Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

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 guide to the ghostly ...

Details Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

TitleAnthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBerger Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Comics, Fiction, Fantasy, Food and Drink, Food, Short Stories

Reviews Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

  • 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).
  • 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 evenin...
  • 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...
  • Michael Jandrok
    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...
  • Stewart Tame
    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 ...
  • David Schaafsma
    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 gu...
  • Peacegal
    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...
  • Elspeth
    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 ...
  • Dan
    This was very disappointing....
  • Rod Brown
    The late Anthony Bourdain and collaborator Joel Rose adapt some food-related horror stories from Japan and a few other places around the world. Mostly they go for a heavy-handed Tales from the Crypt vibe, complete with gross-out endings. The stories have all the subtlety of a Michael Fleisher Spectre script without the, um, quirky charm. It's all a bit too mean-spirited at base.
  • Michelle
    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.
  • Melki
    This is a collection of food-based horror stories, reminiscent of old issues of Creepy or Eerie. The art is bloody and gory, but sadly . . . sigh . . . none of the tales are very suspenseful, or scary. No goosebumps. Just horseflesh. Lots and lots of horseflesh.
  • 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 ...
  • Simon
    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.
  • 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
  • Sunny
    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 relat...
  • Alex
    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
  • Doria
    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!
  • Yves Loomans
    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 ...
  • Glen U
    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 incorp...
  • 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...
  • Kerfe
    A graphic book of short stories, all involving food and Japanese ghostly spirits. The stories are not that frightening and the art is not that inspired. There are recipes as well.One story, "Deep", very relevant in this era of #MeToo, exposes the cruelty in the apprenticeship system of the culinary world. I'm sure the setting could easily be replaced by any location where people wield power over others to demean whoever is below them in rank. It'...
  • Glenn
    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 surel...
  • Molli B.
    This was a weird one.The art is excellent, truly. Top notch. And the little "ghost" stories are creepy as hell (some of them). Some of the art is truly disturbing. Creepy. There's a cool section at the back that tells a bit more about all of the various spirits that are in the stories.So what's weird? I think the stories were a bit too short to have the kind of emotional impact they could have had if they were longer. And some of the stories were...
  • Kenny
    A fitting tribute to Tony B.
  • Cora Pop
    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 ...
  • R.
    Terrifying Tales Served Too Soon with a side of Mashed Pota-toes and Grave-yWhat 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 dem...
  • Charlene Nelson
    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 gr...
  • Richelle Priscilla
    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...
  • Paolo
    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 Kor...