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Posted July 5, 2012
Politically Violent, Definitely Bourdain
Graphic Novel Review (ARC) by Chris for Book SakeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So I guess Anthony Bourdain is a food snob and it really comes across in this book. People meet horrible deaths for not eating correctly. The food preaching is a little heavy handy. If we ignore that what we have is a well illustrated story about a rock and a hard place mixed with some David and Goliath struggles.
The book is a bit on the violent side, maybe more then a bit. It kind of has the feel of a Tarantino or Rodriguez movie trying to be a Guy Ritchie movie. So if you are okay with being made to feel food stupid and think that bloody sushi is a tasty treat, this is a book for you.
Book Rating: 3/5
Graphic Novel Review (ARC) by Jessica for Book Sake
I freaking love sushi and I have watched a lot of Anthony Bourdain on television, so I was immediately attracted to reading Ger Jiro! The story started out being all about the food and the proper way to eat sushi, which I have learned from Bourdain’s No Reservations. Sushi is to be eaten with ones hands, not chopsticks. No dipping in soy sauce!! Granted, I don’t always follow either of those, but the point is – there is something educational here.
Then came the violence. I was cool with that too – I can totally see where this story came from just from watching No Reservations. His characters are exaggerated versions of chefs he has met along his travels. This is a great example of writing what you know.
Then came the political nature of the book. Ahh, yes, this is the Anthony Bourdain I can’t handle. If you love his show and love him for his snobby, snippy, better-than-thou attitude, you will love this. I for one only have bad words to say when he is talking smack about people. So, this portion left a bad taste in my mouth – but it was to be expected as he is once again writing what he knows.
I think this story is best for fans of Bourdain’s TV shows who also love the politically violent stories out there. All of the sides within the story have merit and are blown up to make it a stronger basis for the storyline. If anything – you will learn not to order a California Roll at a sushi restaurant with Anthony!
Book Rating: 3/5