Magic Ramen

By Andrea Wang, Kana Urbanowicz (illustrator),

Book cover of Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando

Book description

Inspiration struck when Momofuku Ando spotted the long lines for a simple bowl of ramen following World War II. Magic Ramen tells the true story behind the creation of one of the world's most popular foods.

Every day, Momofuku Ando would retire to his lab--a little shed in his backyard.…

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This is one of my favorite “solutionary stories.” It’s about an ordinary man who saw poverty all around him in the aftermath of World War II in Japan and wanted to do something to help his hungry, suffering neighbors. So, he got to work, using his own unique skills, persevering through many failures, to invent an inexpensive, convenient food that could feed many people: dried ramen noodles. This book is about so much more than the origin of this now ubiquitous food; it’s about caring for others in need by tapping into our own special talents and finding a way.

Who doesn’t love ramen noodles?! Yum! This book tells the story of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen noodle soup. When Ando saw long food lines after World War II, he was determined to find a way to make noodles that were quick and convenient. Believing that “peace follows from a full stomach,” he persevered at creating a noodle recipe that has become one of the world’s most popular and easy to prepare foods.

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