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CookingStories are works of fiction or games that revolve around food and drink. The main characters are cooks, chefs or work in some sort of restaurant, bakery, bar, or other establishment dedicated to food. They might also be students studying to be in the food preparation business.

Cooking stories are often SliceOfLife shows that have little in the way of action driven plot, but focus on daily life and characters. However, they can use plots similar to SportsStories. For example, instead of BigGame or a TournamentArc, they might have a cooking competition or have to prepare for the visit of an important VIP guest, a major food critic, or the health inspector.

Not to be confused with CookingShow. Compare to SportsStories and MusicStories. Generally involves lots of FoodPorn and other FoodTropes.

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/AddictedToCurry'' is about a curry restaurant and its ace cook.
* ''Manga/AntiqueBakery'' is a manga/anime which depicts the lives of four men who work in a small bakery.
* ''Manga/{{Bambino}}'' is about a young, ambitious and hot-blooded Italian cuisine apprentice chef.
* ''Manga/{{Bartender}}'' is a manga series that focuses on a genius bartender who uses his talents to ease the worries and soothe the souls of troubled customers.
* ''Manga/ChuukaIchiban'', or ''Cooking Master Boy'', is a manga/anime about a Chinese boy named Liu Mao Xing, who aspires to be a great chef like his mother. The story is set in a fictional Imperial China where cooking is taken seriously.
* ''Manga/CookingPapa'' is about a husband and father who happens to be really good at cooking and helps people out with this.
* ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' follows a group of adventures who decide to save money on supplies by cooking the various monsters they encounter while DungeonCrawling into delicious, wholesome meals. This leads to whole lot of bizarre recipes that range from Giant Scorpion and Walking Mushroom Hotpot to Mandrake and Basalisk Omelette.
* ''Manga/FightingFoodons'' is about great chefs who turn their tasty meals into [[{{Mons}} monsters that fight each other.]] Every bit as ridiculous as it sounds.
* ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' is mainly about three high schools cooking and eating together.
* ''Manga/IronWokJan'' is about an [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Chinese Cooking Guy]] attempting to prove he's at the top of the Chinese cuisine game.
* ''Manga/KinouNaniTabeta'' revolves around a gay couple and the meals they prepare in their otherwise busy lives.
* ''Manga/KitchenPrincess'' follows Najika Kazami, a cooking student who enrolls at Seika Academy to find her "flan prince", a mysterious boy who rescued her from drowning and fed her the flan in question, and who she believes to be a student at said school. Along the way she meets several hot guys and cooks many delicious desserts.
* ''Manga/MixedVegetables'' is a manga about two students at a cooking school: the daughter of a pastry chef, who dreams of being a sushi chef, and the son of a sushi chef, who dreams of being a pasty chef. Each one separately comes up with the idea that if they could just marry into a family with a business in their favorite cuisine, they'd have an excuse to abandon their family cooking tradition for that of their spouse's family....
* ''Manga/{{Oishinbo}}'' has reporters investigating all sorts of food situations in their quest to find the ultimate menu.
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' tells the story of a talented young chef who was sent by his father to the prestigious Tootsuki cooking academy, and must survive in the school's extremely competitive environment to further polish his skills.
* ''Manga/SweetnessAndLightning'' tells the story of a teacher and his daughter getting cooking lessons from one of his students.
* ''Manga/OishiiKankei'' aka ''A Delicious Relationship'' is a manga about a former rich girl becoming a chef.
* ''Manga/TodaysMenuForEmiyaFamily'': A ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' SpinOff where Shirou cooks dinner for the rest of the cast.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' manages to combine this with {{shounen}} series tropes; it's set in a world were gathering rare ingredients is a SeriousBusiness (and involves killing insanely powerful beasts for their meat or delving into jungles and caves for creatures that only appear very rarely and must be harvested with great skill).
* ''Manga/{{Working}}'' takes place in a family restaurant
* ''Manga/YakitateJapan'', has teenaged baker Kazuma Azuma, who dreams of creating a national bread for Japan.
* ''Manga/YumeiroPatissiere'' is about junior-high student Amano Ichigo, who decides she wants to be a pâtissière and enrolls in the Japanese division of a French baking school.


[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is about a rat named Rémy who wants to become a chef. He allies with a talentless would-be chef at a famous restaurant to use their abilities together and bring their formerly great restaurant back to its former glory.


[[folder: Film - Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/BigNight'' is about a pair of Italian brothers who own a restaurant and make a big feast for singer Louis Prima, which they believe will save them from having to close & go back to Italy.
* ''Film/BabettesFeast'': Babette has worked for years without pay for a pair of sisters in an ultrareligious sect. (She first came as a political refugee, and they agreed to let her stay but had to work as their cook in exchange for room & board.) Then Babette wins the lottery; she decides to make a meal she wants to make for once, rather than the life-sustaining but extremely bland food the sisters insist on her making. The sisters and the others in the town agree to attend the feast, but all decide amongst themselves not to comment in any fashion on the meal. It tuns out that [[spoiler:a) back in her home country she was an internationally famous chef, forced by circumstance to make nothing but gruel for the last 14 years and b) Babette spends the entire lottery winnings on the food for the feast.]]
* ''Film/{{Burnt}}'': Adam Jones is a chef who destroyed his career with his drug use and diva behavior. He returns to London after cleaning himself up so that he can redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
* ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'': A master chef has lost his sense of taste, but still tries to connect with his alienated daughters through food.
* ''Film/TheGodOfCookery'' is a Stephen Chow film that works [[MartialArtsAndCrafts martial arts into the culinary arts]].
* The film ''Film/NoReservations'' (not to be confused with [[Series/NoReservations the TV show]], which is a travel show about food).
** And its German original, ''Bella Martha'' (''Mostly Martha'' in its American release).
* ''Film/{{Tampopo}}'' is a sketch comedy revolving around food. It's main narrative involves a pair of truck drivers who take it upon themselves to revitalize the eponymous character's failing ramen shop.
* ''Film/TheRamenGirl''
* ''Film/{{Chef}}'' (2014) has a celebrity chef (Creator/JonFavreau), who, caught between his restaurant owner boss who wants him to stick to his tried-and-true favorites, and a food critic blogger who finds the same old thing mediocre, has a major meltdown that goes viral. He gets a shot at starting over running a food truck with his estranged son.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/LikeWaterForChocolate'' is a 1989 Mexican novel that chronicles the story of Tita, a fifteen year-old growing up during UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution with her mother, Mama Elena, her older sisters Gertrudis and Rosaura, the cook Nacha and maid Chencha on a ranch in Piedras Negras.
* ''Literature/SlavesOfSpiegel'' by Creator/DanielPinkwater is about a competition to determine the best fast-food chef in the universe.
* ''Bone in the Throat'', a novel by celebrity chef Creator/AnthonyBourdain about a young man trying to make it as a chef on his own talents despite every single mobbed up relative wanting to either take advantage of him, or make it easy for him.
* The ''Literature/TheBlissBakery'' trilogy is about the adventures of a family who bakes magical cakes and cookies.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GoodEats'' is a partial example, in that it is a CookingShow that often employs a narrative FramingDevice to hold the theme together.
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls''. Not only do the main characters work as waitresses at a diner, they are also trying to raise money to run their own bakery.
* ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}'' takes place mainly at Mel's Diner.
* ''Series/MyLovelySamSoon'' is a Korean drama about a young pastry chef and her boss, faking a relationship.


[[folder: Tabletop Game ]]

* ''Intergalactic Cooking Challenge,'' which can be summarized as "Series/{{Iron Chef}} [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]]: the RPG."


[[folder: Video Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/BattleChefBrigade''
* ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp''
* ''VideoGame/CookingMama'' is a game series by Majesco on Nintendo's systems in which you are a cook in the titular Mama's kitchen.
* ''VideoGame/CookServeDelicious'' is a MinigameGame where you play as the owner and sole cook at your very own restaurant, trying to fix meals in time to make your customers happy.
* ''Videogame/DinerDash''
* ''VideoGame/LittleDragonsCafe''
* ''VideoGame/OrderUp''


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''VideoGame/CafeWorld'' is a Flash-based game on Facebook.
* ''Webcomic/GourmetHound''
* ''WebVideo/TheKateringShow'', a parody of cooking shows.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' is about a young chef's apprentice.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', about a family-run diner.