Manga by Natsumi Ando, Story by Miyuki Kobayashi
Released in the U.S. by Del Rey
Slugline: The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. And for once this is not a sword technique
Poor girl is saved as a child by mysterious stranger who gives her a token, and years later as a teenager she goes to the school she thinks said stranger attends, only she is hated by the other girls and thinks that one of the two hottest guys in the school may be her long lost savior.
Quick, which manga have I described?
Yeah, twenty at least. The special skills that make Najika stand out, because the female leads always have something "special" about them, are her tasting and cooking abilities. The book actually has some recipes in the back for people to experiment with if they feel like it. The story is executed by the numbers, there are no real surprises other than for once the female lead is not always relentlessly upbeat, and has doubts to the point of almost leaving and not coming back. But other than that, this feels just like other shoujo titles, competent but nothing that I would go out of my way for.
Kitchen Princess is available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.