Where do I get my Japanese Recipes?

The Manga Cookbook: Japanese Bento Boxes, Main Dishes and More!

I would love to tell you that the recipes are all ancestral secrets, but I’m not oriental. I would tell you that I had a dream that involved two dragons. The white dragon gave me the recipes and the black dragon gave me ninja-like cooking skills. Nope. No dream. No Dragons.

What I do have is a book. The book is fun and VERY simple. It is targeted in such a way that a child, with appropriate adult supervision, could pull off most of the recipes. I got this book from Manga University, which has some interesting products. Along with a couple of simple manga cookbooks, they also have a fun manga kanji book series and a “Kana de Manga” book which teaches both Katakana and the Hiragana characters. They also have manga drawing tutorials and supplies.

While checking out the website to make sure it was around before publishing this article, I found out that they now have a second cook book! Before finishing this article, I have already ordered it!

Language geek note: I used the “Kana de Manga” to learn the basics of Katakana and Hiragana characters. For learning the more challenging Kanji, I chose to go with “Remembering the Kani 1” by Heisig. Note, the Heisig approach also means that one learns the meaning of the character without learning how to pronounce it. That means one can hold off determining whether Chinese or Japanese is more in line with their goals until they already have the meanings down.

archive.org has gone wild!

I remember when I would walk into a library as a youngster and be amazed by the variety available. I would go from section to section, just to see what was there. The site archive.org brings that feeling back. I’ve enjoyed that site for years. But now, they have done it again.

I was shocked, stunned, completely gobsmacked! The Internet Archive has added some INCREDIBLE new content. They’ve added online arcade games, comic collections, manga collections, cookbooks, and a favorite of mine, a pulp magazine section.

Internet Arcade (903 items)

Console Living Room

WWII Archive (3,429 items)
WWII books, broadcasts, radio, training films, etc.

A few THOUSAND comics:

Ace Comics Collection
202 items

Atari Force Comics
19 items

Captain Marvel Adventures
140 items

Classic Comics
727 items

Comics Collections Page
149 items
Includes; Forbidden Worlds (100), Gunsmoke (25), Jo Jo Congo King (3), and Sad Sack (11).

Dotty (Ace Comics) Collection

Fawcett Comics
764 items

Fawcett Comics: America’s Greatest Comics
8 items

Skywald Comics
72 items
Mostly horror genre. You MUST check out Skywald Comics: Scream Issue 01 (1973) click here to view it. It has VERY nice black and white artwork. Even if you don’t care for horror, this is some BEAUTIFUL artwork! You can view the entire collection, including horror, monsters, cowboys, etc. at

Tandy Whiz Kids Comics
11 items
Older computer geeks might like to visit this one.

The Manga Library
7,806 items
Fantastic! You MUST browse this collection!

Webcomic Universe
5,135 items

Pulp mag archive (1,452 items)

Cookbooks (3,000+)

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Collection (300 items)

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Internet Arcade RSS Feed

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Fawcett Comics RSS Feed

Classic Comics RSS Feed

Captain Marvel Adventures

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