Relish

Relish

My Life in the Kitchen

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : First Second, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596436237
1596436239
Characteristics: 173 p. : chiefly ill. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: My life in the kitchen.

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Lieslwerner
Jul 21, 2017

Lucy Knisley grew up surrounded by good food. Her mother was a cheesemonger when Lucy was in utero, and owned a catering business by the time Lucy was in high school. Her father who loved to eat in fine restaurants stayed in the city when Lucy and her mother moved into the Hudson River Valley when she was in grade school. Lucy reflects on her life growing up surrounded by magnificent food in this brightly and sensitively drawn graphic memoir, which includes illustrated recipes. Recommended for older readers due to the acknowledgement of pornography and alcohol. Age level: 12+

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s390325
May 15, 2017

I usually don't read graphic novels, but I really loved this book! I really liked the way she tells her story of growing up, and her relationships with family and friends through food-related memories. She explains cooking and her experiences in the food industry in a way that makes it feel accessible. I have frequently felt defeated trying to cook mushrooms, but with her beautifully illustrated recipe, I feel encouraged to try again! Similarly, her "guide to cheeses" made me feel better that I don't really know how to describe or classify cheese! Her descriptions of food and the taste of things is so powerful, you will find yourself getting hungry reading this even if you didn't think you were! I highly recommend this book.

LPL_KimberlyL Apr 21, 2016

A mouth-watering graphic novel, perfect for anyone who just loves food. Lucy Knisley's art style is just as charming as her personality, and the recipes she includes are perfect for chefs, noobs, and anyone in between. Satisfy your inner foodie, and pick this one up!

FindingJane Jan 11, 2016

With a protagonist whose sensual palate helps formulate her memories, the reader is led on a taste-filled journey through the past. Ms. Knisley grew up with foodie parents, surrounded by cooks, bakers, eaters and critics. This graphic novel is the wonderful result.

Her tales of her father’s out-of-house dining in various restaurants and her mother’s in-house cooking that made her guests beam with pleasure are just the tip of the iceberg. Ms. Knisley traveled to foreign countries and sampled their cuisines. She worked in a cheese shop. She learned to bake (when her mother refused to make her boring chocolate chip cookies). She survived attacks by mean-spirited hens and roosters. The joys of Mexican food are contrasted with the bewildering experience of Japanese cuisine, which was torture for someone allergic to soy. (The jet lag was considerable and the prices of city food too astronomical for Lucy’s mother to manage.)

Her story is by turns sweet, sour, tart and bitter—as one would expect in a book about food. The illustrations are colorful and more than serviceable with food given prominence but not more so than anything else. Did I mention there are recipes in this book? Yes, there are, and they are written in easily accessible language and accompanying graphics that make them simple to follow.

This is a book I would heartily recommend to anyone who enjoys food, not only for its taste but for the vital role it plays in our lives.

Ms. Knisley recognized that food appreciation ranges the gamut for those who think of it as merely sustenance to those for cooking and eating are acts to be savored, as much as contemplating the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. This is a book I would heartily recommend to anyone who enjoys food, not only for its taste but for the vital role it plays in our lives.

PimaLib_SarahB Oct 15, 2015

Great story, great art, & lots of yummy looking recipes.

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skyekilaen
Sep 21, 2015

I’m a picky eater vegetarian who doesn’t like to cook, and yet I LOVED this book by an omnivorous chef’s daughter foodie. It transcends dietary preferences! It’s the story of Knisley growing up with food, and how it’s interwoven into her relationships, work, and life – intermixed with illustrated recipes for some of the dishes she describes.

Knisley is a wonderful cartoonist, and a thoughtful storyteller. Her encounter with a Richard Sera sculpture while working as catering staff at a museum party has particularly stuck with me, as an intersection in her life between food and art. If you’re at all interested in food, storytelling, autobiography, or books about families, please do check this one out.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen zigzags between biography, cookbook, travelogue, and manifesto of all things culinary. What's more, her fun, vibrantly colorful artwork often made me very hungry. This is the mark of success for such a book.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/relish_knisley

PoMoLibrary Jul 09, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Justina: This author and cartoonist is amazing...her book makes me want to try new foods!

lbarkema Jan 14, 2015

I wish all cookbooks were like this! With anecdotes yes, but mostly with wonderfully and clearly drawn sketches for cooking/baking! A fun and short graphic memoir!

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Nov 14, 2014

This is a quick and fun graphic memoir about growing up with food that's really easy to relate to. It also has some great illustrated recipes - I use the one for huevos rancheros on a regular basis!

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