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Title:
Meal / Blue Delliquanti with Soleil Ho.
ISBN:
9781945820304
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[Chicago, Illinois] : Iron Circus Comics, [2018]

©2018
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151 pages : chiefly illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm
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"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."--Provided by publisher.
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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 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.


Author Notes

Blue Delliquanti is a comic artist based in Minneapolis. She is the author of the Lambda-nominated comics O Human Star, which has updated at ohumanstar.com since 2012. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies, including Beyond, New World, and FTL Y'All. Soleil Ho is a Vietnamese American chef, writer, and podcaster. Her writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, The Atlas Review, Paste, On She Goes, Edible Manhattan, TASTE, and Bitch. She hosts two podcasts: Bitch Media's revered Popaganda podcast and Racist Sandwich, an award-nominated podcast on food and intersectional politics.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this sunny, charming foodie comic, aspiring cook Yarrow moves across America to work at a new restaurant. The twist: it's dedicated to entomophagy, or insect-eating. A fervent believer in the future of bug cuisine, Yarrow already raises her own mealworms and whips up dishes for herself and her friends: "Fresh batch of mealworms with cinnamon and sugar... and that's what I call breakfast!" But she has a lot to learn from stern head chef Chanda. Soon the staff is busy working with bee larvae, silkworm pupae, grasshoppers, tarantulas, and cricket flour, while Yarrow shyly pursues a romance with local mural artist Milani. Throughout, the creators drop in knowledge about gourmet cooking, restaurant work, and the history and global culture of edible insects. A manga influence shows in the outsized depictions of Yarrow's high-energy enthusiasm, but the uncluttered, thickly inked artwork by Delliquanti (Oh Human Star) is very much her own. The diverse cast are simply drawn but the food looks delicious-and, for readers inspired by the lively cooking scenes, recipes are provided in the back. This fresh and tasty comic provides an enticing introduction to a less-traveled area of cuisine. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.