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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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ISBN13: 9781596436237
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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 book 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.

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"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 Fun Home

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"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

About 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. Lucys first book, French Milk, is a travelogue about a trip to Paris. She has a big ginger cat named Linney and a devoted love for the portion of the menu directly beneath the word "Desserts."

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, April 5, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Lucy Knisley is a graphic artist who also writes about food, travel and life in general. She grew up with parents who not only loved to eat good food, but who gave it to their daughter from the beginning. Knisley combines her artistic ability with the story of her childhood and early adult adventures with eating and cooking in her graphic novel, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.

Knisley’s stories of her early life in Manhattan and her days spent on a farm in upstate New York are interesting. She’s got a sense of humor and a down to earth writing style that’s endearing. For instance, she talks about the gourmet food her parents cooked for her, but she also talks about her cravings for junk foods and McDonald’s fries. Her story of being on her own in Mexico with her good friend while their moms were sick is really funny, and so is her story of trying to make the perfect croissants like the ones she remembers eating in Venice.

Each chapter ends with a recipe relevant to the story that came before it. My favorite was “Tough Cookie,” where Knisley tells of learning how to bake chocolate chip cookies as a way to make friends every time she moved to a new school. The recipe that follows is called, “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies,” and since I tried it out myself I can say that’s no exaggeration. There are a couple of “secret ingredients” that deviate from my normal cookie recipe, and that made the finished product so yummy.

There are other recipes I plan to try, like the ones for sautéed mushrooms, huevos rancheros and spaghetti carbonara. I can recommend Relish as a light-hearted, interesting memoir that’s fun to read and keep for the recipes.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Kimberly Lau, March 26, 2013 (view all comments by Kimberly Lau)
It is a delight to read a story that combines graphic and verbal illustrations. When it comes to foods, words could only describe so much. It's best to get the visual sense, as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596436237
Subtitle:
My Life in the Kitchen
Author:
Knisley, Lucy
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays & Narratives
Subject:
Women
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20130402
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 15 up to 20

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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