Comic Kitchen: Red Hood

Comic Kitchen is a series that creates a three-course meal around a comic character. It’s a segment that combines my love of food with my passion for pop culture. This edition is a special one because it’s the first time I’ve cooked my own dishes and that feels appropriate for Red Hood. Jason Todd is a guy who grew up on the streets, who learned to savour every morsel he could find. His appetite is something to behold, so I’ve created a menu that focuses on protein, big portions and zest. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Red Hood”

Comic Kitchen: Geralt Of Rivia

One of the best ways to experience a different culture is through food, which is why Comic Kitchen exists. The segment is dedicated to creating a three-course meal around a character from pop culture and telling their story through the magic of food. Over the past few months I’ve developed a taste for Polish food, so I’ve teamed up with the staff from Platzki in Manchester to create a menu for Geralt of Rivia. Geralt is a Polish icon, with The Witcher series being one of the greatest fantasy series of all time. Geralt is a man of few words and simple tastes, so the menu taps into traditional Polish food as a reflection of the Witcher’s approach to life. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Geralt Of Rivia”

Comic Kitchen: Ms Marvel

Comic Kitchen is a segment that creates a three-course menu for a comic character. When it comes to experiencing another culture, food is one of the best ways to be involved, and there are plenty of diverse superheroes in the world. Ms Marvel is a great example, as she comes from a Muslim background. It’s why I’m pleased to present a Ms Marvel menu that has been done in collaboration with Carrie from Witchy Kitchen. The menu brings together Kamala Khan’s Pakistani heritage with her American upbringing. As a result, there are unique dishes packed with flavour.

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A Call To Foodies And Chefs To Collaborate On Comic Kitchen

If you’ve been reading The Comic Vault for a while, you’ll have noticed that I enjoy combining my passion for comics with food. This has given rise to a segment called Comic Kitchen which involves designing a three course menu around a specific comic character. The menu is tailored to the character’s personality, history and location. Comics are arguably the hottest thing in the world right now and Comic Kitchen was started out of a love for the medium.

Now, I’m interested in getting other people involved in the project as a way to promote unique dishes and cultural menus. I’m putting a call out to chefs, bakers, food bloggers and business owners.

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Comic Kitchen: Captain America

Comic Kitchen is a segment that prepares a three course menu around a pop culture character. This edition is a special one because it marks the first time I’ve collaborated with another blogger to bring a menu to life. I worked with Manchester based Rosaleen Marmion, who runs a lifestyle and parenting website. Together we came up with a three-course meal for Captain America. Given that Cap is a supersoldier, I decided on a high protein and carb based menu. The overall theme taps into Steve Rogers’ story as a kid from New York who grew up to be one of the greatest superheroes of all time.

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Guest Blog: 5 Kinds Of Superfood For Heroes And Villains

“Gurume” manga is a derivation of the word “gourmet”. Quite obviously, it refers to food. Gurume anime/manga has plots and storylines which makes food and its creators the real superheroes of the tale. Unsurprisingly, food is vital to Japanese culture and the genre centres around food found in different parts of Japan. However, (much like other anime/manga subcultures) gurume manga has a massive global cult following. The widespread availability of Japanese cuisine— such as sushi, sashimi, tamagoyaki, and gyoza—definitely helps. More importantly, it attracts fans because of the finesse of detail and design of the animated meals. Many people call gurume manga “food pornography”, because there is a voyeuristic pleasure to merely watching this animated food being made and presented.

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Food For Thought: Tony Chu And The Gross Appeal Of Cibopathy

The idea of having superpowers can often be a thrilling one. How many of us have wondered what it would be like to fly or be able to stop time? Superheroes are regularly depicted using their powers to fight crime and save lives. But some powers aren’t glamorous. In the case of Tony Chu, they are a pain in the ass. Created by John Layman in the Chew series, Chu is a cibopath who gets psychic impressions from the food he eats.

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Comic Kitchen: Hercules

Comic Kitchen is a series that focuses on the culinary habits of a character in the form of a three course menu. Some people love to eat and in the case of Greek gods, Hercules would have an appetite as mighty as his strength. Marvel’s Prince of Power is known for his boisterous approach to life, which includes an appreciation for food. I’ve come up with a Greek inspired menu that brings together simplicity and flavour, making it fit for a god. Continue reading “Comic Kitchen: Hercules”

Chew: Vol 2: International Flavour Review: Give Me Chicken Or Give Me Death!

In recent years, there’s been an increasing number of comics that have focused on food, and it’s possible that the most well-known is John Layman’s Chew series. It follows the adventures of Tony Chu, an FDA agent capable of learning new skills from the food that he eats. I was blown away by the awesomness of the first volume, so it inspired me to pick up the next collection. Chew: Volume 2: International Flavour sees Chu on the hunt for a new type of food that’s sprouted up on a remote island. The graphic novel contains all the irreverent grossness and dark humour of the previous volume.

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Comic Kitchen: Gambit

Comic Kitchen is a series that combines food and superheroes together to create a menu based around a specific character. New Orleans is known for its eclectic cuisine and no hero represents The Big Easy’s reputation quite like Gambit. The Ragin’ Cajun is as free-spirited as they come, which means the kind of food he’d eat would have a plethora of different flavours. I’ve come up with a New Orleans inspired menu that brings the different cultures of NOLA together, while also showcasing Gambit’s love for life.

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