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Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic

(Yasmina and the Potato Eaters #1-2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In this silly, action-packed graphic novel from Wauter Mannaert, Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes.

Yasmina isn't like the other kids in her city. Maybe it's the big chef hat she wears. Or the fact that she stuffs her dad's lunchbox full of spring r
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by First Second (first published January 26th 2021)
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this story. It has everything that I like in it. Yasmina is a very likeable character, the drawing style is good enough and it has a very strong, this is the best part in my opinion, message in it. The message is some sort of environmentalist and good eating/health habits, values that are both really important for me and the author bring this subject with humor and a perfect mixed of lightness and seriousness it doesn't become heavy and don't fall into absurdity either. This book a ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Somebody is tampering with the potato. Tasty and healthy food? Forget it. The healthy eater who enjoys his meal is in danger. But luckily there's Yasmina. She is a young cook who loves fresh ingrediënts and makes the most wonderful vegetarian dishes for her father, who works in a snackbar. They are poor and have no money for healthy food. Fast food is far cheaper, but Yasmina refsuses to eat it. Her friends, two vegetable gardeners, provide her with what she needs. Until, one day, that is no lon ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this graphic novel about a young girl who loves cooking vegetable dishes for her father, and how she becomes embroiled in a sinister plot to get consumers addicted to junk food. Some may find the book a bit preachy about veganism and non-GMO foods, AND conservatives and capitalists are sure to HATE it, but on the whole I think it offers some good lessons about healthy eating, and a whole lotta fun to boot!

Fine artwork, as well.


Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-french, bd, ebook
Absolutely charming! It's like the Tom-Tom & Nana series (Tom-Tom et l'impossible Nana) but with a social message about human behavior, our relationship with food and with our neighbors near and far, as well as a deeper message about the future of food.
This comic/BD touches on different perspectives on food cultures - cuisine vs. fast food, "traditional" agriculture vs. permaculture, and plant hybrids vs. GMO's without necessarily passing judgment except on GMO's and even then, it's all in how
Cherlynn (cherreading)
I was just thinking what a silly story this is and then realised it's stated right there in the synopsis 😂 (I go into most books blind).

I like the idea behind the story and its overall message, but didn't care for it. Even though I got the main gist of things, some scenes were hard to follow and I had no idea what was going on. Not sure what's with the random whiffs. The text is lacking (both literally and figuratively).

I didn't like Yasmina at all but the artwork is good and the fork in her che
Jan 14, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute! I liked the interesting concept and it's fairly well written. It's paced oddly, fast or super fast, but ended up good. ...more
Yasmina is a tween chef who makes her dishes for her dad's lunch from her neighbors' vegetable gardens. However, a cruel investor brings a sudden change, destroying the neighbors' garden. A new potato chip craze suddenly has everyone acting like dogs. What can Chef Yasmina do?

Full of very silly illustrations and even sillier plot twists and character asides, this is a good read for those who enjoy the Big Nate series. The text is minimal, but the artwork captures the emotions. The recipes that
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Yasmina is an aspiring young chef who fills her dad’s lunchbox with delicious and fresh foods. He works at a French fry eatery, but she insists on fresh ingredients that she often obtains from a neighborhood garden. That is, until a big conglomerate comes in, buys the land, and razes the gardens to plant potato fields. Yasmina resorts to stealing veggies and herbs from a neighbor’s garden on the roof of her building, but she’s eventually
Shifa S
Jan 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
A cute and entertaining graphic novel about a little muslim chef❤️

Genre: Early Graphic novel
Ages: 7-10
Available: amazon

Screening: some stealing of veggies from a garden

Yasmina is a little Muslim girl that loves to cook. Her mom seems dead (as evidenced by a photo of her mom wearing hijab near their dinner table) and her dad is a single dad working to support the family. Yasmina loves to cook healthy food, but when the local gardens are shut down by a big potato chip developer, she struggles to f
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has been published in English before, but in two volumes. Together, as one volume, the story seems to drag a little in the middle, that I didn't notice when reading it separated by a few months.

This is the evil altered potatoes that people are eating, and starting to act funny, and Yasmina, who always prepares the food for her father, and doesn't eat fast food, doesn't notice until the community garden that she gets her veggies from is taken away from her.

A nice enough story. Really wo
Katie Lawrence
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This was a very silly graphic novel with food at it's heart. I love that there are more translated children's graphic novels making their way to the US. The addictive potatoes, why they're addictive and the side effects are really interesting. I enjoyed the two backyard farmers and their debate over organic versus pesticides etc. The rooftop garden was visually stunning as was the farmer/scientist who cultivated it. Yasmina and her father have a really great bond, I loved that she made him speci ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Um this book is AMAZING. I did not realize how badly I needed gorgeous illustrations of delicious food. There are super sweet characters, the dad and daughter have a super sweet relationship, and the neighbors all have amazing gardens. The story is fast and sweet, and the illustrations are fluid and rhythmic.

My only gripe is Somewhere I saw an alternative cover for this book and it is WAY better. Regardless this book is amazing.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic was a fun adventure with an unexpected twist.
D.T. Henderson
I value the message about the importance of healthy, natural foods (not that GMO mess), but the execution felt too slapstick to me.
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Really fun cute romp! Adventure and charm!
Apr 20, 2021 rated it liked it
An okay story occasionally elevated by some very cool art! It also leaves you very hungry for french fries and the food illustration in general makes everything seem very appetizing.
Nov 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was very fun and I'm adding becoming a Top Chef (of my home) and making cute lunchboxes for my loved ones and also drawing a comic to my New Year's Resolutions now 😊 ...more
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Charming story and kids will enjoy it.
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved the art and use of color. The story was exciting and will prompt kids to think about what kind of food they are eating.
Becky B
Yasmina loves to cook and prepare fresh veggies for her father and herself in creative ways. She relies heavily on the local community garden for her creations. When a big company growing dubious potatoes destroys the garden and starts cranking out products that have people acting VERY strangely, Chef Yasmina is on the case of how to reverse what they’ve done and take down the company.

I’m totally fine with some imaginative scifi about what crazy scientists can do with wacky machines. As a former
Ms. Yingling
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4 stars

Yasmina might be the cutest chef I have ever seen. She wears a chef's hat 24/7, has an infectiously optimistic and determined energy, and gets her supplies to make her gourmet creations from her (bickering) neighbors' vegetable gardens. The beginning scenes of her sending her dad off with her vegetarian delicacies are heartwarming. He lets the subtle comments from his co-workers roll off his back and comes home reeking of the fast food joint that he works at eager for more of Yasmina’s cr
Aug 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. The themes were really interesting (healthy vs unhealthy food, scientifically altered food vs organic food, food made with love & time vs food of convenience). Although these themes sound like they'd be boring to kids, Mannaert manages to wrap them up in humor and a crazy plot that (I think, anyway) keep the story entertaining for younger readers. It's a really clever book that manages to be fun while also opening doors to important conversations that don't often/easily come up ...more
Aug 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, by Wauter Mannaert, is one of a flurry of recent graphic novels about kids who love to cook. Yasmina whips up gourmet meals for herself and her widowed father from vegetables supplied by two friends. When a stranger comes to town and bulldozes the friends’ vegetable gardens to set up a factory farm, Yasmina is reduced to stealing produce from the mysterious woman who has a whole farm on the roof of their building. Meanwhile the factory farm is pumping out potat ...more
I almost gave it a fourth star, but at the end I realized that there was no real payoff for some of the plot threads...including the fact that the neighbors are so entranced by the smells of Yasmina's cooking. Her culinary artistry with veggies is apparent, though. The thing is, for much of the story she's a bit of a vegetable thief. Her father probably doesn't make much money, as he apparently works in the fast food business, and she seems to supplement their food budget by stealing vegetables ...more
I received an electronic ARC from First Second Books through NetGalley.
Humorous with dark undertones that challenge readers to think about what they eat on one plane, and who/what they believe and follow on a deeper one. Yasmina loves to cook and work hard to cook healthy meals for her dad. Hints of past grief and current financial struggles are easy to pick up from the artwork. Sadly, to cook her vegetarian (by necessity) meals, she has to steal from a neighbor's rooftop garden to supplement wh
Nov 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this graphic novel. I may be slightly biased by the fact that the main character is a vegetable-loving chef and budding scientist. I think the book did a great job of discussing the complex and emotion-fraught issues concerning food in today's world. Characters include a scientist trying to eliminate poverty through her invention, but thwarted by greedy big business, and 2 small farm owners-- one a caricature of the natural/organic world, and one a synthetic pesticide user. It ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't quite know what to make of this book. There was a lot going on, and it took a while to get to the point. There were some pages with almost no text and some which were almost all text, which sometimes seemed jarring when going from one extreme to the other. Several plot points were fairly bizarre, and while obviously this isn't meant to be realistic, it just seemed too difficult to suspend disbelief. I also found it hard to get past the idea that Yasmina's father didn't realize they had n ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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