Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

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 gu...

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Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts Reviews

  • 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

    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 blog, which you can access via this link:

  • 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

    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 courage, because the candle room would grow darker and darker as the candles were blown out, creating a creepy atmosphere some believed appropriate for the summoning of the various spirits the tales they were sharing were about. Bourdain’s spin on it is a little different: a Russian crime boss hosts a magnificent dinner, and after the meal is done, he invites the cooks to participate in this game of the hundred candles. The cooks will share scary stories, which are reimaginings of classic Japanese horror stories that all share the theme of food. Or at least, eating.

    The stories he picked are not terribly frightening, at least not to me; but having read a few Zen folktales, I wasn’t surprised to find most of them contained more or less subtle moral lessons against behaviours like greed, breaking one’s promise, etc. But even if they didn’t spook me, I still enjoyed every story: the artwork is different for each, giving them all a unique style.

    This was Bourdain’s last book project before he died, and this collected edition of the four issues is dedicated to his memory. I would not say it was his best work, but it has his unmistakable style all over it, and if you enjoyed “Get Jiro!” (

    ), you will probably like a lot as well.

  • 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!

  • Lauren

    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 -

    "

    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 -

    "Kaidan", the game of 100 ghost stories. He invites the chefs to play along as storytellers.

    Each story is intended to be more macabre and terrifying than the last. As the storyteller finishes, they blow out a candle, making the room darker with each passing story... Until it is pitch black.

    The sections (scroll to see some of the art from the stories!) are various themes, all include yokai, the catch-all Japanese name for ghosts & goblins. Each story has a larger theme of food, or eating - signature Bourdain.

    A little unsettling, but not terribly horrific, the stories border more on grotesque and eerie. Artwork is different for each one, adding even more flavor. My faves were "The Pirates", "Snow Woman", and "The Heads".

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    th

    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

    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

    that threw things into relief for me.

    It's the old trope of "hurting people hurt people." Like Roseanne Barr, Bourdain was a deeply ill person who lashed out at others to mask his own pain.

    Bourdain's tragic death and the revelation of his mental illness and addiction problems doesn't erase the suffering he caused animals. Nor does it negate the hurtful things he said about those of us whose values he disagreed with, especially damaging if the listener happened to be a depression sufferer themselves. But now I just feel sad for him, not angry.

    Still not going to read any of his books or watch his shows, though. I'm not

    much of a glutton for punishment.

    But on to HUNGRY GHOSTS. This is a comic collection featuring horror stories from Japan, home to some of the strangest and scariest ghouls and goblins of any folklore traditions. While the monsters were definitely scary, I felt the stories were just too short to build up any real tension. Many of the comics fall back on gore and body horror, so if that isn't your thing--beware. Interestingly given Bourdain's values, two of the stories involve nonhuman creatures (one real, one fantastical) taking revenge on the people who have eaten them.

    The artwork is pretty incredible, even when the scenes being depicted are quite ugly. I think I actually may have liked the end pages, which depict and explain several bizarre ghosts and monsters of Japanese legend, as much or more than the book itself.

  • R.

    What could have been a fun

    style romp is hampered by artwork a bit too serious for the, ha ha,

    . And shitty continuity that would shame the archivists and editors and cosplayers of

    . 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

    What could have been a fun

    style romp is hampered by artwork a bit too serious for the, ha ha,

    . And shitty continuity that would shame the archivists and editors and cosplayers of

    . 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 the moral, of the final story. I mean, I know this sounds ridiculous in this day, this age, but Anthony's sad real-life suicide (or "suicide"), takes on the patina of a classic horror story twist ending (with a twist ending) worthy of the Cryptkeeper when viewed, when considered, when focused, through the lens of the classic EC Comics of yore.

  • 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 candles and after each person told a scary story t

    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 they were to extinguish one candle. Except they moved rooms and characters disappeared and the candles kept multiplying???

    We have the chefs go into this room with the candles alone without the rich dudes (the characters are divided into the richies and the chefs who just cooked their 5-star dinner), but the whole conceit was that you sit together and one at a time extinguish a candle, chefs and rich dudes alike. I seriously went back to the beginning several times because I was like, am I missing something?

    It was a genuinely terrifying concept that was executed poorly. A group of people from different worlds, summoned by a mysterious and eccentric millionaire, is convinced to play an ancient samurai game where 100 candles are lit and everyone has to go around telling a scary story and extinguish one candle until all the candles are out and a demon is summoned. That's a genuinely awesome story!

    But this isn't that story.

  • dg

    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.

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