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4.0 out of 5 stars A delectable comic treat
Los Angeles in the future - all culture has fallen by the wayside except for culinary expertise. Food and cooking has gotten so pervasive that it dominates LA with food being used as currency and social status. Those who eat fast food are left in the outer fringes of the city, obese and poor, and as you get closer toward the centre the Food Mafia dish out gourmet cuisine...
Published 23 months ago by Sam Quixote

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1.0 out of 5 stars A "B" Movie is More Intelligent. GET JIRO: A Critical Review.
I don't know what happened here.

This novel is a cross between those old 70's film, The Warriors and Lone Wolf/ Lightning Swords of Death. There's, clearly, a deliberate attempt to tap into the Quentin Tarantino fan base.

But, the difference between, let's say, "Kill Bill" and this disaster is that Tarantino knows how to take disparate elements,...
Published on 19 July 2012 by Andre Lawrence


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delectable comic treat, 28 Nov 2012
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Sam Quixote - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Get Jiro HC (Hardcover)
Los Angeles in the future - all culture has fallen by the wayside except for culinary expertise. Food and cooking has gotten so pervasive that it dominates LA with food being used as currency and social status. Those who eat fast food are left in the outer fringes of the city, obese and poor, and as you get closer toward the centre the Food Mafia dish out gourmet cuisine in fashionable restaurants. This food monopoly is presided over by two warring clans - the organic food gang and the mass produced franchise food group, both of whom want the other dead. Then a nondescript sushi chef called Jiro from the outer fringes sets up shop, producing the best sushi ever made using the choicest ingredients in true traditional Japanese manner. During a scuffle with a customer who puts soy sauce and wasabi on his rice, Jiro displays a prowess with a knife and a fighting style that makes him a prime candidate for both gang leaders to try to recruit him to assassinate the other. Get Jiro!

This book is silly - the premise is silly, the story is silly, and if I were to look critically at this, I would be pointing out anachronisms `til the cows come home. But this book is meant to be silly and I read this in the spirit in which it was offered: fun. And as a result, I really enjoyed it! The true brilliance of the book comes from the scenes featuring cooking and eating gourmet food. Anthony Bourdain is a renowed chef and culinary expert who infuses the story with moments that vividly put across his food background in unusual delicacies so that scenes where Jiro eats exclusive French cuisine in a little known bistro or goes fish shopping are wonderfully evocative and enjoyable to see.

Langdon Foss' fantastic artwork brings these moments vividly to life, taking the effort to illustrate ambitious restaurant and kitchen scenes with large numbers of people, drawing dream kitchens and nailing complicated cooking techniques throughout the book. Without an artist as talented as Foss on board, the book would've been far less enjoyable to read. He is assisted by two of the best colourists in the industry, Jose Villarrubia and Dave Stewart, both of whom elevate the comic by adding the kind of colours that make the story spring off the page and make the dishes look absolutely delicious.

The book's "plot" is really secondary to Jiro's food journey as we see him produce mouth-watering sushi before embarking on the best food LA has to offer. It's these scenes that makes the book worth reading over other books that would focus on the "exciting" aspects of the book, the fighting, etc. Bourdain delivers the action scenes in an over-the-top cartoony way and, while the violence is graphic, the context of it is so absurd that it never feels serious and acts as a means to getting to the next dish. Which is fine by me, I think the book worked great in this approach.

So long as the reader picks this up knowing it's a bonkers take on Bourdain's lifelong love of food mixed in which his love of comics and cartoonish martial arts action - and that's it's supposed to be fun, you're supposed to be smiling while reading this - then you'll get plenty out of it. Fans of "Chew" will like this book (and if you're reading this and haven't heard of John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew", do yourself a favour and check that series out) as it's a similarly funny and silly series featuring food as the driving force behind the story. "Get Jiro!" is a great fun story, really well illustrated, and will teach you some things about gourmet food while making you want to seek out new and exciting dining experiences. Definitely worth a look for the comics gourmet reader.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A "B" Movie is More Intelligent. GET JIRO: A Critical Review., 19 July 2012
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Andre Lawrence (Miami, Florida) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Get Jiro HC (Hardcover)
I don't know what happened here.

This novel is a cross between those old 70's film, The Warriors and Lone Wolf/ Lightning Swords of Death. There's, clearly, a deliberate attempt to tap into the Quentin Tarantino fan base.

But, the difference between, let's say, "Kill Bill" and this disaster is that Tarantino knows how to take disparate elements, stereotypes and mold them into a truly interesting story.

This story is just plain dumb. D-U-M-B...dumb.

Will you ever see (or expect your audience to wink to) a character who'd slice off a customer's head--unprovoked--because he ate sushi the wrong way while his friends, who're sitting by his decapitated body, merely wipe away his blood before resuming their obsession with Jiro's delicacies?

The main story revolves around Jiro, a renegade chef who just moved to L.A. to start a new life but finds himself embroiled between restaurant mafias who vie for his services.

Not even the illustrations can save this dud. And, I'm being VERY generous.

GET JIRO....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 stars.
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