lessons along the way.
As you might expect from the shoujo genre, this manga is strong on the themes of never giving up, following your dreams and the power of friendships. This makes for a wholesome and enjoyable read, with a nice moral behind it. I recommend reading it when you are having a bit of a tough time with something and need some motivation.
In terms of language, I would put this at around JLPT N4 level. Aside from some French culinary terms, this manga is full of everyday vocabulary and expressions. I have not found Yumeiro Patissiere to be too heavy on slang or casual language in general. Together with the fact that furigana is provided, this shouldn’t be too difficult for upper beginners to try reading.
There is also an anime adaptation which can be found on Crunchyroll or YouTube – if you can follow the Japanese used in this, you will have no problem with the manga it is based on.
As always, you can read a sample of the manga on the EbookJapan website.
If you like this manga, you may want to check out my other food-related manga recommendations:
Happy Reading! 読書を楽しんでね！
If you do try reading any of the recommendations, please let me know how you get on in the comments.
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