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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About the Author
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.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:June 25, 1956
Date of Death:June 8, 2018
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Haut-Rhin, France
Education:High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978
Q&A with Anthony Bourdain
1.) What made you decide to write a graphic novel? Were you always a fan of the medium and had this story on your mind for a while?
Anthony Bourdain: I've been a comics fan since childhood—when I was a serious collector of early Marvels (1960s, MAD, horror comics—later began collecting EC's, a few Golden Age, and late 60's West Coast Undergrounds). An early ambition was to be the next R. Crumb. Sadly, my illustration skills—while decent—were not up to anywhere near that standard. When Joel Rose brought the idea back up after an earlier discussion, I thought, "What red blooded American boy in his mid fifties wouldn't do a graphic novel if given the chance? Let's try! As long as we can do it right." The fact that Vertigo, very early on, was supportive of the kind of high quality art we were looking for made all the difference.
2.) How have your travels across the world informed this story? Did you draw inspiration from anything specific?
AB: Well, I clearly love Japan—and am obsessed with hyper-fetishistic, uncompromising old school style sushi, and due to my travels, have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time there. But the book reflects a lot of my food obsessions (funky classic brasserie/bistro) and prejudices. Travel changes you. It exposes you to things. My love of street food is certainly a product of my travels.
3.) Food culture as a whole has been a bit of a phenomenon in the media over the last few years, but not so much in comics. Was that part of your motivation for wanting to create Get Jiro?
AB: I think the explosion of interest in chefs and restaurants is certainly easy fodder for satire. But my motivation was really nothing more than to help tell a story that would be fun, extremely bloody, beautifully illustrated—and insanely detailed as to the specifics of cooking and eating. I'm a big fan of classic Japanese cinema, Hammett's RED HARVEST, spaghetti westerns and food—so these were obvious elements.
4). Your co-writer, Joel Rose, and artist Langdon Foss have both done comic work in the past. What was it like working with them, and how did their experience with creating comics help shape the book?
AB: Joel is the very first guy in the world to have ever published me—back when he ran the legendary Lower East Side literary magazine, Between C and D. He's a friend, whose books I admire enormously, who's been supportive—an even instrumental—in my career since the beginning, for over two decades. It surely helped that he also worked on some of the most influential graphic novels of the last decades and that he had previous relationships with Vertigo. Most importantly, he knows how to tell a story. I care less about that. I'm all about dialogue and atmospherics. I think we complement each other's work nicely. I hope so.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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