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Amanda Cohen’s Comic Cookbook In Offing!

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Dirty Candy

A clever attempt at writing a comic cookbook is in the offing, thanks to chef Amanda Cohen. The book is based on Cohen’s experiences in the running of her New York-based vegetarian restaurant, “Dirty Candy.” The book is titled "Dirty Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant” and it is drawn by Ryan Dunlavey. You may become interested in reading this book once you know that Amanda has not left any detail out of the book’s purview, including her encounters with shady contractors as well as her appearance on “Iron Chef America.”


The reason why Amanda chose the comic format to write her cookbook is because she found it to be useful in conveying what a hectic life was led inside a New York restaurant. Since such detail could not be conveyed simply in words or photographs, the comic format was brought in.


Amanda describes the decision to write this cookbook on her website, “Last week I finally made a deal to write a cookbook, something I never thought I’d do in my life. My problem has always been that I couldn’t think of a reason to add yet another cookbook to the already crowded shelves, but that all changed about a year ago when I had an idea for the kind of cookbook that would work for Dirty Candy: a graphic novel cookbook. I’m not sure if “graphic novel” is the best term here since it’s a cookbook and not a novel, but that’s the best description I can come up with.”


Amanda is working with the award-winning artist, Ryan, on this cookbook, which will be published by Clarkson Potter, a part of “The Crown Publishing Group.”


And if you are already a sucker for graphic novels or cookbooks, there is more to come in the coming months, right from Martha Stewart’s comic-book take on her life to foul-mouthed Anthony Bourdain’s comic book on food nerds. The dawn of the comic book era certainly points towards the media hype generated by new age cookbooks like the “Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Cuisine at Home.”


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Amanda Cohen’s Comic Cookbook In Offing!