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Kinou Nani Tabeta?  
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Kakei Shirou, a lawyer whose hobby is cooking, lives with his lover Yabuki Kenji, a hairdresser. The story follows their daily lives, with the dishes that Kakei makes providing the backdrop against which the author explores the reality of being a gay couple in Japan.

Note: Nominated for the first annual Manga Taishou Award (2008). Won 43rd Kodansha Award for General Manga.


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Associated Names
Ano ang kinain mo kahapon? (Tagalog)
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
เมื่อวานเจ๊ทานอะไร? (Thai)
어제 뭐 먹었어?

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v.3 c.17-24 by Entropy over 10 years ago
v.2 c.14-16 by Entropy over 10 years ago
v.2 c.13 by Entropy over 11 years ago
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18 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (164 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.01 / 10.0

Last Updated
May 26th 2021, 9:01am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (15 Vols - Ongoing; Digital)
Vertical (15 Vols - Ongoing; Print)

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Really good story  
by HoshiSama
June 6th, 2020, 1:14pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I agree with everyone who said that the cooking gets a bit old, though for me it’s because it takes up too much of the chapter each time. I like cooking manga, but I wish there was a better balance between the story and the cooking.

Nevertheless, I still really like this manga! The author talks about a lot of things that don’t get enough attention, like DV and the difficulty of how custody laws work. These issues are especially hard to talk about in Japan, so I really appreciate the way that they’re presented in a way that could help normalize talking about similar experiences.
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Why can't I find Volume 9 for sale?  
by Quedwin
May 4th, 2020, 2:57pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I LOVE this series and wish to collect all physical volumes as they are translated into English. However, one volume that has eluded me is vol 9, which is usually listed in online stores costing $116.99-300.00 for a used copy. Does anyone know why this is the case? It appears the volume is out of print, but I cannot find a confirmation on that. I may be missing half the story here. Any help would be much appreciated 🙂
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It is my style  
by Cbnaoie28
May 29th, 2019, 10:57pm
Rating: N/A
Kinou Nani Tabeta? (Japanese TV Drama)
Date: From 1.12 a.m., Saturdays, 5 April 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Adachi Naoko (Toumeina Yurikago, Daibinbo, Shitsuren Chocolatier)
Genre: Food
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Shirou Kakei, a straitlaced lawyer, cooks gourmet dinners for himself and his longtime gay lover, Kenji Yabuki, a carefree, hippie-ish hairdresser. The story is told through the lens of dinner preparation.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2019, 10:57pm
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Their relationship gets better  
by Anneemay
July 11th, 2016, 5:54am
Rating: N/A
Shiro's relationship with his boyfriend Kenji does improves as they get older. In the later volumes, their relationship with other people, gays and straight friends also get expanded on. In vol. 10, Shiro is already 50 years old. You can definitely feels the time goes by.

Thank you Vertical for not giving up on this series!!

... Last updated on July 11th, 2016, 5:55am
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I like it but....  
by chibirin5
June 26th, 2014, 3:53pm
Rating: N/A
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I really like it but I feel that Shiro doesn't really love Kenji and if that is true then Kenji deserves someone better. Because from what I read Shiro is only with Kenji because of convenience and that isn't okay.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2014, 3:53pm
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by varianthart
December 10th, 2011, 1:01pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Ahh this was really made for me. I love cooking, so the cooking sections I really find quite interesting. If there's a specific dish I am not interested in, it's laid out in a manner which makes it easy to skip. Aside from the food, the interpersonal relationships are great. Not just the couple, but the family, friends and coworkers I all found interesting and endearing in their own ways. This is also the absolute most realistic depiction I have seen(in manga) of not only adult gay relationships, but long term relationships in general. I love the way it shows the ways your priorities and relationships change as you get older. I have never ever read manga which had such an honest, relatable view of gay men with no pandering or fanservice, so I have a lot of respect for that. I want to force every teenage girl who's squeeed and said that they've learned a lot about gay men from yaoi to read this.
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Food, food and more food  
by Mierten
May 18th, 2011, 6:49am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
While the characters are gay, it is not the sole focus of their lives or this story.
The author has the ability to make an unfamiliar cuisine approachable. After several chapters, I have wanted to try one of the dishes presentable.
It is akin to being at a gay friend's house at dinnertime and hanging out in the kitchen.
Perhaps the best description -- food porn
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How a mother accept her son to be gay?  
by darcyaglow
June 21st, 2010, 3:50pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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Kakei Shirou's mother fainted on the spot and slept for three days straight after she'd found out her son to be gay. She always encourage her son to let his colleague know that he's gay because there's nothing to be ashamed of. She even said that "Whether you're gay or a criminal, as your mother, I'm prepared to accept you fully as you are." :D
Kakei Shirou worries because he does not know how his mother really feels. He feels guilty. So he avoid to come home.
Noone's wrong here. They react in the best way they can. It may not feel right currently but time will fix it all. :)
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gimmick manga  
by keristars
May 10th, 2010, 9:08am
Rating: N/A
The slice-of-life story in this manga is really good. It's nice to read about an established gay couple who are happy together and not in denial or hung up on yaoi character archetypes. It's really really good.


This manga revolves around a gimmick, so the plots of each chapter are constructed in aid of it. The gimmick? this is a recipe/cooking manga. There are several pages devoted to showing food preparation with recipe commentary by Shiro, followed by eating and appreciation by Kenji (or, more rarely, whoever else ends up eating the meal).

I really liked the slice-of-life bits, but I have absolutely no patience for manga that revolve around food and cooking to the point of listing out ingredients and processes and going into raptures over each little bit. (I should add that I do not enjoy food myself, and only eat because I must - perhaps if you do love food, you might enjoy these recipe scenes more than I do.)
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by riney25
February 16th, 2009, 9:47pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
The perfect little slice-of-life manga with a dose of comedy and BL at the same time. What more could I ask for? The characters are distinct and the main couple isn't your stereotypical yaoi pairing. Now if only this was licensed...
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