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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 206
  • ISBN: 1-59796-042-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Iron Wok Jan

Iron Wok Jan Vol. #24

By Eduardo M. Chavez     September 05, 2007
Release Date: April 28, 2007

Iron Wok Jan Vol.#24
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Saijyo Shinji
Translated by:Carolyn Johnson
Adapted by:Benjamin Stone

What They Say
The ostrich competition is on! But Jan is in big trouble this time: every time he gets near one of the ostriches they run for their lives! Jan's bloodthirsty nature drives their adrenaline up making for very poor ostrich meat... but never fear, for Jan has a trusted ally! He's small, cute, and golden and he's going to make Jan win this competition!

The Review
The theme is "Cooking for the 21st Century" and years before global politics openly discussed topics such as global warming, change in the biosphere and survival of the fittest, the young chefs in the final of the All Japan Chinese Cooking Competition concocted dishes for a future where humanity is very different from what we know now. No matter what happens with our climate mankind is bound to change, evolve with time. To cook for the next generation of human is some serious forward thinking and is bound to create some controversy. Ransei, Kiriko and Jan are going to turn heads and twist minds with their dishes. They are going to argue that the food of the future will be dramatically different from what we eat today. Their biggest challenge though is not taste; they need to make tomorrow's dishes visually appealing.

Could a dish made of salt overcome our fears of sodium? Will the gourmands of today accept evolution early by choosing to eat softer and softer foods? Sounds like food for infants or the elderly to me. And can a food crazed nation like Japan accept insects as the next taste sensation? It is a fact that crickets are occasionally eaten as snacks in Japan but will worms, beetles and flies soon join the menu?

Jan's dishes in particular have always had a survivalist feel to them. Eating organ meats and eating items from low positions on the food chain have been a staple of his unique style of cuisine. Chinese cooking takes advantage of what is available, not only what is abundant, flavorful or nutritious. Insects, amphibians, reptiles and rare animals are all apart of the food chain and could be enjoyed. In a future where survival is key one cannot be picky but taste should be considered.

With only a few volumes left in the series, Saijyo-sensei has decided to use all of his magic as he heads winds this contest and series down. For the longest time, it was Jan's magic that has shocked and feed the curiosity of IWJ readers. In this volume the finalists, all three of them, are bringing their best with great detail to inspire a whole new future of flavors and cooking technique. For mankind to survive we need food. For food to appeal to a wide range of people it has to tasted good. Chinese cooking can make almost anything appetizing and Saijyo Shinji can make Chinese cooking, food a lot of people take for granted, exciting and almost out of this world. So he has accomplished his mission of creating the food of the future, while still making one of the more outrageous manga of the present. Not bad! Almost makes me hungry for more.


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