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Not a home cooking semi-pro’s partner for nothing, when Kenji prepares himself instant ramen in Shiro’s absence, the level of dedication is rather inspiring.


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Not a home cooking semi-pro’s partner for nothing, when Kenji prepares himself instant ramen in Shiro’s absence, the level of dedication is rather inspiring.

30 review for What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The more I read these, the more I love Shiro and Kenji. It's the perfect escape from my life, and the art is just clean, and the recipes are so freaking intriguing to me. I know for a fact that I don't have Shiro's impressive knife skills but I still want to give it a go. I do love their relationship. Kenji's patience, Shiro's silent way of showing he cares. It truly is an adorable series. The more I read these, the more I love Shiro and Kenji. It's the perfect escape from my life, and the art is just clean, and the recipes are so freaking intriguing to me. I know for a fact that I don't have Shiro's impressive knife skills but I still want to give it a go. I do love their relationship. Kenji's patience, Shiro's silent way of showing he cares. It truly is an adorable series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I was convinced to go back and give the rest of this series a try after a Goodreads friend raved about the final volume and the series as a whole. I really struggled with the second volume and just...didn't like one of the two main characters and how he was treating his partner, and I sort of just lost interest. But I'm glad I picked it back up, because I feel like Shiro's general self-absorbedness (self-absorbtion? What the heck is the correct form for this word and why is English so weird?) is I was convinced to go back and give the rest of this series a try after a Goodreads friend raved about the final volume and the series as a whole. I really struggled with the second volume and just...didn't like one of the two main characters and how he was treating his partner, and I sort of just lost interest. But I'm glad I picked it back up, because I feel like Shiro's general self-absorbedness (self-absorbtion? What the heck is the correct form for this word and why is English so weird?) is dealt with really well here (go Kenji!), and he became a much more sympathetic character. It's still a slow, quiet sort of story, but I'm looking forward to the next volume now and seeing how Shiro and Kenji's relationship plays out. Thanks for the inspiration, Skye! :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.0 Stars Super cute & funny. This manga inspires me to cook... and eat.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew White Ellis

    I liked this volume a lot! I like the realistic relationships. Of course the love isn't quite the same after being together for, what. Three years? I don't think Shiro is being mean, I think he's just like a lot of other adults who get into long term relationships/ marriages/ or common law relations. I'm still loving how their relationship is playing, so that I find myself skimming over the recipes to get to more slice of life story lines. However, some of the recipes have definitely peaked my i I liked this volume a lot! I like the realistic relationships. Of course the love isn't quite the same after being together for, what. Three years? I don't think Shiro is being mean, I think he's just like a lot of other adults who get into long term relationships/ marriages/ or common law relations. I'm still loving how their relationship is playing, so that I find myself skimming over the recipes to get to more slice of life story lines. However, some of the recipes have definitely peaked my interest and I totally want to try the crepe recipe from this book and the one for homemade jam in volume 1. I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume of this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Sartor

    Volume 3 offers more of the same endearing mixture of food preparation and eating with a middle-aged gay couple living their lives. Shiro interacts more with his parents and deals with some deep issues related to them. My favorite chapter equates Shiro's grocery shopping on a budget and Kenji's securing of a hairstylist client to big game hunting. Very entertaining, amusing, and filled with wondrous food descriptions. My only complaint is Shiro's reason for staying with Kenji, but hey, it's in c Volume 3 offers more of the same endearing mixture of food preparation and eating with a middle-aged gay couple living their lives. Shiro interacts more with his parents and deals with some deep issues related to them. My favorite chapter equates Shiro's grocery shopping on a budget and Kenji's securing of a hairstylist client to big game hunting. Very entertaining, amusing, and filled with wondrous food descriptions. My only complaint is Shiro's reason for staying with Kenji, but hey, it's in character.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ngọc ♡

    (A+) I think it's pretty clear in this volume that Shirou has problems with admitting what he feels. Not only does he struggle with internalized homophobia, but also fear of abandonment and rejection that comes with previous failed relationships. Kenji understands this perfectly, though. He probably understands Shirou more than Shirou does himself. Shirou still has a very long way to go, and Kenji will be there for him the whole way. I love these two so much. (A+) I think it's pretty clear in this volume that Shirou has problems with admitting what he feels. Not only does he struggle with internalized homophobia, but also fear of abandonment and rejection that comes with previous failed relationships. Kenji understands this perfectly, though. He probably understands Shirou more than Shirou does himself. Shirou still has a very long way to go, and Kenji will be there for him the whole way. I love these two so much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Still loving the recipes and lovely food, but loving even more the slice-of-life relationships and their development. Shiro has a soul, after all!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    This volume felt pretty evenly-balanced between the recipes and actual story, which was nice. Also gratifying was seeing a bit of resolution between Kakei and his parents. In the previous volume, his reaction following his father's surgery was bordering on downright cold. Here...well, you can tell they don't necessarily have the healthiest of relationships, but at least it all felt more genuine. The remaining story parts of this volume were as much a look into facets of Japanese society, as they This volume felt pretty evenly-balanced between the recipes and actual story, which was nice. Also gratifying was seeing a bit of resolution between Kakei and his parents. In the previous volume, his reaction following his father's surgery was bordering on downright cold. Here...well, you can tell they don't necessarily have the healthiest of relationships, but at least it all felt more genuine. The remaining story parts of this volume were as much a look into facets of Japanese society, as they were about the personal lives of Kakei and Kenji. Everything from how seasonal changes affect the clientelle at various businesses, to how up-and-coming lawyers go about learning the trade--it's interesting stuff, from a cultural perspective. All in all, What Did You Eat Yesterday? remains a nice, comfortable slice of life series. Nothing ground-breaking, but after a long, tiring day, it's relaxing to sit back and read a chapter or two.

  9. 4 out of 5

    mydarlingreads

    Not Kenji ignoring Shiro's calls on New Year's Eve because he was eating time-sensitive ramen. And Shiro understanding! LOL I love how Kenji has also had enough of the Mochi that he's ok with Shiro going to the bakery of his ex. I'm dead. These two are so funny. The ending for this volume was really sweet literally and figuratively. I love how Shiro makes specific dishes because the ingredients are cheap and keeps in mind what Kenji likes and loves and is willing to spend a little more on some t Not Kenji ignoring Shiro's calls on New Year's Eve because he was eating time-sensitive ramen. And Shiro understanding! LOL I love how Kenji has also had enough of the Mochi that he's ok with Shiro going to the bakery of his ex. I'm dead. These two are so funny. The ending for this volume was really sweet literally and figuratively. I love how Shiro makes specific dishes because the ingredients are cheap and keeps in mind what Kenji likes and loves and is willing to spend a little more on some treats to show that he cares about Kenji. He's just like I'm too old to go back being single, I love Kenji but he loves me more and if we were to ever break up I'd be screwed. It's better to keep the status quo. His love language really is acts of service.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Still more of the same slice-of-life, but it bugs me that we don't see more of Kenji's perspective. He gets a couple chapters here and there, but not nearly as much attention as Shiro. And I really didn't like the story about the legal apprentice. I felt bad for her and didn't like that Shiro's self-conscious comment has probably made her feel out of place in a male-dominated field. Still more of the same slice-of-life, but it bugs me that we don't see more of Kenji's perspective. He gets a couple chapters here and there, but not nearly as much attention as Shiro. And I really didn't like the story about the legal apprentice. I felt bad for her and didn't like that Shiro's self-conscious comment has probably made her feel out of place in a male-dominated field.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It is thoughtful volume about an issue Shiro has to face as a single child. I do find it difficult to imagine how either one of them might be happy together without more interaction between them as a couple. Maybe I will learn more about their journey as a couple in later volumes

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Jones

    This is a sweet story of being a gay couple in the mid-forties. Older parents, aging self questions on how to manage life and it's surprises. The difficulties of leaving a relationship. It is better than to be together unhappy than to start over. I enjoy the simple cooking recipes. This is a sweet story of being a gay couple in the mid-forties. Older parents, aging self questions on how to manage life and it's surprises. The difficulties of leaving a relationship. It is better than to be together unhappy than to start over. I enjoy the simple cooking recipes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Definitely curious to see where their relationship goes from here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Pretty good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jillian -always aspiring-

    Reread in 2019 You can really tell Yoshinaga loves food and cooking.

  16. 5 out of 5

    BookWermTin

    this series has all of my faves- slice of life, Japan, yummy food and simple, sincere relationships ❤️❤️❤️

  17. 4 out of 5

    fiza

    I love this series so much

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    More delicious sounding recipes that I want to branch out and explore, and more background on Kenji and Shiro's life together and Shiro's parents. More delicious sounding recipes that I want to branch out and explore, and more background on Kenji and Shiro's life together and Shiro's parents.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mauri

    This series continues to be adorable: Shiro visits his parents for the New Year's holiday, then he and Kenji have to deal with the leftovers, including a familiar-to-anyone-in-contact-with-Japanese-families-at-the-beginning-of-January amount of mochi (too much mochi). While Shiro's out, Kenji prepares the perfect bowl of instant ramen for himself. There continue to be little hints of "life for gay men in Japan at the start of the 21st century" - Shiro doesn't know what Kenji's family situation is This series continues to be adorable: Shiro visits his parents for the New Year's holiday, then he and Kenji have to deal with the leftovers, including a familiar-to-anyone-in-contact-with-Japanese-families-at-the-beginning-of-January amount of mochi (too much mochi). While Shiro's out, Kenji prepares the perfect bowl of instant ramen for himself. There continue to be little hints of "life for gay men in Japan at the start of the 21st century" - Shiro doesn't know what Kenji's family situation is like because his usually cheerful partner won't discuss it, Shiro's uncomfortable when they eat out at a restaurant with another gay couple because they discuss stereotypical topics like interior decorating; when that same couple comes over for a dinner party at Shiro and Kenji's, one the couple reveals that he wants to adopt his partner, a legal loophole used by gay couples to ensure that their partners inherit something when one of them dies. (Adopting an adult might sound odd to Western ears, but is fairly common in Japan when even moderately prominent families want to adopt a son-in-law so a family name can be continued.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    2021: I decided in January to finally continue reading this series this year and have resolved for myself to point out one thing that I especially liked for every volume. There usually is more than one thing that I enjoy but I want to try to pick out and focus on one and see how it goes for me. It was a nice change to see Kenji preparing a meal. He felt such joy and anticipation for his ramen for New Year's Eve. ########My old review will stay for now but please take it with a grain of salt.###### 2021: I decided in January to finally continue reading this series this year and have resolved for myself to point out one thing that I especially liked for every volume. There usually is more than one thing that I enjoy but I want to try to pick out and focus on one and see how it goes for me. It was a nice change to see Kenji preparing a meal. He felt such joy and anticipation for his ramen for New Year's Eve. ########My old review will stay for now but please take it with a grain of salt.######### 2014: The way Shiro talked about his relationship with Kenji rubbed me the wrong way. To some extent, it was like this in the previous volumes, too. I was wondering if he really loved him or just stayed with him for convenience but here he admits it, really.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annaka Dodd

    Kenji and Shiro's lives unfold more around their dinner table, and bring insight along the way, particularly about Shiro. Another reviewer here said that Shiro has self~directed homophobia, and that comes through in several key events of this volume. There is a point where I felt almost betrayed by one of his inner confessions about Kenji, but not in a way that made me mad at the author. Characters that are perfect become boring quickly, and that is not the case here. The meals still get served, Kenji and Shiro's lives unfold more around their dinner table, and bring insight along the way, particularly about Shiro. Another reviewer here said that Shiro has self~directed homophobia, and that comes through in several key events of this volume. There is a point where I felt almost betrayed by one of his inner confessions about Kenji, but not in a way that made me mad at the author. Characters that are perfect become boring quickly, and that is not the case here. The meals still get served, the issues of life come in and are dealt with ~ or avoided ~ and the story unfolds. I'm still enjoying it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Oddly I've kept on with this series through book three, even though I am not interested in cooking (and in fact, the preparation of these dishes looks exhausting to me...I guess I like to spend more time eating than cooking!). And yet I read through the recipe portions anyway. It's obviously the art and language. And certainly the culture. How individuals exist within their cultural expectations. The characters are intriguing to me, even charming. I don't know if I will continue, but I won't NOT Oddly I've kept on with this series through book three, even though I am not interested in cooking (and in fact, the preparation of these dishes looks exhausting to me...I guess I like to spend more time eating than cooking!). And yet I read through the recipe portions anyway. It's obviously the art and language. And certainly the culture. How individuals exist within their cultural expectations. The characters are intriguing to me, even charming. I don't know if I will continue, but I won't NOT continue reading these books. I mean, not actively.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    This volume eliminated any doubts I had lingering from volume 2! Shiro not only show's his nice/caring side, but we also get to see more of Kenji, and discover that in many ways he is just as big a foodie as Shiro! It was great to see more depth to these characters, see more about their relationship dynamic, and see more than just the food (which still looks delicious!) This volume eliminated any doubts I had lingering from volume 2! Shiro not only show's his nice/caring side, but we also get to see more of Kenji, and discover that in many ways he is just as big a foodie as Shiro! It was great to see more depth to these characters, see more about their relationship dynamic, and see more than just the food (which still looks delicious!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ajdesasha

    Closer to 3.5 than 3, as I do feel this is an improvement over the first two volumes. I feel the series is much stronger when it focuses on their personal lives over their professional ones, which I think this volume does. I came away feeling I knew much more about what makes them and their relationship work, compared to the first two volumes where I felt I still knew nothing about them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sook Jin Ong

    Sometimes you need something as beautiful as Kinou Nani Tabeta to remind you of the simpler things in life that makes living meaningful: the act of deliberation, reflection, and enjoyment of food and company.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    i was surprised by how much i liked the characters this volume. it's not that i disliked them before -- they're fine -- but i wasn't actively drawn to them. i feel like i understood their relationship a bit better now though! and i enjoy shiro's pragmatism. as ever: yum, food. 4 stars i was surprised by how much i liked the characters this volume. it's not that i disliked them before -- they're fine -- but i wasn't actively drawn to them. i feel like i understood their relationship a bit better now though! and i enjoy shiro's pragmatism. as ever: yum, food. 4 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    I enjoyed this Volume a little more because Shiro showed a little more emotion for Kenji. What I didn't like was that Shiro couldn't show him directly. Still looking forward to reading the next Volumes. I enjoyed this Volume a little more because Shiro showed a little more emotion for Kenji. What I didn't like was that Shiro couldn't show him directly. Still looking forward to reading the next Volumes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    Hahahahaha, the thrill of the hunt! Shiro cracks me up when he goes into hunter mode while shopping for bargains. It also makes me want to cook something. now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denicemarcell

    In this volume this reader did leave with the impression there is more to their relationship than food. still not involved enough to want to own the series but i will keep a lookout for volume 4.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    See my review of volume 1.

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