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This is a book about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1993]
ISBN: 9780802115164
Branch Call Number: YOSHI
Characteristics: 152 pages ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Kitchin. English


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Hillsboro_JeanineM Jan 25, 2021

Kitchen is a very sweet story of love and loss but the additional novella "Moonlight Shadow" was a 5 star read to me. "Moonlight Shadow" is also about love and loss but it has a mystical element to bring closure to the protagonists.

Apr 17, 2020

I had a hard time relating to the characters, but the stories are beautifully written.

Aug 09, 2019

In Kitchen, Mikage and Yuichi are brought together by the death of her grandmother. Mikage, who’s grandmother was her last living relative, becomes part of Yuichi’s family and a second child to Eriko, his trans mother. When, later, Eriko dies, Yuichi and Mikage lean on each other as they are orphans together. In Moonlight Shadow, Satsuki has lost her boyfriend Hatoshi in an accident, and searches for a way to recover from it. She meets Urara, who promises to show her something mystical and rare in the Weaver Festival Phenomenon.
I liked the characters of Mikage and Satsuki, and how the characters’ emotions come through very clearly in Yoshimoto’s work. However, the stories were a little short for my liking.

Jan 30, 2019

Two stories for the prince of one, each was beautifully written and delved into emotions that I hardly ever see. Maybe it's just because I've stuck to the same genres over and over again, but even if so I'm glad that Kitchen was where I discovered them.

This was recommended to me by a dear friend and she did not disappoint. Feelings of grief, bonding over food, and a hint of fate would be the words that I describe this book. They're short reads and oh, so worth it.

Nov 25, 2017

More little-girl sentimentality from the author.

Maybea Jun 22, 2012

My best friend handed me this book when I was having a rough time. It was like wrapping up in a warm blanket. A lovely, cozy, comforting book.

Apr 02, 2012

Really good book!

Sep 10, 2011

Two wonderfully simple stories about devastating loss and loneliness; and how love, friendship, and fried foods can help with healing the hole left behind by death.

ksoles May 19, 2011

"The place I like best in the world is the kitchen." So begins Banana Yoshimoto's off-beat, quirky yet charming novella. Both "Kitchen" and its accompanying story, "Moonlight Shadow," feature protagonists coping with grief and searching for comfort in seemingly endless uncertainty. But neither story imparts hopelessness; rather, they both highlight the daily joys of food, laughter, friends and city streets.

I very much enjoyed the "Japanese style" of this book (brilliantly translated by Megan Backus) - its deceptive simplicity underscored with evocative imagery, whimsy and poignant philosophy.


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Sep 10, 2011

I silently implored: May the memory of this moment, here, the glowing impression of the two of us facing each other in this warm, bright place, drinking lovely hot tea, help save him, even a little bit.

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