Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
A memoir about the omnipresence of food in the author's life, from her earliest memories to her early adulthood. Knisley's parents worked as caterers, and she was raised in a variety of food-focused settings influenced by her father's gourmand tastes and her mother's back-to-the-earth lifestyle. The rich color enhances the humorous depictions of a life-long fascination with food. The story of Knisley's childhood vacation in Mexico with minimal parental supervision is particularly funny. Recipes illustrated as comics separate the chapters.
Appeal: Female narrator, mother-daughter relationships, food, cooking, memoir
Art: Bright, colorful, ligne claire
Text: Enthusiastic, conversational, descriptive, narrative
Other: Knisley was born in New York and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has written another memoir, French Milk, about living in Paris with her mother.
Awards: Relish won an ALA/YALSA Alex Award in 2014. It had a starred review in Kirkus Reviews.
Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life In The Kitchen. New York : First Second, 2013. Print.