What's Hot
What's Going On


Search thousands of events in our database.


Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.


Search hundreds of clubs in our database.


OW on Twitter
OW on Facebook
Print Email

Arts & CUlture

New culinary comics from Anthony Bourdain and Amanda Cohen

The graphic novelization of everything continues with frame-by-frame food writing.

Photo: , License: N/A

Bourdain's Get Jiro

More culinary comix

One could point to the long-running manga Oishinbo as the source of the trend; it's been published in Japan since 1983 (107 volumes and counting). Each book highlights one essential dish or technique (sashimi, gyoza, etc.), spinning an adventure narrative that somehow turns on the mastery of said dish. Between 2009 and 2010, Viz Media published seven English-language compilation volumes.

The Drops of God is another manga series, this one launched in Japan in 2004 and published in English translation starting in 2009 by Vertical Inc. The protagonist, the teetotal son of a famous wine critic, is ordered in his father's will to find 13 wines … so the plot is your basic multi-volume adventure series, but critics and wine enthusiasts from the New York Times to Wine Enthusiast have given Drops of God rapturous reviews for its soil-to-glass evocation of the grape.

Sara Varon's Bake Sale (First Second, 2011) is simplistic and very, very cute – suitable for young readers or Zooey Deschanel fans. It's a fairly basic story of baking and friendship starring Cupcake, a … well, cupcake who owns a bakery, and his friends Eggplant, Avocado and Brown Egg. It also bucks Dirt Candy's claim to be the first graphic cookbook; simple recipes are part of the book, and unlike Dirt Candy, they are in comic form.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus