“Hendrix said that Dirt Candy’s cookbook is likely the “first graphic novel cookbook in the United States” (the form is already used in Japan). It may sound like an unusual pairing, but the action-packed nature of comic books suits Cohen’s purposes quite well. In addition to sharing recipes, the book serves as her platform to bash some of the myths that surround the food industry, and restaurants in particular. Her targets include: sketchy building contractors and ridiculous customer requests (like the diner who asked for all her food to be blended before being brought to the table), as well as clueless food writers who like to imagine chefs skipping around farmers’ markets and whipping up elaborate meals at home (“I live on takeout and leftovers,” Cohen writes), and whimsical foodies who insist that pickles are “magic.”
“Cohen also turns the spotlight on herself, cluing readers in to the simmering self-doubt and overwhelming anxieties inherent to the business of feeding others. The result is not a rant so much as a refreshing look into a food culture that could stand to take the whole chef-worship thing down a notch.”
Tonight! 7PM! Food, drinks, and a dramatic reading of recipes from the Dirt Candy team. Don’t miss it.