Those of you who have been reading this blog may know that two of my loves are books and food. So I’m always thrilled to find books that have to do with food, whether fictional or not. And what is even better than foodie books? Foodie comics!
Now first I have to clarify. This list does not include manga as I had previously put up a list of awesome cooking manga. Check that out for more great foodie reads.
Relish by Lucy Knisley
I am not a big Lucy Knisley fan although I have read most of her graphic novels (ironic perhaps). I love her cute drawing style and the colours she uses but she can get a bit too anxious and fret over minor things (case in point: An Age of License where she stresses out about a trip to Europe). But I really quite liked Relish, and even bought a copy for my sister! The best parts in Relish where the illustrated recipes. Now if only all cookbooks were that way!
Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley
You can’t get more foodie than this graphic novel with a chef as a main character and a restaurant setting. But this is Bryan Lee O’Malley so something strange happens, with some magical mushrooms no less. O’Malley’s manga-like art is always a fun read but this story has a slight melancholic tone to it.
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard – Christophe Blain, Alain Passard
The title is pretty self-explanatory! Davodeau, a comic artist, and respected winemaker Richard Leroy learn from each other. Even if you’re not much of an oenophile, this bande dessinée is a fun read as we learn about tending to vineyards, making wine, and about comics.
In a not-too-distant future L.A. where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurants, a bloody culinary war is raging.On one side, the Internationalists, who blend foods from all over the world into exotic delights. On the other, the “Vertical Farm,” who prepare nothing but organic, vegetarian, macrobiotic dishes. Into this maelstrom steps Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate patrons who dare request a California Roll, or who stir wasabi into their soy sauce. Both sides want Jiro to join their factions. Jiro, however has bigger ideas, and in the end, no chef may be left alive!
Once the world’s most famous chef, Gavin Cruikshank’s been in a self-imposed exile for years. His little foodie television program has since evolved into STARVE, an arena sport that pits chef against chef for the pleasure of their super-rich patrons. It’s a stain on a once-noble profession, and Chef Gavin is ready to go to war to stop it. Two things stand in his way: his arch rival Roman Algiers, and his adult daughter Angie, who probably just wants her dad back and acting normal.
Have I missed out your favourite foodie comic? Let me know!
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