The Delicacy

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Pub Date 08 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 08 Jun 2021
IDW Publishing, Top Shelf Productions

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Rare and delicious fungi spell trouble for an ambitious restaurateur in this sumptuously painted graphic novel from one of Scotland's most imaginative young cartoonists.

Tulip and his brother Rowan have left the simple comforts of their remote Scottish island with a plan: to grow succulent, organic vegetables in an idyllic market garden, and to open a restaurant serving these wholesome culinary delights to the busy sprawl of London.

The world of fine dining seems impossibly competitive... until they discover a deliriously scrumptious new species of mushroom. The dish brings diners in droves, catapulting their small restaurant to success beyond their wildest dreams.

Now, pressured by the demands of a hungry city, Tulip is desperate to crack the secret of their new ingredient's growth. But just how much will he sacrifice to feed his own insatiable ambition?
Rare and delicious fungi spell trouble for an ambitious restaurateur in this sumptuously painted graphic novel from one of Scotland's most imaginative young cartoonists.

Tulip and his brother Rowan...

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I really loved this one. The bright, vibrant artwork in the story pulls you in and the story makes you want to find out what happens next. Truly a page turner.

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This book was an absolute wild ride. It starts off with this charming family, with their charming dreams drawn in this charming art style. And then goes off the deep end. I’ve never seen a book swerve from complete coziness into absolute dread the way this one has. I love the characters and the plot so much. Very nice.

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I loved the loose, lush, painted art of this graphic novel, and the plot (although it had many conventional beats) was a wild ride! I loved the themes of connection, spite, superiority, careerism in the plot, but it was a bit unendingly cynical and nihilistic. Then again, that almost seems like a rational response to these times. While the plot and thematic elements of this graphic novel aren't new or even a little tropey, the vividness of the main characters, the propulsiveness of the plot, and the symbolism of the mushrooms really made this a fun read.

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Two brothers, Rowan and Tulip (Danny), embark on an adventure after inheriting a large property from their aunt and uncle and go from living on a small island in Scotland to London. As to what to do with the property, they struck up an ambitious plan of growing the finest vegetables on their property in the country and serving them up in a restaurant in the city. Since both brothers each have their strengths, one a gardener one a cook, it starts out great enough. It turns out an ingredient grown on their farm, a glorious mushroom, has made the patrons of the restaurant acquire an insatiable appetite for them. And the quest to keep up with production begins. A great story with just enough twists, turns and mystery to keep you reading. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. And the artwork was beautiful, too.

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This book is amazing! The illustrations just LEAP off the pages with bold colors and artwork that has a lot of movement. Really wonderful illustrations and very unique story that had a surprising ending. The dialogue is great and I love the characters! <i>Thanks to NetGalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.</i>

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James Albon gifts us a story about two brothers that have a dream of growing and creating amazing food in the city. After their aunt and uncle disappear, they are left with a substantial inheritance near the city, which will make most of their dreams come true. Once in London they discover that dreams take time to flourish, or do they? One day they discover a rare and exquisite mushroom that grows in a remote patch inside their estate, little did they know, this rare find will unravel in one of the cities must coveted dining places and in the thing that will finish them both. The book is amazing and the art is breathtaking. This is a highly recommended book.

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