The Kamogawa Food Detectives (A Kamogawa Food Detectives Novel #1) (Hardcover)

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The Kamogawa Food Detectives (A Kamogawa Food Detectives Novel #1) (Hardcover)

By Hisashi Kashiwai, Jesse Kirkwood (Translated by)


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The Kamogawa Food Detectives is the first book in the bestselling, mouth-watering Japanese series, for fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold.

What’s the one dish you’d do anything to taste just one more time?

Down a quiet backstreet in Kyoto exists a very special restaurant. Run by Koishi Kamogawa and her father Nagare, the Kamogawa Diner serves up deliciously extravagant meals. But that's not the main reason customers stop by . . .

The father-daughter duo are 'food detectives'. Through ingenious investigations, they are able to recreate dishes from a person’s treasured memories – dishes that may well hold the keys to their forgotten past and future happiness. The restaurant of lost recipes provides a link to vanished moments, creating a present full of possibility.

A bestseller in Japan, The Kamogawa Food Detectives is a celebration of good company and the power of a delicious meal.
Hisashi Kashiwai was born in 1952 and was raised in Kyoto. He graduated from Osaka Dental University. After graduating, he returned to Kyoto and worked as a dentist. He has written extensively about his native city and has collaborated in TV programs and magazines.

Jesse Kirkwood is a literary translator working from Japanese into English. The recipient of the 2020 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize, his translations include The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai, Tokyo Express by Seicho Matsumoto and A Perfect Day to Be Alone by Nanae Aoyama.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593717714
ISBN-10: 0593717716
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: A Kamogawa Food Detectives Novel
Advanced Praise for The Kamogawa Food Detectives

“Kashiwai’s unique blend of seasonings is more than enough to transform each into a five-star-worthy dish. . . [A] warm memory blanket of nostalgia. Readers [will] eagerly devour each morsel of this miso soup for the soul. . . A nourishing collection of bite-sized stories with a hearty dash of savory flavor.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Affecting. . . With overwhelming emotional resonance [. . .], Nagare satisfies toothsome dreams.”—Booklist

The Kamogawa Food Detectives is an absolute joy; hilarious, emotional, and entirely delicious. Hisashi Kashiwai's tales of love lost, found, grown older and reborn are both striking and comforting —  truly one of a kind. Delectable and delightful.”—Bryan Washington, author of Family Meal

“An early contender for my favorite book of the year. For anyone who loves magnificent food writing and great storytelling, this novel is a moving, beautiful, and impeccably detailed tribute to the power of a great meal.”—J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“I absolutely devoured this book! The father-daughter power duo of Nagare and Koishi Kamogawa carry this series of vignettes that show nostalgia is often the best spice and a plate of food is never just a plate of food. As warm and nourishing as a good cup of tea or bowl of miso soup, this is a series I can see myself returning to again and again.”–Mia P. Manansala, author of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning Arsenic and Adobo

“I devoured this novel! Each chapter is a morsel that awakens the senses just like the delicacies so elegantly described by author Hisashi Kashiwai. I was captivated by the intimate nostalgia stirred by food and memory, and I loved how the mysteries built one upon the other to create a culinary mosaic. I want chef-detective Nagare and his daughter Koishi to be real people so they can track down beloved dishes from my past and serve them to me in their quirky, covert Kamogawa Diner.”— Kim Fay, author of Love & Saffron

“The Kamogawa Food Detectives search for the taste of memories.  Like sights and sounds, tastes are also deeply connected to one's memories. The depictions of the beautiful scenery of Kyoto and its native dishes, which are like the original landscape of Japan, warmed my heart.”—Genki Kawamura,  author of If Cats Disappeared from the World

“The ultimate cozy, and a glimpse into a world that is at once quieter, more ritualized and seemingly simpler than mine, and yet strangely familiar. I savored every word.”—KJ Dell’Antonia, author of The Chicken Sisters