Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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Macmillan, Apr 2, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 173 pages
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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 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


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Raised in upscale New York by foodie parents and friends. She dined on the finest of foods and at gourmet parties. Then her world turned upside down, her mother divorced and moved her to the country. There she learned how to grow food and make fresh food products. She found out food doesn’t just appear on the shelf at the markets.
Her mother started baking, when they found they had too many egg laying chickens. This was the start of her cooking her mother told her if she wanted something she had to learn how to make it herself. Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Her parents horrified by processed foods were shocked by her rebellious desire to eat junk food. Yes, she found Lucky Charms, thanks to her class mates. It gets worse, more horrifying, she ate at Micky D’s while in Rome !!!! Where did her parents go wrong ???
As she travels the world and grows through her teenage years she learns much about herself and the foods in the world.
When she grows up her lust for food lingers. She tastes a croissant in Venice that drives her crazy with need. (I totally understand this) She has to make them ! Even her graduation fro Art school does not take her from her love food.
Miracle Whip is a Monster !
This fun adventure of a born foodie is sure to delight anyone who has enjoyed food. The illustrations are funny and well drawn. Big, bonus, there are several recipes to make at home.

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About the author (2013)

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.