Synopses & Reviews
Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt's devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test dishes out five-star laughs as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us.
Hanawalt the author of My Dirty Dumb Eyes and designer for the animated series Bojack Horseman turns her cartooning eye toward food and foodie culture—among other topics—in her second collection. With essays on Vegas buffets Argentinian cuisine and swimming with otters (many originally published in Lucky Peach magazine) Hanawalt takes a kebab skewer to the pomposity that’s grown up around food and dining. The cartoons evoke an idiosyncratic absurdity akin to Roz Chast’s work (“Baking tip: keep your sweet tooth away from your salt molar”). Of particular interest is Hanawalt’s account of observing Wylie Dufresne which approaches the chef and his work not from a pedestal of haughty criticism or with the kowtowing awe that pervades “cheflebrities” but simply as a woman who loves food of all kinds. New Yorkers will get a special kick out of the detailed breakdown of the city’s sidewalk cuisine but Hanawalt’s self aware humor (with a side order of deeply affecting personal stories) will whet anyone’s appetite. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Hot Dog Taste Test roasts food obsession in its many forms with a sometimes gross, sometimes charming collection of watercolors, sketches and comics." The Wall Street Journal
"....hilarious and at times breathtakingly inventive." Wired
About the Author
Lisa Hanawalt is an artist living in Los Angeles, CA, and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series, Bojack Horseman. Lisa has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a quarterly, James Beard Award-winning food column for Lucky Peach Magazine, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller. Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes.