By Lisa Hanawalt. Published by Drawn & Quarterly.
Hardcover, 176 pages, Colour, 2016.
THE NEW BOOK FROM THE JAMES BEARD AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST AND DESIGNER/PRODUCER OF NETFLIX’S BOJACK HORSEMAN
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.
Praise for Hot Dog Taste Test
....hilarious and at times breathtakingly inventive.Wired
...one of the funniest observational artists working today... a comic voice that is growing sharper and more engagingly offbeat.Washington Post Best of 2016
Hot Dog Taste Test roasts food obsession in its many forms with a sometimes gross, sometimes charming collection of watercolors, sketches and comicsThe Wall Street Journal
... Insouciant [and] irreverent drawings...The Paris Review
Hanawalt’s art balances the somber and the playful ... Whether she’s drawing horse-people inked with unnervingly detailed lines or a young moose fretting about her art practice ... Hanawalt’s hybrids make use of the estrangement between human and animal.The Guardian
We are so lucky to get these peeks into Lisa Hanawalt's brain and stomach. The amount of joy in her gleefully pervy illustrations makes me happier to be alive. I aspire to the level of enthusiasm she seems to derive from examining how stupid it is to be a person!Tavi Gevinson, Editor of Rookie
The cartoons evoke an idiosyncratic absurdity akin to Roz Chast’s work (“Baking tip: keep your sweet tooth away from your salt molar”)... Hanawalt’s self-aware humor (with a side order of deeply affecting personal stories) will whet anyone’s appetite.Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Lisa Hanawalt is the 21st century’s voice of funny.PopMatters
Lisa Hanawalt's lushly illustrated, stream-of-consciousness diary... overflows with colorful oddities.NPR
[Hot Dog Taste Test] gathers many of Hanawalt’s favourite things — anthropomorphized creatures with often gross human foibles and desires, food diaries and lists, interspersed with just the right amount of scatological humour.Metro News
Lisa Hanawalt is the Matisse of the buffet line, the O'Keeffe of the fishball and the Vermeer of the pigeon with a hot dog in its beak. Also: horses.Jonathan Gold, Food Critic and Pulitzer Prize Winner
Lisa Hanawalt is my favourite funny artist. Her special brand of humour hits me directly where I live, even though I never told her where I live.Jaime Hernandez, Author of Love and Rockets
Lisa Hanawalt has an amazing ability to make the mundane disturbing and the strange seem normal. Also, her baking tips are solid.David Chang, Founder of Momofuku Restaurants & Lucky Peach Magazine
... a truly hard-to-classify book that combines—in full color with her loose, fanciful line—stories, food reporting, doodles, wacky lists, and illustrations of animal-people.Hillary Chute, Artforum
Frankly speaking, you should get off your buns and go buy this book — you'll relish it.Amy Sedaris