On January 31, 2018, the first issue of a new comic series titled “Hungry Ghosts” from Anthony Bourdain will be launched.
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 17, 2017
Co-written by Joel Rose, “Hungry Ghosts” is set to be a limited four issue series under the new line of comics called Berger Books. Though the series seems brief, each issue will feature a number of separate stories. It’s a unique structure, but, as Vulture explains, Bourdain has his reasons:
The series will be a riff on the Japanese Edo-period game 100 Candles, in which samurai would try to one-up each other with stories to freak each other out. Here, the tellers won’t be samurai; they’ll be chefs from around the world, and their stories will be united by their focus on food.
Switching samurais with chefs might give us some clue as to the tone Bourdain is trying to strike. Hopefully we can expect some of his signature dry humor and wry observations.
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Bourdain may be best known for his TV shows, but he’s no stranger to the book world. His bestselling “Kitchen Confidential” came out in 2000 and helped launch Bourdain’s television career. His first foray into the world of comics was 2012’s “Get Jiro!”
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