Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 150 x 215 x 15mm | 372g
  • First Second
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • full colour illustrations throughout
  • 1596436239
  • 9781596436237
  • 39,324

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Lovingly illustrated and annotated in her bright, cartoony style. --NPR

Between chapters, Knisley offers simple, neatly diagrammed recipes (chocolate chip cookies! pesto! sangria!). Her language, like her drawings, is precise and uncluttered. --New York Times

"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

"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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About Lucy Knisley

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.
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Rating details

20,136 ratings
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3 20% (3,934)
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1 3% (637)

Our customer reviews

I love my food. I remember events according to what restaurant I was at, what I was eating, what I was cooking, the tastes, the smells, sigh. I love my food. Relish is a welcome graphic novel and is completely different in formatting than any other food related book or graphic novel that I've read before. The comic panels are charming and easy to follow along with. The story is just as easy to get into. The bonus: recipes. Recipes that I actually want to try. I'm not sure if it's just the way that Knisley talks about food and the role it plays in her life or if it is the way she describes it that makes me hungry for everything she talks about. Either way, when I slow down enough to remember I will take her advice and relish what I have. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest more
by Jessica
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