by Blue Delliquanti, Soleil Ho
Pub Date 25 Dec 2018
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A Junior Library Guild Selection
“This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of cuisine.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"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 talenteddevotees 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.
“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