Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Get Jiro by Anthony Bourdain
We would watch, and listen like our life depended on it, to Anthony Bourdain read the instructions to hemorrhoid cream. He rarely makes a misstep in his assessment of food, directing you to great local fare overseas, and makes poetry out of the foodie culture that is so popular with the kids these days. Fortunately he flirts with more literary works other than treatment to anal sores, and we therefore don't have to put ourselves through that. Stepping out of his literary box of editorial contributions to both periodicals and dailies and of course his ridiculously good TV show "No Reservations", Bourdain has written a comic book, which for us is marrying two loves. The best words we've read that both concisely hint at the plot lines and give a brief review are from Comic Bulletin, which says: "Get Jiro! is pretty good. It's a funny, violent little satire that mixes foodies and celebrity chef culture with Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (or Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, depending on how you look at it), and spices it up with obsessive sushi culture." Out July 3rd and fine book retailers everywhere.