The Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez

When it comes to foodie books, we often think of cookbooks first, then perhaps culinary mysteries. But Jarrett Melendez’s Chef’s Kiss is not that. Instead, it’s a graphic novel that gives us a new adult story of discovery and self-discovery in the kitchen (and in life).

There are so many reasons we love Jarrett Melendez’s Chef’s Kiss, but it’s definitely the story itself that has us hooked. Not only do we love the premise of a recent college graduate (an English major to be exact) who stumbles upon a restaurant job after repeated disappointments in his own field, but the character himself.

We’re talking about a young man with a vision of his future that ends up changing as he finds himself in a restaurant kitchen falling in love (with another chef and even the job he does) . There are the growing pains we all experience when leaving school and entering the workforce. And then there are other aspects of growth and self-discovery that really bring this story to life.

And yes, we love every moment in the kitchen, because of course the kitchen is at the heart of this story in its own way. (Plus, we’re foodies, which means we’re really here for the cooking and cooking.)

Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez is a beautiful coming-of-age story with a touch of culinary magic

Chef’s Kiss (Oni Press)

The art work is amazing. Gastronomic imagery is everything. And the fact that there’s actually a recipe in this graphic novel makes it a must-have for foodies looking for something other than a cookbook to relish.

This graphic novel could easily be a Netflix animated short, it’s so good. If you want a better idea of ​​what to expect from Chef’s Kiss, here’s a sneak peek of the book’s summary to inspire you!

Now that university is out, English graduate Ben Cook is on the hunt for a job looking for something…anything…related to his passion for reading and writing. But interview after interview, hiring committee after hiring committee, Ben soon learns that landing his dream job won’t be as easy as he thought. Proofreading? Journalism? Writing ? Not enough experience. Turns out he doesn’t even have enough experience to be a garbage collector! But when Ben comes across a “Now Hiring—No Experience Recessary” sign outside a restaurant, he jumps at the chance to land his first job. Plus, he can keep looking for a writing job while he waits. He’s actually not that bad at cooking, but he’ll have to pass a series of cooking tests to prove he has the cooking skills to stay full-time.

Basically, this book has it all – romance, food, art, and passion. We love a good story, and we definitely love a good new adult rom-com in a graphic novel.

If you need something new to read this weekend, I highly recommend Chef’s Kiss for your reading pleasure.