The series of events occur in the book evoke a sense of nostalgia, tragedy and hope, intersect by sublime Japanese aesthetics, focusing deeply on the poetic art of food. The imagery in this book will have you craving Okayu soup and Sunomono salad for weeks!
The author explores the relationship between Mikage, Yuichi , the people around them, and her love of kitchens and the culinary arts in a decisive way, each part of the novel flows delicately into each other revealing the emotional journey Mikage experiences through her loss of loved ones. I always cry when I read it, but it isn't all sad, so don't worry!
My favourite author; Banana Yoshimoto's books are charming and odd works of art. along with Kitchen, I also recommend Asleep, N.P. and Lizard in particularly, each containing one or more stories, each giving a window into the everyday life of Japan, but not without a touch of supernatural allure.
— Banana Yoshimoto (Kitchen)