For me, cooking can be a bit of a chore. It’s a necessary requirement in my routine so I don’t starve. While some people passionate about it, I’ve never been one of those people. I can understand the appeal, I’ve just never been grabbed by it. That’s until recently, when I discovered recipe webcomics. Now I’m seeing food through a different lenses through the comic book format and my eyes are now open to all kinds of different recipes I mightn’t ever tried.
What are recipe webcomics, you ask? Simple. They’re essentially a cooking recipe in a webcomic format, combining text and visuals to demonstrate cooking instructions in a unique way. What makes them special is that they can be done in a myriad of ways, injecting personality or even storytelling into them in a way that other mediums cannot.
Below are five recipe webcomics I found while trawling the internet. I’ve tried to represent a wide mix of recipe webcomics in this list from different kinds of culinary tastes to the various ways these recipes are communicated. There should be something for everybody’s tastes. You never know, you might even find inspiration for your next meal!
Becky Cloonan’s Zucchini Bread Recipe
Written and art by Becky Cloonan.
Creator Becky Cloonan, writer of comics such as Gotham Academy and Southern Cross as well as artist on many great comics, likes to do the occasional webcomic on her Tumblr. About a year ago she did a short story about her Zucchini Bread recipe, which was not only instructional but also a lot of fun. She tells the story of her inspiration for making the Zucchini Bread, what she did with the 8 loaves that she made and along with plenty of gags too. The most interesting part about this is that she was able to include one of her characters, along with herself and her friends, into it which makes the comic conversational while displaying plenty of personality. This recipe includes plenty of detail which allows for easy following.
You can read Becky Cloonan’s Zucchini Bread Recipe in it’s entirety here.
Written and art by Tyler Capps.
If your looking for a chuckle while cooking then Cooking Comically is the webcomic for you. Mixing illustrations and photos, this webcomic has a broad range of easy to follow recipes including desserts, sides, bakes and more. These recipe webcomics are well polished with clean illustrations and high quality photos making it very easy on the eye. This polished atheistic is also accompanied by clear and well laid out instructions which makes the recipes easy to understand.
You can check out Cooking Comically and all their recipes here.
The Amateur Gourmet
By Adam Roberts.
The Amateur Gourmet is a cooking/food blog by TV writer Adam Roberts, which happens to have a batch of recipe comics on it. In a similar style to Cooking Comically, The Amatuer Gourmet mixes photos with pop culture references to create something fun, ammusing and unique. Adam acts as the narrator as he takes you through the recipes, slicing in pop culture references as gags along the way. While there’s only a handful of recipes available the ones he has are varied from cookies to turning leftovers into frittatas.
You can read The Amateur Gourmet’s recipe comics here.
Banchan In 2 Pages: Korean Cooking Comics
Written and Art by Robin Ha.
If you love Korean food then you’ll love this recipe webcomic. Through a series of one page comics Robin Ha gives us recipes accompanied by charming and feminine illustrations. By adding herself into the comics she has injected her own special brand of personality. This allows the recipes to be to be more approachable, especially for those who may never have cooked Korean food before.
Banchan In 2 Pages: Korean Cooking Comics can be read here.
Cheap Thrills Cuisine
By Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui.
Finally, we have the short and sharp Cheap Thrills Cuisine. The recipes in this strip are quite simple, but always interesting with different combinations of flavours used. Although, the thing that strikes me is how much recipe is packed in in such small amount of real estate. To be able to successfully communicate all the information needed in such a small amount of space is no easy feat, especially when you have room leftover to accommodate illustrations.
You can read Cheap Thrills Cuisine here.
Other Recipe Webcomics
Since this post went up some helpful readers have pointed me in the direction of a few other recipe webcomics so I thought I would share them with you. These include:
Recipe Comix by various cartoonists.
The work of Lucy Knisley who has done a series of recipe webcomics and has even released a memoir of them in her book Relish.
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Trevor Van As
Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.