Yaoi Review: Eat or be Eaten

Eat or be Eaten
Story by Jinko Fuyuno
Art by Yaminaru Enjin
Published by Juné, imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN10: 1569706174
ISBN13: 9781569706176

Review by Linda Yau

As a management consultant, Masaki Ashizawa has been sent by his job to find the perfect candidate for a new innovative French restaurant, where the owner is already a renowned chef, but wants to nurture new talent. Ashizawa finds the chosen chef in Shuichiro Tsukbaki owner of Individu, a small French restaurant. Tsubaki is a man who cooks dishes that Ashizawa grown to savor and enjoy greatly. However, when Ashizawa approaches Tsubaki with the offer, the chef refuses. Now Ashizawa is left to try and convince Tsubaki, of the potential, but what would happen if there is a hidden reason for Tsubaki’s refusal?

As a book lover, reading one of Juné yaoi novels is always a nice deal for me; mainly because of the length, and a boy’s love reason. It wouldn’t be as explicit as some of the other titles, I read, but Yaoi novels are usually pretty sweet romances, this can be compared to the many Harlequin romances out there, as there is usually a formula with these books. It doesn’t stop me from enjoying them though. This is a book for people who like to read sweet love, and is not disappointed by the relatively lack of sex scenes such as *cough* *hack* Torque Press does, or even *cough* *cough* Luv Luv Press.

My reasoning behind the length is that the book usually over 100 pages and only costing slightly lesser than the $12.95 of Juné’s other books, good deal right? Penny pinching is usually something that I try to do as my home is getting pretty crowded with books, and still get that yaoi loving fix.

I have also been reminded recently of how the brain functions as a mental machine. With the words, and descriptions, usually with imagination, it gives a great enjoyment for the current visually bombarded individual.

Fellow JLHLS co-editor Jilly Gee had said to me, that this book definitely reminded her of certain scenes in a 2002/2003 Japanese food drama, My Little Chef, and I strongly agree, the process of cooking is always a nice basics for imagery for what is considered gourmet cooking. I also like this book for its technical aspects of just how a small restaurant might be run. That aspect where Ashizawa was learning how to arrange the table cloth was quite interesting. While the ending is easily predictable, there is some potential for what to add as a good quick read in a yaoi collection.

In a yaoi novel, the images are quite few, but this is one of the yaoi novels that was lucky enough to have a one page color insert. The rest of the images in the book was eye candy, and I can easily tell you my favorite image in the book though, is that last pencil sketch image after the author’s customary post script, where she spoke about her inspiration, and love for being able to be inspired to write this novel.

So for food enthusiast and yaoi lovers, this is a nice quick read. Bon appetit!

6 Replies to “Yaoi Review: Eat or be Eaten”

  1. This is a weird question. How were the physical qualities of the book? My copy of “Eat or Be Eaten” had some pages printed crooked or so close to the edge that I were almost cut off and about four or five pages that literally fell out of the book without any coaxing by me. Did you have any issues like that?

  2. My copy was fine. Usually issues like that is with the printing run, you might have gotten the first copy, and there was mistakes, so they didn’t notice because it was bound by a machine.

    I had that type of issue in the past, with an issue of Love Mode. Now normally when that happens, Jilly tells me to contact customer service to try and get it to be replaced. by another copy. I didn’t do that though with Love Mode, so I brought an extra copy.

    But issues like that is usually a printing error.

  3. Meh, I figured as much. I’m not too worried about it, I’m not too worried about it. And seeing how the book was provided by the publisher as a review copy it’s really OK. I’m just really weird. Having worked in a manufacturing setting for several years physical qualities of things (not just what I did at my job) seem to catch my eye and I place a high price on it.

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