'Get Jiro!' : Anthony Bourdain Writes a Graphic Novel

June 26, 2012 5:46 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
Yes, you read that correctly. No, you aren't in a coma. Anthony Bourdain really has written a graphic novel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Celebrity chef and host of a highly watchable-cum-mildly disrespectful travel show, the bold, divisive Anthony Bourdain can now add another epithet to his resume: graphic novelist.

That's right: with his newest work, "Get Jiro!," which the chef-du-jour describes as "a violent, satirical vision of a chef-centric yet dystopic [sic] future... where gangs of marauding chefs slaughter each other over differences of culinary philosophy," Bourdain enters the same territory as Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller before him.

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To those that know to expect the unexpected from Mr. Bourdain, it is the spirit of the graphic novel, and not the venture itself, that will come as the greatest surprise. The hyper-violent satire of the cutthroat culinary world of Jiro!, in which the title character slices off a customer's head for ordering a California roll, seems better suited to Gordon Ramsey's misanthropic worldview rather than Bourdain's. In spite of the occasional jab at the organic/grass-fed/local food fads, all evidence points to the writer/chef's actually enjoying what he does.

We're excited to see what Bourdain serves up in the way of story here. The book goes on sale on July 3rd, and sees Langdon Foss doing pencils. If these two big names on the project aren't enough to get you salivating, we don't know what will.


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