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The Kamogawa Food Detectives

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The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai
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Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593717714

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“[An] ode to the magic of food.” – People

“Off-beat and charming, [with] more complexity of flavor than you might expect.” – NPR – Fresh Air with Terry Gross

“[A] feel-good escape. . . Kashiwai not only makes you hungry for the numerous Japanese dishes he writes about, but he also evokes a unique sense of longing for past happiness you might wish to relive. Warm and nuanced while bringing you to the beautiful city of Kyoto, you’ll devour this small, gentle read like a hearty bowl of your favorite soup.” – Seattle Times

“The enduring strength of love [is] at the heart of this series opener. . . Takes care to illustrate food’s ability to preserve a culture across generations. . . The cozy, literary equivalent of a hearty stew on a cold day.” – Chicago Review of Books
 
“Kashiwai’s unique blend of seasonings is more than enough to transform each into a five-star-worthy dish. . . [A] warm memory blanket of nostalgia. Readers [will] eagerly devour each morsel of this miso soup for the soul. . . A nourishing collection of bite-sized stories with a hearty dash of savory flavor.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Outstanding. . . A culinary and cultural exploration of Japanese cuisine. . . The novel includes mouthwatering descriptions of food as well as a nuanced description of life in Japan. . . Readers will take delight in Kashiwai’s exquisite meals and the culinary history that accompanies them.” —Library Journal
 
“Affecting. . . With overwhelming emotional resonance [. . .], Nagare satisfies toothsome dreams.”—Booklist

The Kamogawa Food Detectives is an absolute joy; hilarious, emotional, and entirely delicious. Hisashi Kashiwai’s tales of love lost, found, grown older and reborn are both striking and comforting —  truly one of a kind. Delectable and delightful.”—Bryan Washington, author of Family Meal

“Readers will delight in these quiet, introspective stories about the healing power of good, nostalgic food.” – PBS Books
 
“An early contender for my favorite book of the year. For anyone who loves magnificent food writing and great storytelling, this novel is a moving, beautiful, and impeccably detailed tribute to the power of a great meal.”—J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
 
“I absolutely devoured this book! The father-daughter power duo of Nagare and Koishi Kamogawa carry this series of vignettes that show nostalgia is often the best spice and a plate of food is never just a plate of food. As warm and nourishing as a good cup of tea or bowl of miso soup, this is a series I can see myself returning to again and again.”–Mia P. Manansala, author of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning Arsenic and Adobo
 
“I devoured this novel! Each chapter is a morsel that awakens the senses just like the delicacies so elegantly described by author Hisashi Kashiwai. I was captivated by the intimate nostalgia stirred by food and memory, and I loved how the mysteries built one upon the other to create a culinary mosaic. I want chef-detective Nagare and his daughter Koishi to be real people so they can track down beloved dishes from my past and serve them to me in their quirky, covert Kamogawa Diner.”— Kim Fay, author of Love & Saffron
 
“The Kamogawa Food Detectives search for the taste of memories.  Like sights and sounds, tastes are also deeply connected to one’s memories. The depictions of the beautiful scenery of Kyoto and its native dishes, which are like the original landscape of Japan, warmed my heart.”—Genki Kawamura,  author of If Cats Disappeared from the World

“The ultimate cozy, and a glimpse into a world that is at once quieter, more ritualized and seemingly simpler than mine, and yet strangely familiar. I savored every word.”—KJ Dell’Antonia, author of The Chicken Sisters
 
“A best-selling series in Japan, it’s both funny and sad, and, like any good meal, entirely satisfying.” – Arlington Magazine
 

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