09 June 2013

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Summary from Goodreads:
A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.

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.

I can't remember where I first heard of Relish.  Possibly Josh, of Brews and Books, on a Bookrageous podcast.  But I do remember that when I first saw it in the store I bought a copy immediately.

First off, Lucy Knisley is a fantastic cartoonist.  I just loved her style.  Second, she tells stories that you want to read.  The chapter where they go to Mexico and the adults all get food poisoning?  Brilliant, hilarious, squirm-inducing, and so truthful.  The chapter about finding perfect croissants?  Living upstate with her mom?

As a bonus, Knisley has included recipes for sangria, chocolate chip cookies, carbonara (yum), etc. in between the chapters so you get a memoir and a cookbook in one!

ETA: Congrats to Lucy Knisley - Relish was named a 2014 Alex book!

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