Relish: My Life in the Kitchenby Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013
“Lucy Knisley's delightful drawings don't just tell great stories, they're a crystal-clear how-to guide to everything worth doing in the kitchen. Step aside, Joy of Cooking.” Alison Bechdel, author of FunHome
“Lucy Knisley is bringing comics into the kitchen.” USA Today
“Knisley's candid storytelling, deadpan humor, and clear-line storytelling make the book entirely accessible. . . . like a giant bowl of spaghetti carbonara or a tower of huevos rancheros (recipes included) this is a book that teenagers and parents will savor in equal measure.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“I plan on buying this book for every foodie I know.” Wired
“Just about everything in this rambling memoir is handled with good cheer, which hints at the positive energy and personal fulfillment Knisley has wrought from her young life in food.” Booklist
“A grand appreciation for the sheer joy of sharing a meal (and recipe).” Bookslut
“You're going to savor every page of this yummy graphic memoir.” Reading Rants
“Readers who are already food lovers are the obvious audience here, but those even those who aren't will have plenty to ruminate on through these coming-of-age shorts.” BCCB
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Meet the Author
Lucy Knisley was born in New York City, raised in Rhinebeck, NY, and educated in Chicago. She has come home to roost in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where she can be closer to her mom's cooking. Her comics about life, food, travel and her adventures have gained her a devoted audience on the Internet, and she is now doing food comics for the magazine Saveur, who just sent her to Africa. Lucy's first book, French Milk, is a travelogue about a trip to Paris. Relish is her most recent work.
Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of beloved graphic novels about memory, identity, food, and family. Her Alex Award-winning graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, tells the story of her childhood steeped in the food industry. It was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into five languages. Her travelogues (French Milk, An Age of License, and Displacement) and web comic series (Stop Paying Attention) have been lauded by critics, and her combined work has built her a devoted readership for her honest and thoughtful true-life stories. Her recent graphic memoirs include Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride.
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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley Graphic Novel First Second, 2013 173 pages Recommended for grades 8+ My relationship with food: I love good food. I also love a lot of bad foods. I love cooking if: I have enough space, the right ingredients don't cost half a paycheck, I have the correct cookware, and best done with or for someone that makes me smile. My reality of cooking: I often find myself too tired to create what I would like to be creating. With a reality like that you would think I'd find none of myself in the pages of this book. Wrong! Yes Lucy grew up around gourmet cooking, and she herself is a true foodie, but she is also 100% down to earth about food. The drawings are colorful and sweet. Each section of her story is divided by a recipe that came from the previous section. More than a story of food, also a story of one young girl growing up, and how food follows her through each phase of her life. Loved the back, filled with photographs of the people and places and times in her story. Fun read, for foodies or not! I made the recommendation of grade 8+ due to nudity and sexual references. They are not crude, but when deciding on adding a book to a classroom library you might like to know beforehand what's inside!