I was a comic book geek when I was a teenager, and worked in a comic book store for a few years. I cut my teeth on Frank Miller's Daredevil, and Alan Moore's Watchmen and Scott McCloud's Zot! still move me.
*Just...don't ask me about the movies. I'm trying to pretend they don't exist.
I love storytelling that combines pictures and words, and I'm excited to share these graphic novels with cooking themes.
Relish: My Life In the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Ms. Knisley's autobiography is a full of the joy of growing up in a foodie family, with illustrated recipes after every chapter.
Also by Lucy Knisley: French Milk. If you love Paris as much as I love Paris, this book is for you. It's less cooking centered - a travelogue about a trip in her early 20's to Paris with her mother. If you enjoy Relish, you'll enjoy French Milk, and seeing the characters through Lucy's younger eyes.
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard: Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef by Christophe Blain
An artist spends three years shadowing the chef of a Michelin three star restaurant. This book is a view inside a high end professional kitchen, showing how the chef thinks about food.
Oishinbo by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
Japanese manga about a gifted food lover and his quest to promote traditional Japanese cuisine. Each story is a lesson about a different element of Japanese cooking - how to cut sushi, how to make dashi, how to find good sake. It's ethnocentric, cheesy, and beats you over the head at times...but I'm through volume 3, and can't wait to get the rest of the series.
[Special thanks to Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo by Matthew Amster-Burton, for turning me on to this series.]
ICYMI: Graphic novels I've mentioned before
- Get Jiro! is Tony Bourdain's rewrites A Fistful of Dollars as a food novel. Ultra-violent and wickedly funny.
- Drops of God by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto. Another Manga series, this one about wine. Unfortunately, the American translation only has the first four episodes, then jumps ahead to New World wines.
What do you think?
Any graphic novels about food that I missed? Let us know in the comments section, below.
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Also 2 other graphic novels I know of:
'Chew' by John Layman
'Starve' by Brian Wood