All you have to do is read Anthony Bourdain’s surly chef memoir Kitchen Confidential for a window into how grotesque the inner workings of the food world can be. The book is also proof that everyone’s favorite eater of warthog anus really knows how to turn a phrase.
It’s with great joy that we report Bourdain’s return to the written word. The Parts Unknown host will take a break from his televised global quest for authenticity to write a comic book about chefs who freak each other out by regaling one another with food-related horror stories. It’s called Hungry Ghosts and it’s due out next year as part of Berger Books, a new line of comic books from Karen Berger, who helped create DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint back in 1993.
But if you think that Bourdain will be writing about well done steaks and rubbery octopus, you’re sorely mistaken. Bourdain is a man of extremes, and Hungry Ghosts will likely reflect the darker aspects of his personality. It will also draw inspiration from “the Japanese Edo-period game 100 Candles, in which samurai would try to one-up each other with stories to freak each other out,” Vulture reports
This isn’t the first time Bourdain has dabbled in the genre. In 2012, he wrote the graphic novel Get Jiro!, which depicted an ultra-violent future L.A. where sushi chef’s rule the streets like ruthless crime lords. The prequel, 2015’s Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi was equally acclaimed. On Hungry Ghosts Bourdain is reteaming with his Jiro co-writer Joel Rose, so expect more of the same bloody deliciousness this time around.
Hungry Ghosts will be available on January 31.