There's a genre of fiction where a lone person living after the end of the world finds a wild dog, and through mutual respect form a bond, look out for each other, and provide companionship for each other.
In Giant Spider & Me, the person is 12 year old Nagi, the dog is an arachnid the size of a small car, and the bond is formed over food. The story itself is very sweet and relaxing - Asa, the titular spider, is very cute (even when they're shown being terrifying) and I kinda want an Asa of my own. And startlingly, it is a cooking manga, so in each chapter Nagi prepares a different dish, talking through it for anyone that might be listening as well as for the reader, and afterward an ingredient list for the recipe is displayed with a full-page splash of the finished dish.
Ultimately, it's the perfect read for a quiet, rainy day, and now I really want to try making pumpkin dumplings. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis