|Get Jiro -- Bourdain writes a comic.|
Enter Get Jiro (Vertigo, $24.99). This hardcover graphic novel (comic book) has Bourdain collaborating with author Joel Rose and DC Comics illustrator Langdon Foss to create the story of a futuristic Los Angeles.
In Bourdain's mind, we've become "A world dominated by food culture. Little else is going on. Sports, film, the recording industry have all fragmented and died. The nation is in the business of producing and selling each other cheeseburgers. Chefs are the new power. All desire is based on access to them."
In this new vision of the apocalypse, Los Angeles is ruled by two chef warlords with two very different philosophies. Bob is the giant corporate chef, trained in classic French culinary techniques. He's out for a buck. Rose is the mother earth type -- who just happens to feed her enemies to her free-range pigs. Her restaurant, The Farm, is all about organic farm-to-table cuisine. Both are really bad people.