I recently read my first graphic novel, What Did You Eat Yesterday?, which is also a manga. That term was new to me. I discovered manga refers to comics or graphic novels originating from Japan. This particular story is the first in a series about a gay couple living in Tokyo. Shiro Kakei and Kenji Yabuki are both middle-aged. Shiro is a lawyer and Kenji is a hair stylist. Cooking is Shiro’s avocation, and Kenji is a very willing recipient of his gourmet meals. Each chapter highlights food in some way. There are even detailed cooking scenes that include instructions and recipes that the reader can actually follow (if he/she is adventurous and can find the Japanese ingredients). A manga is read from back to front and right to left which was a bit hard to get used to. The stories tackle everyday issues of a contemporary gay Japanese couple in urban Japan. The art work is fun, and I enjoyed how the author effectively illustrated the novel. If you get hooked, there are many books in the series; the characters age as the story moves forward. The novel was a bookclub choice so I was glad for our group discussion. The style was so new to me that I missed out on some of the subtleties of the content. What Did You Eat Yesterday is a quick read, so I reread it. The second time around the content was much more thought provoking. In some ways, this was a reminder of how much I loved comic books as a kid!