Monday, August 8, 2016

Get Jiro! Blood and Sushi by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Alé Garza

Get Jiro!
Blood & Sushi
by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Alé Garza

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Published: 2015
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: Graphic Novel, Food, Japan
Hardback: 160 pages
Rating: 4

Series:
Get Jiro
Get Jiro! Blood and Sushi

Acclaimed chef, writer and television personality, Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose (Kill The Poor) return for the follow-up to their #1 New York Times bestseller GET JIRO from Vertigo.

In GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI, Bourdain and Rose examine the origins of the mysterious Jiro and what made him into the chef he has become. Born the heir to a Yakuza crime family, Jiro never longed to travel the criminal path laid out before him, but instead chose to secretly study the rich culinary history of his homeland, something that would have significant repercussions if discovered by his gangster father.

As Jiro's interest in the culinary arts deepens, his ability to keep his artistic and criminal worlds separate becomes too great, triggering a great personal loss that will forever change Jiro's path.


My two-bits:

Although I did not read the first in this series, I enjoyed this backstory.

Nice combo of food (Japanese and Italian), yakuza and a rebellious protagonist.

I liked the artwork and the incorporation of tattoo art. Got the vibe of a fast-paced Japanese pulp story. The bit of romance was a good dosage as well.

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