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John Allison creates a comic cookbook in Bad Machinery

I woke up this morning to a breakthrough on my RSS reader. Bad Machinery cartoonist John Allison has defined for me a new kind of comic: a cookbook comic (or would it be comic cookbook?). Although not the first to do it, Allison’s most recent Bad Machinery strip boils it down (pardon the pun) into an easy-to-digest (pardon the other pun) form.

According to Allison, this was the first of a “prospective series” about cooking that “never came to pass.” Apparently, the cooking aspect of it took more time than the cartoonist expected. The plan for the series was for it to be a weekly strip with a different member of Shelley’s family doing the cooking every month.

But this brings to mind: Why isn’t there a comic cookbook? Bryan Lee O’Malley famously included a recipe inside the pages of Scott Pilgrim, and Japan has a cornucopia of comics about food, but they only outline specific recipes in rare occasions. It’d be an inventive way to get past the sometimes droll directions cookbooks have, but it’d take a unique mind that’s good at both cartooning and explaining how to cook. If nothing else, how about a comic cookbook anthology? I’d love to read a comic by John Romita Jr. telling me how to make a mean ham sandwich.

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I also thought the Bad Machinery strip today was great. Cheap Thrills Cuisine isn’t nearly as clever, but it’s a recipe strip that’s been around a long time.

http://www.gocomics.com/cheap-thrills-cuisine

Actually, there is a comics cookbook, and the proceeds go to food banks in North America.

http://webcomiccookbook.org

John Allison’s new cooking comics look terrific, I really like that his approach of combining story and recipe together, not unlike what Bryan Lee O’Malley did in Scott Pilgrim a few years back.

But he’s not the only one!

I drew a comic cookbook/ memoir, written by chef Amanda Cohen – it comes out in August!
http://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Candy-Flavor-Forward-Vegetarian-Restaurant/dp/0307952177

There’s also Alisa Harris’ Cooking Up Comics: http://cookingupcomics.com/

Doreen Marts has one aimed at kids that just hit the shelves, sporting some BEAUTIFUL artwork:
http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Peasy-Recipes-Snacks-Treats-Make/dp/0762444436

Lucy Knisley has a comic cookbook coming out from First Second (can’t recall the title at the moment).

Savuer features comic recipes fairly regularly too – including many from Ms Knisley.

They’re everywhere!

And best of all – they all look AWESOME!!!

Just discovered another one!
http://www.theydrawandcook.com/
This is clearly a BIG trend.

There are many comic book cookbooks out there–both manga and non-manga. It’s hardly a new concept, though each author/artist combo does seem to give it their own spin of just how “comic” the recipes are.

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