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Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

(Hungry Ghosts #1-4)

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Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the best selling author and veteran chef, Anthony Bourdain ( Kitchen Confidential , Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown ) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose ( Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster ) back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro !.

Featuring all-new original recipes prepared by Bourdain, plus a gu
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Berger Books
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
I always admire a successful person who crosses over into another field. Anthony Bourdain does a fantastic job of talking his first passion (cooking) and weaving horrific tales around what we consume. I truly believe that if he were still with us he would have gotten better and better at this type of storytelling - which makes me sad all over again that he is gone - (very adult nature).
Gabrielle
Anthony Bourdain loved creepy stories, and he was very fond of Japanese culture, and “Hungry Ghosts” is his take on an old Edo-period Japanese parlor game. In the original context, guests would gather at night to tell each other folk tales and ghost stories; in the adjoining room they would light one hundred candles and set a small mirror on a table. After each story, the story-teller would go to the candle room to blow out one flame and look into the mirror. The game was considered a test of co ...more
Lauren
Hungry Ghosts: Tales of Fear and Food from Around the World was Anthony Bourdain's last work before his death in June 2018.

Bourdain, an admirer of Japanese folklore as well as graphic novels/comics, worked with several artists to compile Hungry Ghosts.They were released as single issues, but I read the book form, which includes all 9 stories.

The scene is set with a Russian oligarch-type figure who hosts a dinner party, and wants to end the evening with a parlor game - hyakumonogatari kaidankai "
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Michael Jandrok
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anthony Bourdain was always one of my favorites of the “celebrity chef” crowd. Bourdain was that rare character who could produce something beyond the scope of a mere cooking show. The man wrote books, both nonfiction and fiction. His forays into television produced “Parts Unknown,” one of the most iconic shows about food and food culture of all time. Bourdain taught us that food could be one of the true conduits to a better understanding of other cultures. Andrew Zimmern covers a bit of the sam ...more
Stewart Tame
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a crying shame that Bourdain’s death means that we won't get to see this side of him come out to play again. I’ve been a fan of the man and his work for many years, but I had no idea he was such an aficionado of Japanese ghost stories.

Hungry Ghosts is inspired in equal parts by the classic EC horror titles, and the even more classic Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai. A group of chefs trade ghost stories in an attempt to outscare each other, and each tale is illustrated by a different artist. It's a
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Peacegal
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm starting this review by saying that I have changed my mind about Anthony Bourdain (sort of) in the wake of his untimely death.

I used to hate the guy. His obnoxiousness to the animal world...ok, most people eat meat, I get that. But most people don't revel in eating endangered species, either. But it was his detestable comments about vegans, such as saying that we should kill ourselves, that tipped my opinion of him into loathing. Then, after Bourdain's suicide, I watched a YouTube video th
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David Schaafsma
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, gn-horror
Most people who knew Anthony Bourdain’s long run as celebrity chef would not be surprised to know he was in love with Japanese food and culture. What is surprising to me is that he had an interest in pre-Comics Code EC horror comix, and was a fan in particular of Japanese yokai (or monsters, ghosts and other supernatural creatures). In Hungry Ghosts Bourdain and his co-writer Joel Rose create a frame to tell some creepy stories: Some Russian guy hosts a dinner party, hiring several master chefs ...more
Michelle
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!Alot of work and research went into this book.I loved it for its creativity,entertainment, are and historical integrity.A rare jem to hold in your hands.Even better to read and devour.The ribbon as a bookmark is classy and an awesome plus.
Elspeth
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-2018
Oh mannnnn I really wanted to love this. It could have been perfect. I don't know if it was a short production schedule or what but the transitions between issues just did not make sense. First it's these rich guys doing this ritual and I'm thinking damnnn this is going to backfire on them but then in the next few issues the rich dudes are not even there?

They explained at the beginning that everyone was to sit together in one room and light 100 candles and after each person told a scary story t
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Simon
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An inventive set of tales that features all the tastiness of modern comics art (Francavilla and Pope and Santaluoco, oh my) but lacks a bit of substance. The stories, as is tradition in anthologies, vary in quality, which means some issues are half-full of great stuff and half-full of, erm, the rest. Still, a very worthy dish for fans of the horror genre.
Sunny
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by a comic that integrated Japanese folk horror with cooking. Plus, I wanted to read something that may inspire me to try cooking different dishes.
Gory images mixed with storytelling--graphic imagery and a taste of some of the Japanese folk tale (one I have to confess I heard many times) but not so great for stimulating the appetite or encouraging one to cook. Nevertheless, it did a good job of introducing horror stories in relationship with food.
Alex
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Anthony Bourdain's writing and mourn the loss of his voice. Unlike his other writings i don't hear his voice in my head when I read it, but I love that he worked in comics. His sensibilities still come through. I look forward to picking up the other issues
Colona Public Library
Horror book? Check! Has Yokai? Check! Graphic novel? Check!
It had a so many things going for it for me and it just missed it's mark. Maybe because the short stories were not long enough to get me fully invested. I can not put my finger on it exactly. My favorite story out of all of them was the "Salty Horses". Nice, creepy, and the horses reminded me more of a nightmare than a yokai. Still this is short so give this a try! ~Ashley

Doria
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightfully creepy selection of stories drawn directly from Japanese traditional tales, with appropriately brilliant and lurid illustrations. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. The stories are accompanied by several luscious and elaborate Bourdain recipes which tie in rather wickedly to the stories. However, I found it difficult to contemplate cooking and eating directly after reading this graphic novel!
Michael J.
I read this in single issues, published January through April 2018.
I highly recommend the collected edition once it is published (October schedule).
I'm already missing the observational skills and honesty of Anthony Bourdain. He wasn't perfect but he was genuine. Those properties are reflected in his comics work as well.
This is a clever anthology of food-themed horror stories taken from Japanese mythology and placed in various global settings.
I wrote an extended review of these issues on my blo
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Yves Loomans
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Japanese Ghosts, Food, Great Artists (Pope, Ponticelli, Manco, Francavilla) and Karen Berger. Already the anthology book of the year?

—- While reading this I learned about the dead of Anthony Bourdain, co-creator of this book. A lot of us Europeans might not now him but this American masterchef, well esteemed tv host, world traveler and all around nice guy was a very talented writer and huge star in America.
He took his life in a hostel in Paris at the age of 61.
May his spirit rest in peace. —-
Glen U
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a homage to Anthony Bourdain, there can be no finer one than this. It incorporates his love of food, graphic novels and Japanese culture, all in one. The artwork is excellent, the creativity is superb and the spirit of the Edo era storytelling game among the Samurai is engrossing. The stories are a mixed bag, as some are too contrived trying to fit into the food theme while others are sublime in their adherence to the horror genre while incorporating the culinary aspect into the tale. A thoro ...more
Vicki
General warning: this graphic novel is not for the faint of heart. It's, well, graphic. Basically, don't read it where children might accidentally read over your shoulder, that was my mistake when I tried to read it at lunch!

These comics are basically a retelling and/or a re-envisioning of Japanese horror stories and folklore. Many of the retellings don't happen in Japan, but the spirit of the tales remain intact, which is key. Most of the tales have a moral, though some you may have to squint
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Glenn
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Delightfully Disgusting. Didn't expect this from Mr. Bourdain. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have been able to get through this book. It has some really gross stuff in it. REALLY gross. But thanks to Game of Thrones making the eating of raw horse hearts the stuff of TV, I can handle just about anything now. Think EC Comics meets the explicit grossness of HBO and recent horror films and you'll get this. I really enjoyed it. Your taste may surely vary. Paul Pope's art is especially good (as alw ...more
Kenny
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fitting tribute to Tony B.
R.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Terrifying Tales Served Too Soon with a side of Mashed Pota-toes and Grave-y
What could have been a fun Vault of Horror style romp is hampered by artwork a bit too serious for the, ha ha, undertaking. And shitty continuity that would shame the archivists and editors and cosplayers of Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy. And, overall, the entire project is, for my tastes, made creepy in a very un-fun way by the looming shadow of Bourdain's untimely demise - especially when you read the warning, heed t
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Charlene Nelson
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fine collection of scary stories that made for interesting reading. The fact that the late Anthony Bourdain had the foresight to put these stories together in one place made them accessable to all to read. The graphics are terrific and each story has an underlying theme, that of food. This book is able to say things with the graphics that one wouldn't say otherwise. One of the most unique things is in the back of the book there are some great recipes. But then considering that the late An ...more
Richelle Priscilla
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Man this graphic novel was wild and more than gruesome but it was a fun time. I enjoyed the art and the different stories. I gasped a bit, said ewww a lot and chuckled more than once. I learned a thing or two about different types of ghosts and best believe I’ll be trying the recipes they included at the end. Maybe some of the writing was a bit choppy at times and it’s certainly not the best compilation of stories I’ve ever read but overall, I’d read this again because it was enjoyable, interest ...more
Paolo
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Part ghost story, part recipe book and part monster encyclopedia, this book is a tribute and collaboration with the late chef and food author Anthony Bourdain, who apparently really loved Japanese food. The conceit of the comic is based on a Japanese storytelling tradition and has some pretty neat, if a little short, stories about some Japanese yokai, illustrated by some heavy hitters in the comic scene, including the artist for the Legend of Korea comics!
Cora Pop
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Japan, its culture, and most of all its ghost stories.
This book has amazing graphics and grotesquely horrifying stories of Japan's ghosts, though they are not fully formed, they feel more like vignettes. I liked "The Pirates" and "The Snow Woman" most.
However, after all the carnage in the stories, I simply couldn't read the recipes included at the end of the book, not even the one for Saffron Risotto.
I had heard of Anthony Bourdain, even before his tragic death this summer, but wasn't fa
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dg
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
great illustrations, nonsensical stories. there were two stories that were just about rape and there were also two stories just about pulling something out of a guys ass. why???

a banquet for hungry ghosts by ying chang compestine did it a lot better, and had more recipes/explanation for stories/scary stuff.
Kirsten
I didn’t love this as much as I wanted to. There’s some great horror artwork, and the stories are ably told, but it was often kind of difficult to discern what exactly was happening, particularly at the end of some of the stories.
Travis Duke
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) A beautiful collection of short stories. I must admit I have a soft spot for Tony B, I am a huge fan and I even got to meet him once so I was eager to read this since I am a graphic novel fan. The writing is straightforward dealing with Japanese folk lore with a setting of a dinner party who decide to tell classic japanese horror stories about food. The artwork is beautiful and the story builds to a good climax. I actually might buy this because it is a very beautiful book especially ...more
Evie
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my absolutely favorite books of the year! This collection is full of many of my loves: horror, food, comics, and mythology. Anthony Bourdain was a brilliant writer, even while being outside of his element. Plus, as an extra, there are a few of his recipes in the back of the book. I am incredibly sad he was in such pain, and that we won't be seeing more of his work.
Darnell
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Didn't work for me. It's the usual stories within a frame story setup, but the individual stories are all very short and don't have much impact. Some fantastically creepy art in places, though.
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Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour.

His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he was a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He was the host of the popular Emmy and Peabody Award winning television show Parts Unknown.

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Hungry Ghosts (4 books)
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