TEA MAKES US RAWRRRR!
Coffee has long been the socially acceptable morning beverage. No matter who you are, you can drink coffee. Tea is a little different. It has the reputation of being the more genteel beverage, a choice for delicate ladies and people with sore throats. But that’s simply not the case. Tea can be badass; you just need the right monocle.
This very dapper T. rex exhorts you to enjoy a cup of tea with him with the phrase, “It’s a roaring good tea, old chap!” T. rex should know. It was much easier to get boiling water naturally during the late Cretaceous period, given all the volcanoes. That little cup and the top hat, however, were more complicated, especially considering the Family Castoridae (from which beavers descended) didn’t exist until the Eocene.
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