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Meditating on Zao Dao’s Cuisine Chinoise

16 Jul

Amazon.com: Cuisine Chinoise: Five Tales of Food and Life eBook: Dao, Zao,  Pruett, Adam, Schutz, Diana: Kindle StoreAvailable to Purchase on Amazon USA
Dark Horse Comics

Food, Fantasy and Fusion gets fantastically mixed up in Zao Dao’s Cuisine Chinoise. Two worlds collide in this graphic novel, which is not always a fable, but perhaps a farce to laugh at. It’s tough to say exactly what genre this collection of illustrated works fits into.

This artist uses the avant-garde–mixing traditional brush art with modern styles (and also using digital)–to give life to the supernatural narratives at hand. The watercolours can be transparent or heavy. Her visuals and use of textures are zen-like, and the narrative can just as equally reveal a state of mind of not only her creative consciousness but also of the characters she creates. One of them is Yuzi, a white-haired cook of an unusual caliber that few gourmet eaters can appreciate.

When the undead meet him, he’s a five Michelin star chef.

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