A comic book cookbook with accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, including simple weeknight bowls, weekend project stocks, homemade noodles, and an array of delicious accompaniments, with insights and tips from notable ramen luminaries.
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Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for everything you need to make the perfect bowl at home including tares, broths, noodles, and toppings. Authors Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan present colorful, humorous, and easy-to-follow comics that fully illustrate the necessary steps and ingredients for delicious homemade ramen. Along the way, they share preparation shortcuts that make weeknight ramen a reality; provide meaty tidbits on Japanese culinary traditions; and feature words of wisdom, personal anecdotes, and cultural insights from eminent ramen figures such as chef Ivan Orkin and Ramen Adventures' Brian MacDuckston. Recipes include broths like Shio, Shoyu, Miso, and Tonkotsu, components such as Onsen Eggs, Chashu, and Menma, and offshoots like Mazemen, Tsukemen, and Yakisoba. Ideal for beginners, seasoned cooks, and armchair chefs alike, this comic book cookbook is an accessible, fun, and inviting introduction to one of Japan's most popular and iconic dishes.
Hugh Amano is a chef and writer. He was the creative consultant and opening sous chef at Chicago’s exploration of Macanese cuisine, Fat Rice, and the co-author of The Adventures of Fat Rice, Let’s Make Ramen!, and Let’s Make Dumplings! Hugh is a graduate of the University of Colorado and New England Culinary Institute.
Sarah Becan has been drawing comics since she was very small. Her food-based autobiographical webcomic “I Think You’re Sauceome” sparked a love of food and culinary illustration, and her work has since appeared in various publications, including Saveur, Eater, Chicago magazine, and Chicago’s Reader newspaper. Her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, was a recipient of a Xeric award, and she illustrated Let’s Make Ramen! and The Adventures of Fat Rice. Currently residing in Chicago, she would be very happy to do nothing but draw food all day.
“Let’s Make Ramen! not only lays out how to make ramen in an accessible way, but it also packs in a wealth of information about ramen and Japanese culture. You come away with a real understanding of what makes ramen so special.” – Ivan Orkin, author of Ivan Ramen
“As a ramen aficionado and lover of comics, I’ve waited for a book like this forever! This book is filled to the brim with in-depth knowledge of ramen told through mouthwatering, easy-to-digest comics. Reading Let’s Make Ramen! is as delightful and satisfying as slurping a delicious bowl of ramen.” – Robin Ha, author and illustrator of Cook Korean!
“This book is a gorgeously illustrated love letter to ramen. It’ll walk your feet to the ramen-ya before you’ve finished the first section.” – Lucy Knisley, author and illustrator of Relish and French Milk
“From exposing technique to preaching etiquette, Let’s Make Ramen! is a ramen revelation! This beautifully illustrated cookbook will slurp all your senses and leave you crushed. A must-own for all of us ramen freaks!” – Keizo Shimamoto, chef/owner of Ramen Shack
“Beware: This book is so compelling, and it so simply facilitates the ramen process from start to finish, that instead of happily lazing around on your day off, you’ll be itching to cook ramen for yourself!” – Bjorn Shen, chef/owner of Artichoke
“What I love about Let’s Make Ramen! is that it touches on the tradition of ramen, while giving people practical means to recreate their own unique bowls at home.” – Tory Miller, James Beard Award-winning chef and noodle slinger