The Manga Cookbook is YALSA "Quick Pick" for 2009

Manga University's "The Manga Cookbook" (ISBN 979-4-921205-07-2) has been named to the prestigious Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" list for 2009.

“This list is a true reflection of the teens we serve," said YALSA librarian Joy Millam. "Our goal was to put out a list that gives every reluctant reader a book to connect with personally."

"The Manga Cookbook," written by The Manga University Culinary Institute and illustrated by award-winning manga artist Chihiro Hattori, features step-by-step instructions for preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in every Western kitchen. The book's unique approach offers readers a quick and easy way to learn how to identify and make the kinds of food they see in all their favorite manga: authentic onigiri (rice balls), yakitori (skewered chicken), oshinko (pickled vegetables), udon (Japanese noodles), okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pizza) and many others. The book also Includes sections on how to assemble bento boxed lunches and properly use chopsticks.

"We spent three years planning, writing, illustrating and testing 'The Manga Cookbook'," said Manga University president Glenn Kardy. "Having our work recognized by YALSA is a tremendous honor."

Of the hundreds of books that are nominated for inclusion on the influential YALSA list, only a few dozen are selected. This year's list was announced during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting on Jan. 26, and will be distributed to libraries throughout the United States.

Manga University is the education imprint of Japanime Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based publiishing company and creative agency with a 10-year history in the manga and anime industry. For more information about "The Manga Cookbook" and other Manga University publications, please contact Japanime Co. Ltd. at [email protected] or

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