Book Reviews: Herb & Cali Chronic Comix

October 01, 2015 | SteveElliott

Steve Elliot reviews a Cannabis cook book by Laurie Wolf & Melissa Parks as well as Jeffrey Peterson's Cali Chronic Comix



Would you like to learn the secrets of Cannabis cooking from a classically trained chef? Melissa Parks offers that with “HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis,” a volume written along with recipe developer and writer Laurie Wolf. This decidedly high-end cookbook is timed for the holidays with a November 2015 release, and features gourmet recipes that use Cannabis like any other herb — for taste as much as for effect, rather than just trying to mask the marijuana flavor.

book-review-herb-quote3.jpgThis intersection of haute cuisine, culinary science and pot-induced pleasure produces not only a fascinating cultural phenomenon, it also results in over-the-top recipes such as marijuana-infused black pepper biscuits, butternut squash soup and sausage marinara. Don’t you want that rib eye steak topped with garlic-herb canna-compound butter? Of course you do.

Not only can you raise eyebrows and consciousness all at once with these recipes, you can gain a new level of understanding when it comes to the science behind dosing levels. No special equipment is needed to prepare the extractions needed for these recipes, just an infusion of Cannabis into a medium such as oil or butter. Then, you can proceed as normal with the preparation of the dish.

The authors get major credit for recognizing the healing role of terpenes when it comes to the effects of Cannabis. These powerfully pungent molecules are responsible for the distinct smell and taste of marijuana, and they help potentiate the effects of the cannabinoids in a way believed to be related to the “aromatherapy” effect.

Over 200 pages of sharply photographed, delicious-appearing dishes are featured, and this covers the gamut from appetizers and entrees to desserts.


The history of underground commix celebrating the Cannabis counterculture goes back to at least the late 1960s, when Zap, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and other shots across the bow of mainstream American culture first made their mark on the national consciousness. Carrying on that proud tradition are Jeffrey Peterson’s Cali Chronic Comix, a new wave of marijuana-themed comic books.

Cali Chronic Comix were created in 2013 by artist/writer Peterson — who is also known as standup comedian The 420 Comic — inspired by the success of the counterculture lifestyle independent magazine Cali Chronic X. Peterson and his brother Dan released Superstoners and then in the summer of 2014, Peterson was cast on “The Marijuana Show,” considered the “Shark Tank” of the Cannabis industry.

Out of 10 contestants, Peterson alone was chosen to receive an investment. Since that announcement, Cali Chronic Comix has gotten press in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. With a $25,000 investment from King of Quality, five issues have now been printed.

Current titles include Superstoners, The Achievers and Rainy Day Women, with five more titles in the works. A comic strip version of Superstoners is also being placed in Cannabis-themed magazines!

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