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Get Jiro!

Get Jiro!

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by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Langdon Foss
     
 

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New York Times Bestseller

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

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New York Times Bestseller

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!

Anthony Bourdain, top chef, acclaimed writer (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and star of the hit travel show, No Reservations, co-writes with Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird) this stylized send-up of food culture and society, with detailed and dynamic art by Langdon Foss.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Chef Jiro wants nothing more than to serve traditionally crafted sushi to humble and respectful diners. But his extraordinary skills eventually attract the wrong kind of attention when the heads of two cutthroat rival food empires, one that embodies the epicurean ideal and the other obsessed with all things local and homegrown, begin to vie for his services. What’s an ex-yakuza enforcer turned sushi chef to do, ask culinary expert and author Bourdain (Medium Raw) and co-writer Joel Rose (La Pacifica) in this boisterous lampooning of food culture, a pet project for Bourdain, who seems to revel in the unrestrained narrative allowed in a comic book. Their answer will be enjoyable to anyone versed in samurai revenge stories or the films of Sam Peckinpah, but may turn off readers looking for a less bloody and derivative outcome. The book’s saving grace is the wonderfully clean and detailed art by an all-star team of artists led by illustrator Foss, whose meticulously researched and composed visuals mirror Jiro’s precision with a knife and produce equally appetizing results. (July)
Library Journal
In the futuristic Los Angeles presented in celebrity chef Bourdain's first graphic novel, food culture rules all social life, copping to corporate honchos. People even sing about food at karaoke bars. Two reigning culinary empires control the town like mafia, and both want new-in-town sushi chef Jiro on their team. But Jiro has his own plans and prevails by cleverly pitting both sides against each other, snotty international omnivores vs. holistic purists. This simple plot gets plenty of moxie out of details swiped from fight manga, kung-fu films, gourmet trivia, and food-service culture. Jiro doesn't just slice-and-dice tuna but also yahoo customers who order California rolls. Hit men have salt and pepper shakers tattooed on their arms. And references to ortolans, elvers, pho, or boudain may send you right to the web. VERDICT World building carried to delicious extremes makes this one a gourmet delight. Art and coloring come off exactly right: detailed, hyper, and rather grimy—like a restaurant kitchen after a long, overworked evening—and Foss's skill at subtle facial expressions is extraordinary. Recommended for foodies, Bourdain fans, and devotees of Layman and Guillory's Chew.
From the Publisher
"'Get Jiro!'" unfolds in a dystopian version of Los Angeles where today's (mostly) polite and academic discussions about food have evolved into grisly gastronomic feuds.... In some ways, "Get Jiro!" represents a coming-full-circle thing for Mr. Bourdain."—The New York Times

"What's an ex-yakuza enforcer turned sushi chef to do, ask culinary expert and author Bourdain (Medium Raw) and co-writer Joel Rose (La Pacifica) in this boisterous lampooning of food culture, a pet project for Bourdain, who seems to revel in the unrestrained narrative allowed in a comic book. Their answer will be enjoyable to anyone versed in samurai revenge stories or the films of Sam Peckinpah.... The book's saving grace is the wonderfully clean and detailed art by an all-star team of artists led by illustrator Foss, whose meticulously researched and composed visuals mirror Jiro's precision with a knife and produce equally appetizing results."—Publishers Weekly

"Bourdain...promised 'an ultra-violent slaughter-fest over culinary arcane,' and he delivers pretty much exactly that....Bourdain let's his foodie id run wild, extolling the elegant simplicity of a peasant dish like pot-au-feu here and caving in skulls with sauté pans there.  Foss' stubby, dough-faced figures walk a fine line between goofy and thuggish, and fall apart with great ickiness when dismembered. Equal parts blunt culinary opinion-mongering and satiric takedown of the very same chef-worship culture Bourdain helped create, this amusing diversion coasts comfortably in the wake of the standard bearer of gore-soaked foodie comics..."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401228279
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
912,227
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1956, Anthony Bourdain graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. He began running New York kitchens at restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan's. His extensive body of work has graced the pages of The Times, New York Times, Observer, the Face, and Scotland on Sunday. He is an ongoing contributor and authority for Food Arts magazine. Bourdain's fictional works include two crime novels - 1997's Gone Bamboo and Bone in the Throat in 1995. His book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly was a bestseller, with an updated edition published in 2007. In 2002, the Food Network debuted what would become a twenty-two episode series featuring Bourdain circling the globe and feeding his adventure eating habit with the most extreme cuisine the world had to offer. The inspired bestselling book, A Cook's Tour In Search of the Perfect Meal, met with huge success in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Joel Rose's most recent novel is The Blackest Bird, which has been translated into 13 languages. Previous books include Kill the Poor, Kill Kill Faster Faster (both of which have been made into films), and New York Sawed in Half. For DC Comics, he wrote the graphic novels LA PACIFICA and THE BIG BOOK OF THUGS.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1956
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978
Website:
http://www.anthonybourdain.com/

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