Cover image for Anthony Bourdain's hungry ghosts / written by Anthony Bourdain & Joel Rose ; color José Villarrubia ; letters Sal Cipriano.
Title:
Anthony Bourdain's hungry ghosts / written by Anthony Bourdain & Joel Rose ; color José Villarrubia ; letters Sal Cipriano.
Title Variants:
Hungry ghosts
ISBN:
9781506706696
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Berger Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
127 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
"This volume collects issues #1-4 of Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts."
Contents:
Kaidan / Alberto Ponticelli -- The starving skeleton / Alberto Ponticelli -- The pirates / Vanesa Del Rey -- Salty horse / Leonardo Manco -- The heads / Mateus Santolouco -- Deep / Sebastian Cabrol -- Boil in the belly / Paul Pope -- The snow woman / Irene Koh -- The cow head / Francesco Francavilla.
Abstract:
"On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food."-- Provided by publisher.
Audience/Reading Level:
Mature readers.

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Summary

Summary

On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles - where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings - and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.


Author Notes

Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City on June 25, 1956. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978. He wrote numerous nonfiction books including Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, The Nasty Bits, A Cook's Tour, No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, Medium Raw, and Appetites: A Cookbook. He also wrote several works of fiction including the graphic novel Get Jiro! and the comic Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts. He was the host of several television shows including A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown. He committed suicide on June 8, 2018 at the age of 61.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Structured as an old-fashioned Tales from the Crypt-style horror anthology, complete with a frame story and ghoulish host, the twist to Bourdain's slim, last known comics work is that these offerings are all food-themed-and all variations on yarns from Kwaidan, Lafcadio Hearn's collection of traditional Japanese ghost lore. The spooks include a hungry ghost from Buddhist belief, a ravenous sea monster, an insatiable mouth that appears on a man's body, and a yuki-onna (snow woman). Each piece is drawn by a different artist, including such comics luminaries as Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, and Paul Pope. Never seeming sure of how seriously it wants to take itself, the compendium intersperses solemn retellings of folklore and snarling horror art with occasional tongue-in-cheek (and delightful) lines like "I will strip you, devour you like an artichoke in season!" But as each selection clocks in at around 12 pages, there's not much space to develop deeper narrative, and, though the art is generally solid, some of the artists struggle to create an eerie atmosphere. The best part is the recipe section in the back, in which Bourdain offers dishes themed to each tale. Alas, while there's rich potential in food horror, the brew here tastes like a clever idea that could have been better executed. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

While better known as a memoirist (Kitchen Confidential) and TV host (Parts Unknown), Bourdain also scripted several graphic novels before his tragic death earlier this year. Here, with coauthor Rose (both, Get Jiro!) and a cadre of talented illustrators, he presents nine short tales of demonic possession and vengeful ghosts culled from folktales around the world. A restaurant worker rushing home is punished after refusing a beggar's plea for charity, a crew of pirates planning to violate a beautiful castaway meet grisly ends, an insatiable craving for horseflesh leads to a rich man's downfall. Bourdain fans hoping for a final taste of his passion for exotic locales and an inside view of the culinary world will find much to embrace, but what stands out most are the creators' disgust with anyone who might abuse a position of power or privilege to feed their own appetites. -VERDICT Sometimes spooky, sometimes gritty, thoroughly satisfying.-TB © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.