Graphic Novels for Gourmands

Source: Flickr, illuminated_photography
Source: illuminated_photography, Flickr

Do you like graphic novels and food? Here are some fun reads about life in the kitchen, opening a new restaurant and solving crimes by eating.

In her mouth-watering memoir, Lucy Knisley shares charming tales and delightful drawings about growing up around chefs, food travel adventures and cooking. Each chapter is bookended with sumptuously drawn how-to guides for making a delectable shepard (fairey) pie, sushi rolls and huevos rancheros. Relish features Chicago's very own Blommer Chocolate Company and Fox and Obel, where Lucy worked as a cheesemonger.

Best known for his Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, Bryan Lee O'Malley brings you a talented young chef named Katie who runs a successful restaurant called Seconds. She wants to open a better one but her plans are halted when she comes across different obstacles like seeing her ex-boyfriend, encounters with a house spirit and magic mushrooms. Seconds is funny and enchanting. You might finish it in one sitting.

John Layman takes food connoisseurship to a new level in Chew. His award-winning series stars Tony Chu, a Cibopathic police detective who eats anything, including people, to get a psychic image of where something came from and when it was made. Find out the next menu our taste savant will chew on to solve crimes.

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