Mikage has faced unspeakable pain. As an orphan being raised by her grandmother, the girl finds comfort in the one place where happy memories were made, which is the kitchen. After her grandmother passes, Mikage finds herself scooped up by another not so traditional family, but one filled with all the things she needs, which is light and love.

Told with courageous honesty, Yoshimoto holds nothing back when it comes to the painfully confusing process of grief. Although the subject is heavy, the author delivers her story with a surprising mix of humor and lightness. The characters are endearing and believable, their conflicts painfully relatable.

I enjoyed this story very much and I recommend it for anybody wanting to step into the Japanese culture. The kitchen in this story provided us with a whole lot more than food.