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Manga: The Secret Recipe
That sweet taste of yuri

Horikawa Yuuko, newly appointed president of her school's cooking club(but referred to by both Wakatsuki and the narrator as The President, is rather thrown when the club's newest recruit, Wakatsuki, comes to her with a request: a kiss. Wakatsuki suspects she might be gay and wishes to test the theory, and since she joined the cooking club only to attract a good husband, she plans to quit the club if her theory is proved correct. Desperate to keep the club numbers up, Horikawa agrees to the odd request, and much wacky Les Yay ensues.

The Secret Recipe is a Girls Love manga by Morinaga Milk that began as a one-shot but has since expanded into a serial.


The Secret Recipe contains examples of:

  • Almost Kiss: In chapter 13, Wakatsuki finally managed to convince Yuuko to kiss her(by bullshitting that 'vital spirits' will scare away ghosts), however after a bit, she changed her mind as the kiss meant a lot more than it does and just dismiss the chance. Yuuko was a bit disappointed, surprisingly.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: Yuuko does this at a thought that Wakatsuki consider leaving the cooking club because she does not need to land a guy.
  • Body Sushi: In chapter 4, Wakatsuki subconsciously suggested that she wants to eat off Yuuko's body before quickly changing the subject when Yuuko gave her a Death Glare.
  • Caught in the Rain: In chapter 13, Wakatsuki and Yuuko got caught in a light rain after they were lost in the woods and have to take shelter under a nearby tree.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: In chapter 13, after Yuuko and Wakatsuki got lost in the woods they tried to contact the inn and Kanbe, only to find that their phone can't find a signal.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Wakatsuki whenever Kanbe was around. During Kanbe's suprise visit in chapter 6, Wakatsuki tried to shoo Kanbe away by hinting that the club was not doing well at all, then insulting her vocational school, then put salt in her tea.
  • The Ditz: Wakatsuki
  • Demonic Possession: Discussed and played for laughs in chapter 13, Wakatsuki tried to justify the fact she got the fireworks soaked and the fact that they got lost in the woods in the rain by saying that it was all a trick by a ghost, to which Yuuko leapt to a conclusion that Wakatsuki was possessed by the ghost.
  • Everyone calls her the President: Wakatsuki never calls or knows the President by her real name. The only time it was revealed was when Kanbe, Yuuko's predecessor, called her by name.
  • Fainting: Of the Anemia variant when Yuuko see how grasshoppers are cooked. While still standing.
  • Foreign Queasine:
    • The cooking club was treated to a local cuisine of preserved seasoned grasshoppers and bee larvae by the innkeeper in chapter 11. Subverted when Yuuko tried out the dish and commented that it's not bad, as well as Kanbe, though the others were still hesitant to try it. Then Yuuko see how it was cooked... After her faints and were put to rest, in her dreams she murmured along the line of grasshopper dessert.
    • Then, in chapter 12, GRASSHOPPER ROLLS. Fortunately, for Wakatsuki, it's only in her dream.
  • Genki Girl: Wakatsuki
  • Girls Love: Given who written the manga, it should be no surprise.
  • Girlish Pigtails: When Wakatsuki was told to tie her hair back for cooking days in chapter 6, she tried to tie her hair up in the trope's manner in chapter 8 but failed every attempts. Eventually Yuuko came in and have to do her hair into braids every cooking days. Neither of them seemed to mind that though.
  • I Warned You: Kanbe paraphrased after the club freaked out at how grasshoppers are cooked.
  • The Klutz: Wakatsuki, especially egregious in chapter 12, in an attempt to woo Yuuko, she constantly make various mistakes with a huge one being soaking an entire box of fireworks, thus leading to a cancellation of fireworks display, to the disappointment of everybody.
  • Lethal Chef: Wakatsuki, despite being in a club that teaches cooking. For one, she did neither measure the amount of lemon juice nor mix properly. Then there is an abomination of a cake that Wakatsuki baked to express her feelings to Yuuko.
  • The Load: Ever since Yuuko added a new romance/popularity angle on the Cooking Club, the club has gotten new members by a dozens, she does not need to worry about Wakatsuki leaving the club and causing a downgrade of the club. In fact, several of the new members requested that Wakatsuki should be kicked since she does not follow as well as the others. Of course, since Yuuko developed enough feelings for Wakatsuki, she vouch for her(though she still disciplined her) while Wakatsuki loved the President enough to stay anyways.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Wakatsuki, she has absolutely no qualms kissing the President and touching places where it shouldn't be touched at. at least until she developed more serious feelings for her.
  • Meganekko: Yuuko
  • The Millstone: Wakatsuki, see The Klutz entry above.
  • The Pollyanna: Kanbe. In chapter 6, even if Wakatsuki does what she does in the Clingy Jealous Girl entry above, she still all smiles and even offered to teach Wakatsuki a simple candy recipe so that she can cheer the president up.
  • Practice Kiss: The main reason why Wakatsuki kiss The President is because she wanted to test her sexuality.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Yuuko gives hers to Wakatsuki.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Yuuko's Sempai to Wakatsuki's Kouhai.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Downplayed. Wakatsuki and Yuuko think 'sufficient quantity' is a bit too technical of a term for them to understand.
  • Skinship Grope: Wakatsuki has difficulty keeping her hands to herself. In fact, in chapter 9 she groped a random 2nd year student just to see if she felt weird doing that. She does not.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Yuuko clonking Wakatsuki on the head with a ladle became a running gag.
  • That Came Out Wrong: In chapter 9, after Yuuko scolded Wakatsuki for groping another student:
    Yuuko: I already know that you like girls so, from now on, you shouldn't do those things with people other than me...
    (beat)
    Wakatsuki: What things?
  • Through His Stomach: The only reason Wakatsuki joined the cooking club was to attract a very successful man but when she realized she has lost interest in men she considered dropping out of the club.
  • UST: Once Wakatsuki really starts falling for the President she is unable to continue her normal skinship gropes or practice kisses, because them being meaningless hurts too much.
  • No Respect Guy: Horikawa Yuuko, seeing how Wakatsuki being able to teased her all she wants, even if she gets whacked by a ladle later and barely anyone else came to meetings. Yuuko even think herself as this since no one seems to respect her authority as the President, she was even thinking about stepping down as president in chapter 6 after the final straw Wakatsuki pulled. It gets better after Yuuko introduced a romance/popularity angle on the club though.
  • One Head Taller: Yuuko is short compared to Wakatsuki, which the latter noticed when they first met in the volume one special one-shot prequel chapter and even mistook her as a first year.
  • Weapon of Choice: For Yuuko, it's the ladle, for the slapsticks mention above.


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