Writer and Artist: Takashi Hashiguchi
Yakitate!! Japan is a food manga, originally published 2001-2007. The protagonist Kazuma Azuma is young man out to convert the rice-loving Japanese to bread. He wants to create Ja-Pan. Pan is the Japanese word for bread, you see, and Kazuma feels the Japanese need a national bread like so many found in Europe. A small town boy, he goes to Tokyo to follow his dreams.
It's fun - sort of like an inspiring sports story except it's about food. His job interview is rather Great British Bake Off-like... or is it Iron Chef? There's Kawachi, the goofy sidekick, and Tsukino, the (one presumes eventual) love interest who's also technically Kazuma's boss. In the last chapter of this collection, we meet Matsushiro, the guru genius bakery manager. He's a bit of a mess. He'd be the Dennis Hopper character. Kazuma even has a baking superpower: unnaturally warm hands that give him an advantage in kneading dough.
On top of it all, the text is genuinely informative about bread.
I'm definitely up for more.