She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat Volume 2 expands the beautiful story about neighbors Nomoto and Kasuga. The pair continue building a connection based on delicious food. The dining details are as important as the characters; a character in itself as dish after fantastic dish appears. While their friendship blossoms, both begin to understand their dynamic is more than friends. She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat Volume 2 delivers genuine complexity and emotion in a yuri slice-of-food-life!
Created by Sakaomi Yuzaki with translation by Caleb David Cook and lettering by Phil Christie, She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat Volume 2 shows how quickly the pair grow attached. Published by Yen Press, this volume starts as Christmas approaches, their mutual uncertainty does not translate into complicated disagreements. The manga depicts the healthy maturity that both characters exhibit. Neither forces their feelings onto the other, creating a beautiful look at the fledgling beginning of yuri.
In She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat Volume 2, Nomoto and Kasuga Get Backstory Love
The second volume didn’t disappoint. The first showed their budding friendship surrounding food. The first volume gave backstory to Nomoto and her stifling mom with the “it’s time to settle down” lectures. The series does a phenomenal job highlighting how traditional, conservative households can have a negative impact. I did not even realize some homes prioritize the men in the family receiving more food than the women. But thanks to their patriarchal upbringings, neither wants to return home for the Christmas holidays.
Says Less, But Speaks Volumes
Kasuga talks less than Nomoto and doesn’t display the external emotional range Nomoto does. But She Loves to Cook Volume 2 magnificently expresses her emotions through her internal dialogue. She, like Nomoto, wonders about their relationship and what things—such as gift-giving—fall within their parameters. As they dance around each other, the food remains a yummy component of their shared relationship.
As their relationship grows, it’ll be interesting to see what challenges they face. One matter hinted at is Nomoto’s drinking. Kasuga points it out a few times to Nomoto, so that’s a potential issue for future volumes. It will also be interesting to see how their families react to their relationship. Given their strength to break free from their family’s respective grips, that can only bode well for this adorable pair.
Food You Want to Make
Food is essential to both women. So the manga includes little additions at the end about the dishes and sides the pair enjoy as they move toward coupledom. Creator Sakaomi Yuzaki also provides information about beverages and locations in Japan. It helps personalize the story and makes you feel like you’re watching a sweeping love story unfold. This series is perfect for cooking along and preparing meals to enjoy with a loved one.
She Loves to Cook, and She Love to Eat Volume 2 gives us more of Nomoto and Kasuga together and much-needed backstory. Plus, there is an endearing moment when they go out to eat, and the elderly couple cooking and serving them look so happy watching them enjoy the food. Kudos to the elderly woman for asking what size rice Kasuga wanted without the assumption that women equals small. This series is a delectable yuri tale worth reading and keeping in your collection.