Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen A Vibrant, Food Themed Memoir From Beloved Indie Cartoonist Lucy KnisleyLucy 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 InventionsA Welcome Read For Anyone Who Ever Felt 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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  • Paperback
  • 173 pages
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
  • Lucy Knisley
  • English
  • 01 January 2018
  • 9781596436237

10 thoughts on “Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

  1. says:

    A foodie graphic novel This is getting ALL THE STARS Do not attempt to read this book if you are hungry Do not attempt to read this book if you are even thinking about being hungry Lucy Knisley was born to two people who love food She was introduced to a sophisticated palate pretty much at birth This book is told as a memoir of her growing up years Food and tastes serve as memories for her and me so she takes us on a journey of her childhood through food.She moves to the country with her caterer mom after her parents divorce and encounters a whole different perspective of food Not always in ways she likes There is also a trip to Mexico that involves porno mags, unknown amounts of the sugar high and coming of age for her and her friend Drew.Then she also spends some time with Dad In Paris The city of food What does Lucy do She craves those crispy McDonald s fries, sneaks out and gets her some Sometimes even foodies need some grease.This is a fun book whether you are a food lover or a food to live kinda person Plus there are recipes In comic form How awesome is that

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    I ll be honest.I avoided this one for so long because I heard it was part graphic novel It s just not my thing But recently, I just can t get into anything, and I just wanted to read about my favorite thingFOOD I love reading cookbooks or food memoirs, etc So finally, I decided to pick this one up And I m so glad I did What a charming book Lucy Knisley was always surrounded by food Her parents, foodies , instilled these values in her at a very young age Lucy was never one to open her box of Cheerios or Frankenberries at breakfast I laugh at children today who only eat foods that come out of a box and then are individually wrapped in plastic wrap Yes, I write this while eating an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for breakfast..what Yeah, I m being lazy today but atleast it s a homemade cookie Lucy grew up surrounded by food and what better way to tell this story than through moments in her life where food played a major role To working catering jobs with her mom, to picking organic mushrooms on an upstate New York farm to sell at a farmers market, to writing reviews for her Aunt on food in restaurants, to visiting Mexico and discovering the wonderful world of Mexican food I loved the graphic picture parts too Each chapter is a food related story and it includes pictures to accompany the story And, even better, each chapter includes a graphic depiction of a recipe Awesome There are a few I want to try out especially the mushroom one, which I m on a huge mushroom kick now.I m kinda envious of her youth, growing up surrounded by good food, recalling moments in those years through stories of food Some of my childhood food memories I cringe at today Perhaps I m just a bit of a food snob now I m so glad I picked this one up and gave it a shot If you are food obsessed, you will not be disappointed with it Even if your not a fan of graphic novels I plan to pick up her other books too each story told in graphic form And I ll not wait so long to get to those ones.

  3. says:

    Oh my, I loved this If you love graphic novels, read this If your a foodie, read this I loved the authors diff stories about her relationship to food

  4. says:

    One of the most interesting parts about publishing books with cooking in them is recipe testing them We run into people all the time who are like, Publishers actually make all the recipes in the cookbooks they publish to make sure they work Are you crazy But of course we do the same way that textbook publishers check all the facts that are in their textbooks Cookbooks are one of the easiest things to mess up with accidental typos, second to math books if you change just one number, a whole recipe could be ruined was that 1 or 11 tablespoons of salt We try our best to make sure that does not happen Mostly our editor does the recipe testing in our office, but I m pleased to say that I have so far tested three of the recipes in Relish, and they were all delicious Lucy says that she tried to present the recipes in a format that was intuitive and allowed for creativity, and as someone continually making vegetarian substitutions in her recipes, I found that structure to be very helpful.

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    I was unlucky in birth I mean, sort of Really everything went pretty swimmingly save for the fact that I was born with a very narrow palette My range of acceptable tastes and textures is lean and withered I am, others have judged, a picky eater This was not me I m fine with a small battery of stand bys meats, potatoes, dairy, most fruits , but vegetables and items with exotic textures remain holy and set apart for sacrifice to other eaters I mean, I absolutely adore steamed artichoke, but broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes not a vegetable, I know , and non Idaho potato roots twist my expression into something sinister Mussels, oysters, and sushi are a rocky row to hoe fourteen years ago when I interviewed for my current job, I was taken to sushi, gave it a chance, and nearly drenched my prospective employer in regurgitation I mostly stick to safe things these days, out of habit and out of fear.With all that in mind, think about how incredible Lucy Knisley s book must be to make me want to a prepare things like a plateful of mushrooms, a gaggle of sushi rolls, or a good pesto, and then b try actually eating the product of those recipes Relish, Knisley s personal history via gustatory memory, is simply wonderful I haven t been this exuberant about a reading experience in a while There are better, thicker, challenging works available and as far as importance goes, the 173 page paperback doesn t hold a candle to, say, Building Stories or Duncan the Wonder Dog But that hardly matters as I m pretty well convinced that I had fun reading Relish It s that much fun Curvy Knisley s memoir is composed of twelve short chapters that roughly trace the chronology of her life, and each pericope develops around the various foods she associates with those stories She intersperses narrative delights with recipes for favourite foods and a helpful fact sheet explaining the complicated world of cheeses None of my description of this, however, conveys the pleasure and excitement Knisley s pages draw forth.Her work is bright, colourful, humourous, and best of all exuberant The joy Knisley evidently takes in the act of tasting is translated almost perfectly fn1 through both her narrative choices and the manner of her execution Her characters are lively and their expressions telling She narrates her story with a confident voice and as much as she talks about food, good food, and even gourmet food, Knisley never approaches that smug condescension that has become the signature delight of the foodie crowd Here, wait I ll share with you the piece that utterly won me over early on in the book Click to read without squinting That right there is golden I will confess that perhaps nothing else in the book grabbed me quite so well as the image of young Lucy dreaming of all the geese that would be foie grased into her belly over the succeeding years but the rest isn t far off And at the end of the day, Relish does probably exactly what it sets out to do 1 Make Lucy Knisley seem like an awesome person with an infectious love for food.2 Infect the reader with that love for food.3 There are probably other things the book sets out to accomplish as well like talk about stuff that happened, share information about food, underscore the fact that Knisley s mother is a bitchen cook, make divorce seem sad Stuff like that It s all there and it s all at some level of important But end of the day Relish is about a young woman s love of food and how you will be drawn into that love s blackhole gravity until you become one with a love for food too.Remember I almost vomited on the founder of the company I was trying to work for all because the taste and texture of high quality toro put my throat into convulsions And now I think I want to try sushi again As it turns out, many of the things we eat are sinister And not all of them are meats Footnotes1 I only say almost to leave her room for improvement even though I can t imagine in which direction she could improve.________________________ Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad

  6. says:

    I was a child raised by foodies I almost puked at the opening sentence The precious musings of a privileged art school student who grows up surrounded by good food and learns to appreciate home cooked meals The highlights of this book are the recipes which I m excited to try and the author s art works well here illustrating different techniques and food preparation I also loved that the author grew up near Greig Farm and both her and her mother worked at the farm stand Greig Farm is great but this story is not Overall this still felt like a web comic to me short vignettes that don t really connect to create a story arc In fact, I finished this wondering what the point of this story was It read like your friend that goes on vacation and only tells you what they ate I grew up in the village and ate oysters, then I moved to Rhinebeck and grew vegetables, then I went to Japan and ate sushi, then I went to Mexico and ate Mexican food, then I went to Europe and drank hot chocolate, etc At some point I was a total rebel and ate boxed mac and cheese Also my mom shot the Kate Hudson Vanity Fair cover and I served her coffee It doesn t seem like the author has much to say If you combine random events, details about your quaint bohemian upbringing, lots of name dropping and all the things you ate, you don t necessarily end up with a story or at least one that is interesting to read.

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this This is told as a story about her life and she it telling you, with a panel or two what happened In some ways I wish she had just told it like a story about her life.The art is fun and the recipes in the book look great I would love to try them It makes me want to go out in the world and try lots of different food I have wanted to go to Alina for 2 years now and I wondered if she went while in Chicago She did She has eaten all over the world I like to travel simply to eat their food too.A different lovely kind of book It was good I am loving the company first Second who is putting out these great stories I have enjoyed everything I tried They are true stories I need to find a way to look up a list of the graphic novels they produce They are on it

  8. says:

    Relish is a foodie memoir for the non specialist a gourmet s gift to the ordinary gourmands among us, told with love and verve from a unabashedly personal, often child s eye perspective It s about growing up around good food, great cooks, and passionate eaters Alternately charming and frustrating, the book wobbles from guileless self absorption to attempted deep insights, aided considerably by Knisley s crisp, delightful cartooning and gorgeous color palette I kept wanting to dislike it, and finding myself charmed also wanting to like it, and finding myself put off.Those of us I include myself accustomed to tell all graphic memoirs will probably be frustrated by Knisley s skirting, or rather her only glancing acknowledgment, of real emotional complexity The book hints at various displacements, separations, tensions, but its approach is palliative, always celebrating shared cooking and eating as balms to the soul Essentially, the book is a loving paean to her mother and her mother s cooking, but dotted with other, sometimes spot on, sometimes undeveloped, anecdotes Its sense of structure is local, that is, most notable on the chapter level as a whole, the book ambles on vaguely if agreeably, not quite finding a center other than the simple idea of loving food and those who make it.At its worst, this determinedly light touch seems to lure Knisley into a blithe sort of narcissistic entitlement, as when her anecdotes about traveling and eating in Mexico and Japan turn into foodie travelogues about Knisley and her fellow expats and what they ate, just about excluding any specific depiction of the Mexican and Japanese subjects they encountered along the way I found this, to put it mildly, bothersome Consistent with this dare I say shallow approach is the way Knisley narrates, i.e summarizes, certain hard won insights, instead of dramatizing how she came to win them That gives the insights a potted, received, familiar quality rather than the force of genuine discovery The thing is, Relish truly is a loving book, and I can imagine readers getting quite a bit out of it I do love Knisley s way with the page, with drawing and with color She can cartoon and design pages up a storm, and there are moments, humorous and neatly visual, of such delectable payoff that I hate to complain I won t be getting rid of Relish anytime soon, even though I think it doesn t really work as a book.So I will look out for further work by Knisley, even though, I have to say, the naivete evoked in this book made me quite impatient with her as a writer Relish hangs in my mind as a tasty series of anecdotes that strains after book worthiness but doesn t quite get there.

  9. says:

    Final rating 3.5 starsGoing through graphic novels has really helped me rekindle my love of reading My poor attention span is forever indebted to you talented artists out there Relish is about Knisley s relationship with food I tend to avoid memoirs because often than not they have this holier than thou tone I can t commit to This was an exception Knisley is relatable and not just in a look at me I m quirky and relatable type of way I found myself laughing every now and then, which books rarely do for me Lots of fun illustrations with recipes thrown into the mix for good measure I ll get around to making these cookies eventually.P.S The reviews are going to be on the short side for now.

  10. says:

    I remember food like that too, Lucy The roadside taquerias, the garden fresh greens, my grandfather s pickles, ripe jungle fruits, the hot falafel and hummus, the bread bowl stews mmmm That s why I loved your book so much A graphic food memoir checks several of my favorites boxes plus, I am a big fan of your art and style, after reading your 2015 Displacement A Travelogue a few months ago Your book was charming and sweet, telling your family s story, your own, the cities you ve lived and traveled to, and of course, the richness of amazing foods throughout your life I loved your graphic recipes why isn t this of a thing other artists need to do this a whole cookbook even and I am gonna try your chocolate chip cookies, sangria, pesto, and huevos rancheros recipes myself Read for 1 my appreciation of Lucy Knisley s work 2 food growing, cooking, baking, preserving, eating2 Book Riot s 2016 Read Harder Challenge a food memoir

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