The Kamogawa Food Detectives

The Kamogawa Food Detectives Series - Book 1

Disclaimer - This is Not a Romance Genre Book

By Hisashi Kashiwai, Translated by Jesse Kirkwood

G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 2024 (US English)


Have you ever had a meal that is often remembered, but never duplicated? That one meal that haunts you, beacause there is something unique to the dish? Then if you are in Japan and able to get to Kyoto, you are in luck. Nagare and his daughter Koishi run a restaurant, but in the back is where the magic is. People come, Koishi interrogates them, then Nagare uses his past skills as a police officer to track down the unique ingredients and recipes.

This is not a story where there is an overlaying story arc, instead it is really a series of short stories. A person will come, tell them about the dish and memories about the day, then they return and we discover if Nagare was able to work his magic.

The Kamogawa Food Detectives is a fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture and cuisine. I loved the descriptions of the various meals and of the places the different characters had been. Since the storylines really don’t connect, it is a nice read for when you have short bursts of time. There is also a resident cat who makes occasional appearances named Drowsy. A perfect name for a cat. It says there is a second book, and I will definitely keep an eye out for it.

Kathy Andrico -


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