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Oishii Kankei  
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Fujiwara Momoe, a girl who loves to eat, was raised by her rich parents eating only the best.

When her father dies from heart disease and Momoe has to support her and her mother, she can't stand the food that she makes (she never cooked before).

One day, she walks into a little French restaurant and recognizes the food from its taste. She had eaten it several years earlier when celebrating her birthday at a 5-star restaurant with her parents. She asks to work there as a cook under the head chef, Oda-san. She falls in love with Oda, but he doesn't notice her feelings and only considers her an annoying apprentice. This series goes through joy and heartbreak, as experienced by Momoe. How does the situation end?

Note: Was also made into an 11-part Jdrama, and a 20-part Taiwanese drama


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Associated Names
맛있는 관계
A Delicious Relationship
Delicious Relation
Tasty Affinity

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.71 (end) by Wingtip Cafe (1444d ago)
c.70 by Wingtip Cafe (1452d ago)
v.10 c.69 by Wingtip Cafe (1459d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (305 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.32 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 26th 2015, 2:45pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young You (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

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warm characters   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
July 26th, 2014, 4:10am
this is one of the few manga that make me rooting for a happy-go-lucky female main character. this is because her character is fleshed out very well, and even when she's spoiled and she's childish, i do not get disgusted with her, but root for her because the mangaka able to make me understand her inner psychology very well.

this is also true for other characters - even when i hated them at first, when they are mean and disagreeable, the mangaka able to shape them to be a better person at the end of the manga and im so glad to meet such warm and lively characters.

the plot itself can be quite unrealistic, but i like it that everything is so high-class and out of reach, somehow i can pretend i am myself a refined lady and immersed myself in this high society world. it is truly great for the mangaka to bring out the world of the elites without the reader being disgusted - she made them so beautiful and full of warmth.

im glad i read this even though im not a fan of josei. i think others that ar not accustomed with josei should pick up this manga to immersed yourself in world with a great characterization.
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I watched the the main character!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 21st, 2014, 11:25pm
I'll keep this short. Whoever wrote the plot and dialogues for this manga is intelligent and wonderful.

The main girl is nothing like the other characters I've seen. She has this hidden maturity and funny perspectives about life that only comes with age. I love how amusing she can be. Hilarious!

Korean drama based this: "My Name is Kim Sam-Soon"

... Last updated on June 21st, 2014, 11:26pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gloriel
February 28th, 2014, 3:02pm
I am really impressed! It been a long time that I read a manga with such realistic characters and plot! Most refreshing thing about this manga is that the main female role isn't a drama queen at all smile I love it and highly recommend to those who like to have "goal achievement" for main course and "soft romance" for dessert! \o/ and I don't understand people who says art is not very good, I like it from the start smile
Anyway this was the first story that I ever read from this mangaka but I can't wait to read Makimura-sensei's other works now!

... Last updated on February 28th, 2014, 3:04pm
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Unique plot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by HinagikuDaisy
November 24th, 2013, 10:22am
A nice, feel good, engaging, proper slice of life, interesting, unique and other adjectives, josei manga- how delightful. Honestly, the plot is a good one. About a girls career and the restaurant business. I tell you, itís a refreshing difference. The art's good, the character development great, the romance appropriate for the tone of the manga. 9/10

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I recommend it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Fuuma_lady
February 16th, 2013, 3:05am
I have to give a sincere thank to wingtip staff for this rightly chosen and nicely done manga. It's truly a worth reading josei.

This is a very sensible manga. Firstly, the theme revolves on culinary, and it's serious about it. I've read some manga labelled as haute cuisine but in fact the romance and other niggling stuff covers 80%. Oishii kankei, supporting by its gorgeous retro art with mouth-watering cuisine pictures, provides a very interesting and insightful view of the culinary world.

Secondly, the characters are very well-built. Each has his or her idiosyncrasy, and their stories and doing are realistic. We can feel the character's determination, thoughts, ponder, emotion, sympathy, and mostly their professional improvement. Sensei has developed a very intricate plot, and all the characters' relationships blend together. The romances are limited but very serious and realistic; we don't get easy-come easy-go love like in idol dramas or many other shoujos. The main character has many supports - many of them from male friends - but only one love.

Thirdly, the plot is quite a smart one. The development of the characters is proper; there are the twist, moment of bitterness and also melting sweetness. I also find in this manga many touching and nice saying/philosophy behind a subtle, simple facade.

Fourthly, the art is so good. I'm totally into retro shoujo art like this. Depiction of delicious cuisine lives up to its name, really.

Overall, this one is highly recommended. Guess I'll try more works of Satoru-sensei.
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Realistic, but slow and lacking in romance   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by LoveMi
February 11th, 2013, 9:05am
This manga didn't leave a big impression on me, like, nothing special. Its story is PURELY about the evolution of the main girl on her carreer as a cook. She has a good and cheerful personality and she - SLOWLY - makes good progresses in her charachter. But I warn you, it's story's pace is REEEAALLY SLOW! I liked how the author explained the background of each charachter, explaining the reason why each of them had that specific personality/trauma.
But then, besides the slow pace of the story, the romance in it just didin't feel right. Oda-san is way too cold and mean. I didn't feel he loved Momoe-chan that much. I was cheering for her to end up with Takahashi-san, which is way more kind and caring. There weren't any parts which made my heart race or made me feel really interested. I was expecting a more involving romance in the story, but unfortunately I felt like it was cold and rushed.
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Extremely likable   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by zengoats
January 20th, 2013, 12:13pm
Romance manga often suffers from having heroines that are either extreme damsels in distress or extreme martyrs. Momoe is neither, and she elevates the series by being a fairly realistic and likable girl. While Oishii Kankei is not romance heavy, there's still a lot of love and passion (though most of this is directed towards food). There are a few cliches (male romantic interest with a troubled past), but they don't feel forced or overdone. All in all, Oishii Kankei is definitely worth a look.
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So good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lostinshalott
August 22nd, 2011, 4:29pm
It's been a while since I'd read a manga this good, it's been a while since I'd read a whole series and stayed up till the early hour engrossed in what would happen totally unable to stop reading! This series really appealed to me, the girl is around my age and she so admirable because she is strong and passionate. I never found her to be annoying she seemed like some one you'd meet in real life and I'd love to be friends with her. The pace of the manga can be slow and it probably stretched a few too many volumes but the manga-ka was able to give all the characters growth they needed and you sensed that everything was taking place over a long period of time. The romance is really good but it is not the main feature of the manga because the manga is really about people, their problems and the gifts they possess. Like all the previous reviewers the ending is a little rushed (and some aspects a little unbelievable) but not only is the ending rushed it ends very abruptly with no closure and no future scene. The fabulous WingtipCafe staff though provided us with their vision of the future (and do read it I agree with everything they wanted.) I really enjoyed this manga simply because there are so few like it, these days romance manga's have become so boring and samey, manga about gifted people are also boring and samey but this manga is all about people and it doesn't shy away from the serious issues in society, it creates really interesting characters that engage the reader to feel and care about them.

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2011, 4:32pm
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A Good Read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Egg Tart
August 20th, 2011, 3:29pm
It was a really enjoyable read, though I agree with the other comments mentioning the somewhat rushed ending. The plot was great and all together the characters were likeable and entertaining. If you're looking for a manga that fits the genres then this is a must read.

The only problem I had was the lack of main character romance. I wish that the relationship between Oda and Momoe had developed quicker. Though I loved Momoe's constant and unwavering love.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
June 2nd, 2011, 11:03pm
It was a free flowing read. It did get rather rushed towards the end but I enjoyed the description of dishes and the authors honest desire to sweep the reader into a world of good food.
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