Friday, February 25, 2022

Chef's Kiss


Chef's Kiss is a sweetly humorous slice-of-life NA graphic novel based around the everyday life of 20something Ben Cook written by Jarrett Melendez. Due out 1st March 2022 from Oni Press, it's 160 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook (comiXology) formats. 

This is such a sweetly romantic book. Being a middle aged curmudgeon, I'm usually not such a fan of NA romance titles since I'm a few decades outside of the target audience, but this one was exceptionally good. Protagonist Ben is shy and just beginning to find his way after university and is living in a houseshare with his 3 friends. Despite applying for lots of jobs in his field, he's had a fruitless few weeks on the job front when he stumbles into a job training in a local upscale vegetarian restaurant. It doesn't hurt that there's a cute chef working in the same kitchen. 

The character driven plot arc includes a seriously irascible head chef, an ensemble cast of coworkers and friends, and an adorable (actual) pig called Watson. The plotting is tight, and the dialogue is very well done and believable. The pencils, inking, and lettering are clear and precise. It's easy to read and well done all around. 

This will absolutely appeal to fans of light romantic manga and NA graphic novel romance. There is no explicit content whatever. 

Four and a half stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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