Yasmina and the Potato Eaters: Part 1 presents the story of a young chef and her quest to find high quality ingredients for her family meals. The story is impactful though simple, showing us a father struggling to make ends meet and a girl who does what she can to feed the family. It’s interspersed with the story of a mysterious rooftop garden whose owner holds more secrets than she’s willing to admit. We get to see Yasmina falling in love with cooking and food. Her passion weaves through the pages, making for a compelling journey. The story eventually becomes a look at corporate greed and the economy’s intention to wring money out of consumers instead of encouraging them to be healthy. We see a man who makes potatoes as addictive as cigarettes, leading to a frenzy among Yasmina’s neighbors.
I absolutely love the art style of this graphic novel. It’s a beautiful style with intricate details that are never the same twice. Everything flows perfectly, and the representations of daily life are done in such a unique way. A man walking up the stairs is made into a great bit of story as we see the actions of the neighbors on each floor. It’s fascinating to see.
Overall, Yasmina and the Potato Eaters: Part 1 is a great story filled with gorgeous artwork that needs to be experienced. You’ll want to spend some time examining the details and reveling in the artist’s expertise.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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