Review: In the Kitchen with Alain Passard: Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef

"In the Kitchen with Alain Passard" is a half recipes, half behind the scenes book about the French chef Alain Passard. Illustrated with fervor by Blain, and told from his perspective, the book takes us through multiple tastings, kitchen tours and interviews with the chef and his team.

There’s an inherent tension between documentation and storytelling that’s prevalent in the book, and works against it despite Blain’s many talents. The starkest example of such is change of narrative pace when Blain switches from showing us a recipe to recounting a conversation he has with Passard about his craft.

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From Comics&Cola:

Listen up folks: Anne Emond’s comic for Retrofit is now available to pre-order, and you’re all going to need it. Emond’s been making comic strips for a while, and is probably best know for her Comiques- quintessentially sardonic, witty, black and white strips largely centered around the Emond persona, which somehow also manage to be warm and relate-able. One of my main problems with a lot of auto-bio is it’s so self-indulgent, but Emond’s work never feels like that -probably because it doesn’t actually read as auto-bio- her persona is very much an exaggerated character, and thus acts more readily as a reader interface. Her comics deal with the everyday, people observing, doubt, insecurity, life situations, with humour and intelligence, paired with her unique perspective. 

From Comics&Cola:

Listen up folks: Anne Emond’s comic for Retrofit is now available to pre-order, and you’re all going to need it. Emond’s been making comic strips for a while, and is probably best know for her Comiques- quintessentially sardonic, witty, black and white strips largely centered around the Emond persona, which somehow also manage to be warm and relate-able. One of my main problems with a lot of auto-bio is it’s so self-indulgent, but Emond’s work never feels like that -probably because it doesn’t actually read as auto-bio- her persona is very much an exaggerated character, and thus acts more readily as a reader interface. Her comics deal with the everyday, people observing, doubt, insecurity, life situations, with humour and intelligence, paired with her unique perspective.