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Get Jiro!
     

Get Jiro!

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by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Langdon Foss (Illustrator)
 

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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.

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"'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

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Almost a modern-day version of the 1961 Kurosawa film Yojimbo, this is the story of a humble sushi chef who enters a Los Angeles in which the restaurateurs are crime lords waging a war of ideals: exotic cuisine vs. organic, farm-to-table fare. Cowritten by celebrity chef Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential) and journalist and novelist Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster), this beautifully drawn send-up of foodie culture stars the ultimate lone hero determined to stand his ground. (LJ 7/12)
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401228286
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
119,681
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(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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Get Jiro! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ZeroBXU More than 1 year ago
I have no idea how to categorize this. "Foodie sci-fi"? If you like Anthony Bourdain, graphic novels, science fiction, "Iron Chef", "No Reservations", or any combination of two or more of those things; you'll probably enjoy this. Clever, colorfully illustrated, a little weird. It also has the most well-drawn food ever to grace a graphic novel (although I'm not sure how much competition there was beforehand). This is unique and worth checking out.
aalcantarg More than 1 year ago
This book is something between Bladerunner and Kitchen Nightmares! It's so deep yet funny at the same time and I (who is in the restaurant trade) can attest to - it's a phenomenal twist on the kitchen centric world!
mpsarch More than 1 year ago
Crazy entertainment!
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Graphic Novel Review (ARC) by Chris for Book Sake 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