Kitchen Xiuzhen

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In the Country of Fine Cuisine, chefs are the most respected vocation.

Luo Xiu, an award-winning chef from planet Earth, crossed over into this world by accident. With a Mapo bean curd in his hand, the dish created a strange vision of Flaming Mountain.

Food that caused clothes to explode? Food that glows? Food that creates visions? Food that causes illusion?

That’s right, a Xiuzhen chef on this continent can produce these special effects when they cook.

Have you seen potatoes as big as a human head?

Have you seen jade colored wheat?

What about chickens that are 0.8m tall?

In this world, these are just the most basic ingredients.

“Well, these ingredients are interesting and are a good fit for Chinese Cuisine!”

“If you move again, I will release the dish- Buddha Jumps over the wall!”

Boom!

A large golden Buddha sat on 10 Xiuzhen practitioners and squashed them to death!

Associated Names
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Kitchen Cultivation
厨修
Related Series
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Recommendations
Gourmet of Another World (2)
God of Cooking (1)
Gourmet Food Supplier (1)
Magic Chef of Ice and Fire (1)
The Urban Successor of God of Gluttony (1)
Daddy Fantasy World Restaurant (1)

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03/02/19 Kitchennovel c69
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11/29/18 Kitchennovel c64
11/19/18 Kitchennovel c63
11/12/18 Kitchennovel c62
11/04/18 Kitchennovel c61
10/17/18 Kitchennovel c60
10/09/18 Kitchennovel c59
09/24/18 Kitchennovel c58
08/06/18 Kitchennovel c57
07/23/18 Kitchennovel c56
07/23/18 Kitchennovel c55
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drollawake
drollawake rated it
March 5, 2018
Status: c189
Read this if you like cooking manga/anime levels of hype. However...

Cooking and plot development takes forever when half the chapter is filled with people gasping and wondering why the MC is so amazing. Imagine that happening for each step in the recipe and that's not counting the trash-talking and happens before, during, and after the cooking. It has all the generically bad Xianxia tropes including the headstrong MC who can't stop himself from trash-talking everyone else. It is common to see lines like "Do you know who I am?" and... more>> "Are you sure you want to go against me/them?"

In 25 chapters, he's already
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poisoned a young master to death and earned the enmity of the father. Then after offending and challenging a sect leader to a Shokugeki--yes, that's a mainstay in this world--plot armor ensures that he gets a ingredient that is good enough to win.

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If you don't mind that much gasping and trash-talking filler, this is probably okay. Other than some nationalism--somewhat justified since he comes from an alternative universe Earth--the actual cooking is interesting enough when the novel gets to it. And if you don't like the cooking parts, why would you read this in the first place?

The rest of my review will be on annoyances minor to me but possibly of interest to potential readers.

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After so many chapters, I've realised there isn't much description of how cultivation works apart from just eating good food. He's basically handed the best cultivation techniques from a secret source, so there's no scenes of comprehension that you might see in other Xianxia novels.

Also, I don't find the world believable. In the early chapters, the MC's main "cheat" appears to be his top chef status from "Earth" when the new world's standards are to do the minimum amount of processing to culinary ingredients and not having knowledge of condiments such as salt, MSG, and sugar. The excuse is that no one's bothered to innovate since good food comes from cooking high quality ingredients like high-level beasts. As the power levels rise, his impressiveness changes to being based on simply processing food, to processing food despite not being a cultivator, to being able to raise raw ingredients to a much higher grade than experts.

My gripe is that in this world, poor people with low time costs are presumably too lazy and dull that they can't invent time-consuming preparation methods to make up for their lack of access to expensive ingredients. Similarly, it also implies that the prospective profit from making low-quality ingredients taste good is so low that restaurants would rather stick to spending big bucks on better ingredients.

Although cooking is the main draw, his nationalism is sometimes annoying to the point of breaking immersion. What's believable is he brings in new facts like he came from an (alternate universe) Earth where he and his family's legacy pushed Chinese cuisine to the limit. What's not so believable is the reference to common characteristics of our Earth and this story's Earth. For example, he described the new world's cuisine as most similar to "Western" cuisine because they both coast by on using high-quality ingredients. He said that in a dough competition as he makes Chinese-style noodles, as if there's no standards for making classics such as pasta or baguettes. What's also less believable is his talk of Chinese imperial cuisine as superior by virtue of who its served to, as if rulers elsewhere were less picky or as if it has a longer history because dynasty changes don't matter.

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Raneday
Raneday rated it
March 9, 2018
Status: --
It's a cooking novel so I decided to mtl read it but it's a disappointment for me

I would have like this novel more, if not for the fact that it's just basically a typical xianxia troupe but more focus in cooking. The MC would offend some people only to find out that they have a powerful backer, or MC would introduce something new and the people around him would just praise the MC to the sky.

And it's kinda annoying whenever MC claims that their family in China or their cuisine... more>> sort of invented almost everything in the culinary world. Heck whenever he use a technique and it originates from China he would elaborate and I would have a exaggerated feeling due to it while if it's from other cuisine origin he would just usually say it in passing.

PS: Toooooo many filler chapters let's say for example if he cooked one dish, it would at least take for at least 5 to 10 chapters before it finished just for one dish *grumbles* <<less
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Blackcross013
Blackcross013 rated it
April 27, 2018
Status: --
I really wanted to like this one but... MC reincarnated in a different world... He has no sense of taste and smell, but somehow still easily finds the equivalent of the ingredients and spices he knows in this different world without tasting or even smelling... 😥
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Felix3D
Felix3D rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c254
Read the name translation : "Kitchen Cultivation"

That's it.

It's literally a Xuanhuan/Xianxia story where you cultivate through cooking and eating instead of body training and so on.

... more>> So move all of those things you saw in those kinds of stories like WDQK and ISSTH into a cooking setting.

That's what it says on the tin, that's what you're getting.

None of the cooking techniques are believable, and it's clear the author doesn't know how to cook, and only cribs techniques from other stories or recipies he's never cooked himself.

If you're ok with that, or don't know how to cook yourself, this is a fine novel to read.

Otherwise you'd be like me, knowing how to cook and knowing food science and then cringing hard at all of his statements, despite the MC supposedly being the greatest chef on Earth before transmigrating.

It's not bad, it's just not exemplary. It's rote, by the numbers Xianxia, but with a cooking veneer put on it. It's sorta like Chef of Ice and Fire, if that story only let you cultivate through cooking.

So think along the lines of Gourmet of Another World, and Daddy Fantasy World Restaurant, but with a much larger focus on cultivation. It's definitely not as good as those two stories, and I would recommend the other two before this one in a heartbeat, but I can't say this is as bad as Maverick Chef or Gourmet Food Supplier.

Actually, depending on what you like/look for, it may be just on par with Gourmet Food Supplier, now that I think of it. <<less
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