OTHERWORLDLY MAGICAL MYSTICAL APPEAL
There are a lot of things we don’t understand about the world. For example, most of quantum physics. Daylight savings time. How somebody can get a cat to wear a shark costume and ride around on a Roomba without suffering grievous bodily injury.
So we can believe in science and also leave a little space for the unexplained in our personal universes. Over the years, we’ve had our fortunes told, bought our share of tarot decks, and asked our Ouija boards which classmate secretly had a crush on us. (Protip: It’s Ashley. It’s always Ashley.) If you, too, are a little bit country (by which we mean a fan of science) and a little bit rock & roll (by which we mean a believer in the supernatural), this is your jacket.
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope