Blue Delliquanti (Author) Soleil Ho (Author)


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.

Product Details

$15.00  $13.80
Iron Circus Comics
Publish Date
December 25, 2018
5.5 X 0.4 X 8.1 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Blue Delliquanti is a comic artist based in Minneapolis. She is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated comic O Human Star, which has updated at 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, Oh She Goes, Edible Manhattan, TASTE, and Bitch. She hosts two podcasts: Bitch Media's revered Propaganda, and Racist Sandwich, an award-nominated podcast on food and intersectional politics.


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

"A great story with a diverse ensemble cast." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"This is a complex, well-told story with interesting, distinct, and diverse characters and a compelling plot complemented by the artwork." -- VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

"A lovely tale about youth, friendship, and learning that's completely sumptuous." -- NERDIST

"An exceptional cooking comic, whetting the appetite for these unconventional dishes with appealing descriptions and illustrations." -- AV CLUB

"Simply delightful." -- BOOK RIOT

"MEAL does an amazing thing through enthusiasm, patience, and information -- it opens your mind." -- COMICS BEAT

"A fun production that teaches us all to have faith in ourselves and have the bravery to find connection in a scary, unforgiving world." -- BLACK NERD PROBLEMS

"Meal embraces entomophagy, and the people who love it, with openness, humor, and affection." -- BUGS FOR BEGINNERS

"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