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Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury: 06/01/16

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal continues where the previous book left off. Rutabaga having helped the king with his magical creature is ready for adventure and leaves in search of new recipes and adventurers to cook for.

Anything can be a good recipe (assuming it's not poisoned) and Rutabaga is willing to try any recipe at least once, even if that involves cooking with spider webs. His skills as a cook also help him see what's wrong with the presentation of food (even if it's a fictional one). But sometimes even a brave cook gets into the fire too and gets to be the hero.

Plotwise, Feasts of Fury reminds me of a happy mixture of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (with nods to Shakespeare) and Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (also with nods to Shakespeare), but with Rutabaga being the minor character suddenly thrust into the leading role. Rutabaga, though, with his bald head, big ears, and expressive eyes also brings to the role a certain Aang-ness (without the special avatar abilities, unless he's the avatar of adventure cooking).

Rutabaga's adventures and misadventures are tied together with hilarious reaction shots to whatever's going on, or to a failed recipe, or to hearing a really bad or stupid or dangerous idea.

Some of my favorite reaction shots from the book.
Some of my favorite reaction shots from the book.

Five stars

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