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Relish

My Life in the Kitchen
Knisley, Lucy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Relish


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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.
Authors: Knisley, Lucy
Title: Relish
my life in the kitchen
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 173 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,22 cm
Summary: "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.
Alternate Title: My life in the kitchen
ISBN: 9781596436237
1596436239
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 Kn
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Report This Apr 20, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Relish is a heartwarming coming-of-age memoir about discovering some of the finest culinary delicacies the world has to offer. Lucy Knisley's story is elegant, colorful and doused with a homegrown humor sure to make you smile. She chronicles growing up in New York, traveling, going to art school, living on her own, and her entire life is punctuated by good food. Tried-and-true recipes from the author's own experimentation book-end each chapter. These are a nice flourishes though the book's heart remains her own story.

Report This Mar 28, 2014
  • gothgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was a random pick for me. I flipped through the pages and thought wow this is kind of unique compared to the graphic novels I read. I never imagined that I would end up loving this book. This book deserves more than 5 stars. Go ahead purchase/checkout this book. You won't be disappointed.

Report This Feb 23, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this playful, food-focused memoir. I found her very relatable. Knisley put her talents to good use making this graphic novel, and I loved the creative way she drew the recipes that closed out each chapter. This is cataloged for teens, but I think readers at any age could enjoy it. She also has a super cute and creative résumé at http://www.lucyknisley.com/about.

Report This Jan 29, 2014
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Be prepared to get hungry and feel many and varied food cravings while reading this book.

Report This Jan 03, 2014
  • BarbLB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lucy's stories of growing up with "foodie" parents were a treat. Her descriptions of the food she ate or prepared were so mouthwatering that I wanted to try them at once! I enjoyed the travelogue aspect of this book also. It reminded me a bit of Peter Mayle's Provence books, but in graphic format. Travel and food, two of my favorite things!

Report This Dec 23, 2013
  • StefanieGeeks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Delicious recipes interlaced with bright pictures telling stories linked to sense memories... a true delight! Side note: Knisley's chocolate chip recipe is to die for.

Report This Dec 23, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have to admit up front I'm not the ideal audience for this book. Yes, I enjoy food and have even been called a foodie. I have a lot of fun in the kitchen learning new things, cooking for others, and trying experiments for myself, and have been told I have some instinctive talent. I have been hooked on Iron Chef, Anthony Bourdain, and other Food Network shows in the past. Food movies, too. But recipe books have never excited me--rarely interest me at all, in fact--and I haven't ever encountered food writing that I was able to get into. ----- So I knew going into Relish that the recipe and food aspects of the book probably wouldn't hold huge appeal for me (though I do love the idea as a thematic approach) and hoped to connect with it from a storytelling angle. I was able to, but wasn't blown away. Knisely is a good enough storyteller that I was interested and engaged, but I think she could have structured her stories much more effectively and used much more vivid, evocative language. I found Chapter 5, "Getting Ours," the most successful and appealing. It's clear to me that she is an artist first, because her illustrations were the strongest part of her book. Visually, her storytelling is top notch--appealing, engaging, vivid, evocative, and all the other descriptors I've wished would have been stronger in her words. So while I wasn't blown away, this is definitely a good book and I can understand why so many other readers have enjoyed it more than I did.

Report This Dec 20, 2013
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The smell of baking cookies brings back memories of mother's kitchen...Biting into a fresh tomato recalls the garden behind your childhood home...Watching the yellow powder and milk combine to create delicious macaroni and cheese reminds you of your first apartment. For author Lucy Knisley, as for many of us, food is a trip down memory lane. With a caterer mother and foodie father, her life has been defined and marked by some of the best (and worst food). A graphic memoir, this book touches on the food that has shaped her life, from sushi visiting a childhood friend in Japan to the junk food her parents never allowed. A wonderful, and mouthwatering, read for anyone who loves to eat or cook the book also includes about 10 recipes for childhood favorites like cookies, pickles, sushi, and more!

Report This Aug 25, 2013
  • ThomasLove rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author's voice really shines through and shows her to be a little pretentious and very human. That's not really a bad thing. It made me want to cook, so I'm reading COOKED by Micheal Pollan now.

Report This Jul 29, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This fun food memoir by the daughter of a city foodie and a country foodie provides many interesting contrasts.

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