Meal

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Pub Date 25 Dec 2018 | Archive Date 22 Jul 2019

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A Junior Library Guild Selection

2018 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Winner

2019 Prism Award Winner

“This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of cuisine.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Simply delightful." — BOOK RIOT

"You moved cross-country to work at a bug restaurant. There's no way I'm gonna miss what happens next."

Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talented devotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda -- and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks -- or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.

Co-written with chef and food writer Soleil Ho (Edible Manhattan, Bitch), Blue Delliquanti's sweet coming-of-age story takes us deep into a world of art, mystery, and memory on the culinary frontier.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

2018 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Winner

2019 Prism Award Winner

“This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of...


Advance Praise

“This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of cuisine.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“A heartwarming story about what really makes food great, MEAL is a food story that’s so culturally literate, full of warmth, and joyous.” – RUBY TANDOH, Baker, Columnist, Great British Bake-Off Runner-Up 2013 `

“MEAL's writing and illustration is smart, funny, nuanced, and illuminating. Yarrow's enthusiasm for entomophagy is pure and irresistible and as you go on an adventure with her — a dream job, a sweet crush, a new community — you're filled with a sense of endless possibility. Meal also guides readers through the ancient roots and bright future of insect-eating, not as a fad, not as a delicacy, but as a deeply established way of cooking with a multiplicity of meanings connecting people from all over the world." — TEJAL RAO, New York Times columnist and James Beard Award Winner

“A restaurant-set graphic novel with a fascinating premise.” — COMICS WORTH READING

“This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of cuisine.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“A heartwarming story about what really makes food great, MEAL is a food...


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This is such a good book and a unique look at the style of cuisine that I was sadly unfamiliar with. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Meal is a charming comic focusing on entomophagy (cooking and eating insects). I've heard about it briefly in travel and cooking shows but this comic was very educational. I really liked how it focuses on the history of eating insects in countries all over the world as well how they are raised. The characters are all very diverse and interesting in their own way, many with personal histories and memories linked to eating insects. Admittedly the jokes fell a bit flat at times and the art took some getting used to. I'm probably biased since I love food and comics about cooking (Delicious in Dungeon is one of my favorites) but I really loved Meal. It's very light on plot, focusing mostly on the cooking and the characters. There are a lot of side characters for such a short book and honestly I got confused and couldn't keep track of half of their names. I requested this on Netgalley before even reading the description fully (oops) I got really excited about reading a comic about cooking with bug. Much to my surprise I found out the main character has a crush on her neighbor Milani (an artist who likes so-bad-they-are-good movies). The relationship between Milani and Yarrow was really cute. I'd recommend this if you are interested in entomophagy, like graphic novels about food and aren't squeamish about bugs. The end of the comic has an essay by the author on entomophagy as well as some recipes (in case you want to cook some of the food mentioned in the comic)

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Interesting and enjoyable graphic novel about young chef Yarrow who has upended her life and moved across the country in hopes of working at a new restaurant with an insect-based menu. Her initial efforts to impress the head chef fall flat however, forcing Yarrow to refine her approach and reflect on her real reasons for embracing insects in the kitchen. A subplot focuses on a growing romance as well.

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This book was terrific. It’s rich with history and culture. I love the diverse characters who bring a different perspective to the table. These people are in it for the love of food and are bucking trends but remaining true to their traditions despite how off-beat it may seem. I learned a lot from reading this book especially about the care, prep, and how important food pairing can be. We see how these meal evoke memories of those of the past and present.

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Yarrow is a young and passionate chef who wants to bring her love for insect-based food into people’s lives. Excited about a new insect-based restaurant’s opening, Yarrow is determined to land herself a job there. However, things take an unexpected turn when she irritates the owner, Chandra, rather than wowing her. Issued with a challenge that will make or break her chances at the restaurant, Yarrow takes a step back and remembers that she’s not trying to get Chandra to look past the bugs and give the food a try like she does with most people. I saw this graphic novel and thought it sounded cute and interesting, so I knew I had to read it. Yarrow is a sweet woman who just wants to bring her passion for insects and their role in the culinary world to people who would normally turn their nose up at the idea. Along the way, we learn about how she began raising her own insects and cooking them as well as the cultural ties that insects in the culinary world has. I thought it was quite interesting, especially as someone who would normally turn my nose up to knowingly eating insects. I’m not sure that I would run out and try something right now, but it has opened my eyes to the idea that it might be something I’m willing to give a try at some point in the future. I loved the characters that we meet and how we learn why they want to bring insect-based food to American culture as the story continues. It’s also fun because Yarrow makes a friend, Milani, at the beginning of the story and we watch her try Yarrow’s food and really get into eating food that she herself would normally have turned her nose up to. Plus, their friendship slowly turns into romance and we watch Milani blossom in her own world as an artist. At the end of the story, the book continues and we learn more about insects and how people view various foods as good or gross depending on the culture. There’s also some recipes and tips on dipping your toes into raising and cooking insects yourself. There are also character sketches at the very end, which I loved looking at because I loved the style and I love seeing artist’s sketches.

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Meal was a delightful graphic novel. The first thing that caught my attention when I decided I wanted to pick this up was the cover. It's so bright and vibrant with diverse characters on the front cover. I was more intrigued when I found out this graphic novel is about cooking. Cooking has always been one of my favorite hobbies that I haven't exactly had the time to dabble in as much as I'd like to. This follows a woman who is in love with cooking. She likes to make exciting new creations that aren't exactly the Western norm. She often implements bugs/insects into her creations. She decides to move with the prospect of becoming a cook for a restaurant that is about to open that centers around entomophagy (bugs in food). This is an inspiring read and so delightful. While I know that there are several places in the world that have entomophagy cuisine, I never knew about all the different ways to prepare certain specimens. It can seem heavy on the educational side, but as someone who has basically no experience with the content I found it wonderful. I like that the cooking is not just about the entomophagy, but instead is also about bringing memories and emotion through the food. That was something that I've always been told when learning recipes from my family. I think it's something that everyone can connect with, even if they're not chefs. This book also has a diverse cast which I mentioned some of them are on the cover. There is a female-female romance featured in the story. The romance is also interracial. There are some Latinx characters as well as some black characters. I'm not too sure because they never openly discussed it, but I'm fairly certain there is also a side character that uses they/them pronouns. I HIGHLY recommend this graphic novel if you're looking for a contemporary graphic novel featuring queer characters and/or interested in cooking. I'd love a sequel or even just some sporadic issues of the main character trying new dishes or seeing her relationship evolve more.

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This was a really cute graphic novel on an extremely interesting subject. Inclusive of a wide range of people (and body types!) I think Meal can be enjoyed by a wide range of folks looking for light hearted food writing. Plus, insects are the food of the future (and the past), what a great way to be introduced to the subject though this charming story.

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Entomaphagy is a field that fascinates me. I'd love to visit a restaurant like the one in this book, so I was pretty into this plot. It's more than just "eat bugs, they're the future". Or even "how novel". It's about truly respecting them as food, the traditions that presented the ideas, the appropriate flavor palates.. These are ideas we don't really explore with any foods, much less with insects. Meal encourages us to really consider our relationships with food and traditions.

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