Prologue (LOL) - We get minimal info from the summary here, so moving on.
Chapter 1 - MC is working part time jobs and doing little handicraft work (threading beads) for some side $$ during breaks and the like, woo!
Chapter 2 - Stupider learns his first skill and we get a bit of backstory, though not much, its vague. Stupid then freaks out for reasons you have to read to know! Suffice to say, hes stupid as ****.
Chapter 3 - Stupid keeps freaking out and gets even stupider! though theres some more backstory though still vague.
Chapter 4 - Stupid cant seem to recall how he made his first skill (Thread Bead, or if we want to call it as its action.. Bead Threading) which magically appeared while he was working hard THREADING ****ING BEADS! and trying to figure out better ways to do it more efficiently. So in an attempt to make new skills, he thinks (dunno why, hes clearly brain damaged) and thinks and thinks, and something happens!! OH NOES!, then he gets his 2nd new skill! ZOMG NEW SKILLZ!!! HOWD I GET IT?!?! I WAS ONLY DOING WHAT THE SKILL IS ***ING NAMED!
He was working cashier at a crap mart and lost some register $$ during his shift and was running the numbers on a calculator (and the author likes to repeatedly state hes barely a HS grad for some reason) when he magically learns!!! DUNDUNDDDDUUUNNNNN Fast Calculations skill! WOWZERS GOLLY GEE WIZZ *******MAN I WONDER WHY?!?
Chapter 5 - Hes mysteriously baffled why he learned said skill in chapter 4 and cannot comprehend it.
And thats when I gave the **** up reading this. Look, I see it says "Dense Protagonist" up there, alright? But thats for EQ, not IQ. We need a tag for "Brain Dead Protagonist"... maybe "Protagonist is slow witted" or "MC HurDurs - Used when the MC is so stupid you wonder how the author ever managed to write a book!"
It got blocky... sorry.
Romance isnt a tag yet the MC gets a woman. Heres the reason. It is not a romantic relationship. It is purely for the "love interests" survival and the main characters overpowering setup. My question is why? Xintong (the foil at this point) gets characterized well (better than some romance tagged love interests funny enough) yet just turns into a cockholster so the main character can get stronger by banging away (well alright, he has to follow an ancient karma sutra books instructions but still). Why? Whywhywhywhywhy? She literally comes across as a nice big sister, then a friend, then a love interest, now shes just a s*x toy to be used and left alone. Literally Xintong says "No matter what your decisions, I will silently follow and support you.”.. f**k THAT! It literally just means "You can f**k me all day long to get stronger (though I benefit too) but if you need help killing some mofos, just say the word and this piece of ass will do so!" Might as well just change it to "Yes Master. Put my ass here Master? You want me to be quiet Master? Alright, pu**y will sit in the corner now." Im a guy and this makes me depressed. Why characterize her so well just to make her a silent f**ktoy? At this point shes just a blowup doll that can fight when required.
Oh My God! The MC is so spineless! Ya alright, I dislike bugs and insects n such too cause they are generally creepy looking and pop up out of no where. This dude almost drops a deuce (poops) and tries to flee seeing a giant Centipede. He freaks out over ghosts and horror stuff to the point of going fetal position and muttering to himself at one point in the story. Hes the House Husband #1 Candidate cause he does the cooking and cleaning for his little sister, cause shes a hopeless gamer girl, well least shes cute *eye roll*. There are a lot of jokes centered on the MC being a female in the game which honestly seems to be the only reason it happened. As the story progresses, the MC seems to act more and more feminine which is honestly depressing.
Look, im all for a character with what people thought to be sh*t skills being useful to parties and can somewhat solo successfully albeit on lower level monsters, as well as being a crafter. I have no issues with MOST choices made in this book... the ones I do have issues with...
MC turning into a female yet nothing really happens but lots of "funny?" situations mainly revolving around his best friend.
The MC is a crafter that can craft potions, accessories, food and other odds and ends... yet even in Volume 7 only has 2/10 equipped accessories..... not sure if the author hates the MC or not just on this point alone.
The MC only equips armor in 4 of 6 equipment slots... not sure what one of the equipment slots is but the MC doesnt have a hat or tiara or anything in the headgear slot that could bolster stats (for crafting or hunting!!!), think the author hates the MC by now.
The author has little to no Gamer knowledge yet managed to write a decent book... just kinda pisses me off. The reason I say that though is because iv yet to run into an MMORPG that has equipment based Stats where not wearing a full set of equipment allows you to play properly (except in crafting for a lot... most games kinda ignore their own crafting mechanics 90% of the time... or in P2W games, its a RMT trap). Also the author doesnt know some/alot of Gamer terms and slang, as witnessed by mostly ignoring the possible usage by having the MC completely ignorant and not learning like any of it.
Finally its the fact that the MC somehow manages to get dragged into what would be current Peak Game (end-game seen as being current top tier due to not actually BEING the endgame [max level] content) yet not getting insulted for lack of damage because hes like THE ONLY person in the game that picked Enchant which is a buff skill. Its his main contribution that no one else could do because no one picked it cause it has short range, unless paired with another skill no one took except the MC. This stems back to the author lacking gamer knowledge but in ANY GAME there would be people taking the Buff Skills no matter how weirdly they had to be used so they could buff their party members for better attack or defense.... the fact that NO ONE ELSE took this skill because some Beta Players said its trash is just stupid. After people noticed our MC making use of it in Volume 5 to buff large groups of people, im pretty sure it woulda caught SOMEONES attention that its not a dead trashy skill! And its not like the MC kept his Sense build a secret, theres like 30 people that know what Senses the dude has! Good things like this dont stay hidden or monopolized by ONE person in MMORPGs!
First things first, im still reading this at time of posting this and im not really far into it so yay? I guess.
Gourmet Food Supplier is... weak? compared to other cooking novels iv read. The nearest as of my current chapters would be Gourmand Of Another World so lets compare the two a bit. Also I really dont care which came first cause im reading them parallel anyways.
Bu Fang - Wants to be the God of Cooking. +1
Yuan Zhou - ??? Doesnt want to be poor? -1
Bu Fang - He doesnt honestly give a damn about you, your mother, father, cat, dog, sister or ancestor unless you are his customer that doesnt cause trouble. +1 for consistancy
Yuan Zhou - Still not really sure what his take on personal interactions is. He seems like he would succumb to a pretty face or his friends... or well anyone if the system didnt bald faced say "Step up your (personality) level". +1 for consistancy
Bu Fang - The system in this novel seems a bit... emotional? and it adds some flavor to the story. +1
Yuan Zhou - The system here so cold, emotionless and dead.. like a robot (which this story lacks even one of those, so sad). -1
Havnt gotten far enough to say much more honestly. So a quick summed up wording would be.
The main character in Gourmet Food Supplier has no real reason to become good at cooking besides money. The system in this story is sterilized to the point of blandness and the only thing going for the MC at the moment is his consistency in his lack of self principles unless the system steps in and tells him to grow a spine.
Oh and another comparison difference is Bu Fang practices every morning and evening after closing up shop where as Yuan Zhou does not practice because the system slams the skills into him and he gets better over time... is Yuan Zhou an Eve character?
chp 49 edit - MC is a douchebag. hope he gets punched atleast once before book is over.
Edit as of Chapter 68 -..I tried to be colorful and interesting in my wording here but I dont even care anymore. A dead dog has more personality traits then the MC and im still reading just for something to do. I literally stopped reading at chapter 64 as the thought hit me "I am seriously just read this because I have nothing better to do... well I could clean my desk and house but that takes more effort than reading so no."
A subsummary for this as of this point could be..
A man whos parents died and he was going to sell his family restaurant magically gains a System that hands him everything yet he still has the gall to complain and whine how hard he works. A novel about how hard it is to sprinkle salt, beat eggs and serve food that you never practiced cooking yet still make more in a month than three average families. Watch as our protagonist (lol) learns to make noodles (did we mention his parents ran a noodle restaurant?), makes money hand over fist, never deals with any hardship except waking up in the morning nor the paper work of running a business. This is a story about hardship, indifference, and how to make a better Egg Fried Rice!
.... Pretty sure this guy would get stabbed if he explained his daily life to any other chef.
Chapter 159 edit.... This book is for people that want to know about all the best ingredients EVER produced in China and maybe, grudgingly some other places in the world. You get history, backstory about ingredients, recipes and honestly these things arnt a bad read (note: I have not fact checked, so it could be bullsh*t, but whatever?). So if you are looking for a story about cooking that focuses on the ingredients, recipes and cooking know how (again could be bogus far as I know) this novel is for you!
If you want characters... some of the side characters are decently fleshed out and interesting but the main character is a Saltine Cracker. He is pre-packaged, tasteless and bland.
I got some laughs starting around chapter 50 and onward, a good chuckle in the early 100s but im missing some of the comedy I guess due to loss in translation but if something has a "comedy" tag, shouldnt there be a laugh or two in 10 chapters even with loss in translation? I found myself nodding off reading this because it just gets... boring. I guess this particular author's style isnt suited to me because half his content is information about ingredients or recipes and these dont give me raging stiffies or anything to care to read about it. Maybe if I could go eat the food id give a damn but honestly it just feels like a gluttons masturbation material sometimes.
Chapter 196 edit - The system seems to be getting a personality (around 150ish I guess) and some other things are improving imo so upping my Stars to 3 (2.5 god damnit).
I REALLY REALLY WANTED TO STAB NINELOTUS compared to any other female side character or potential love interest in ALMOST any other book I have ever read.. The only other soulless bitch that compares would be Catti-brie from R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realm series. Bitches like this need to die. Sorry if anyone liked Catti-brie but I didnt orgasm over Drizzt as hard as most fans apparently cause I felt she totally wronged Wulfgar and deserved to have her uterus become a new hat while still attached.