Dirt Candy Cookbook: No Photos, Just Comics!

dirt candy cookbook
dirt candy cookbook

If you are a cookbook connoisseur, you will definitely want to check out Chef Amanda Cohen’s refreshing new take on cook-booking. Her brand new book, “Dirt Candy. A Cookbook.” features a long list of recipes inspired by her NYC-based restaurant. But unlike most cookbooks, there is not even one photograph. Instead the book is filled with comics! The smart and sassy comic book style turns out to be quite fun and brilliant. Glossy food photos are replaced with sassy, smart, laugh-outloud comics featuring stories and recipes. Check out a few pages from the book and get details to enter a Dirt Candy book giveaway!..

In the book, Amanda shares her journey as a chef-turned-restaurant-owner. She also shares many of her award-winning vegetarian recipes. As for the storytelling, it is highly entertaining. Amanda has had some adventures! Including being on Iron Chef America (and getting stuck in the elevator after losing to Chef Morimoto) – had Martha Stewart visit her tiny restaurant and many more.

dirt candy interior
dirt candy cookbook interior

The Dirt Candy Cookbook: book description: “Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring, beloved by omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diners alike. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook shares the secrets to making her flavorful dishes—from indulgent Stone-Ground Grits with Pickled Shiitakes and Tempura Poached Egg, to hearty Smoked Cauliflower and Waffles with Horseradish Cream Sauce, to playfully addictive Popcorn Pudding with Caramel Popcorn. It also details Amanda’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City—all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel. Both a great read and a source of kitchen inspiration, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook is a must-have for any home cook looking to push the boundaries of vegetable cooking.”

About the Author + graphic artist from

Amanda Cohen: is the chef-owner of Dirt Candy, an all-vegetable restaurant located in New York City’s East Village that is recommended by the Michelin guide. Cohen, who has written about food for Saveur, Eater, Salon, and Esquire, was the first vegetarian chef invited to compete on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

Ryan Dunlavey: is a New York City—based artist whose work includes The Comic Book History of Comics, MODOK: Reign Delay, Tommy Atomic, and the Xeric and ALA award-winning Action Philosophers.

You can order the Dirt Candy Cookbook on

or enter a few of the giveaways online:

1. Dirt Candy Cookbook Review + Giveaway on Healthy. Happy. Life. (includes more interior pics!)
2. Dirt Candy Cookbook Review + Giveaway on Raspberry Eggplant.


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