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  1 Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
Author: Knisley, Lucy Illustrator: Knisley, Lucy
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Class: 741.5973
Age: 16-19
Language: English
Descriptors: Graphic Nonfiction
Demand: Average
LC: PN6727
ISBN-13: 9781596436237
LCCN: BD13002119
Imprint: First Second
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pub Date: 04/02/2013
Availability: Available
List: $18.99
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Physical Description: 173 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm. H 8.34", W 6.07", D 0.55", 0.86 lbs.
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TIPS Subjects: Graphic Arts/Multimedia
Social Life and Customs
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir
LC Subjects: Cartoonists, United States, Biography, Comic books, strips, etc
Gastronomy, Comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels, United States
Knisley, Lucy, Comic books, strips, etc
SEARS Subjects: Cartoonists, Biography
Gastronomy, Biography
Graphic novels
Reading Programs: Accelerated Reader Level: 6.2 , Points: 2.0
Lexile Level: 970
Reading Counts Level: 7.6 , Points: 6.0
Brodart's TOP Paperback Titles | 04/01/2013
Open wide and let this foodie's memoir cleanse your palet as chef's daughter Knisley reveals how different food-centric moments in her life taught her about cooking and life in general. She also provides recipes. 192pp., Ill.
Starred Reviews:
Publishers Weekly | 02/11/2013
Ages 15-up. "When we eat, we take in more than just sustenance," writes Knisley (French Milk) in this nostalgic and funny food-centric memoir, and it's a fitting motto for the book and for anyone who takes even the slightest pleasure in cooking and, more importantly, eating. Having grown up surrounded by delicious food, thanks to her gourmand father and earthy superchef mother, Knisley looks back on her childhood and adolescence through her roving palette and voracious appetite for new tastes and experiences. With each memory Knisley shares, she shows that life, like a good meal, should be savored and that all food--even junk food--is more than "just fuel." For those uninitiated in the mysterious art of pickling, the nuance of cheese, or making sangria (yes, a couple cocktail recipes appear), Knisley's candid storytelling, deadpan humor, and clear-line cartooning make the book entirely accessible, extinguishing the pretensions that sometimes predominate the culinary world. Like a giant bowl of spaghetti carbonara or tower of huevos rancheros (recipes included), this is a book that teenagers and parents will savor in equal measure. Agent: Holly Bemiss, Susan Rabiner Literary Agency. (Apr.). 192p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2013.
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Booklist | 03/01/2013
Knisley, daughter of a chef mother and gourmand father, had the kind of upbringing that would make any foodie salivate, and she's happy to share. In this collection of memories studded with recipes, she explores how food shaped her family life, friendships, travel experiences, and early career as a cartoonist. Loosely connected chapters chart a child- and young adulthood surrounded by cooks and bakers, bouncing between Manhattan kitchens and upstate farmhouses, and through art school and the booming culinary scene in Chicago. Knisley's artwork has a classic, Richard Scarry vibe, and her illustrated recipes--from a family-special leg of lamb and huevos rancheros to the trick for perfectly sauteed mushrooms--are particularly delightful and inventive. Knisley tempers any navel-gazing impulses with humor, humility, and honesty, noting, for example, that even someone who loves fine food can still put away a truckload of McDonald's fries from time to time. Just about everything in this rambling memoir is handled with good cheer, which hints at the positive energy and personal fulfillment Knisley has wrought from her young life in food. Chipman, Ian. 192p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2013.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books | 06/01/2013
R. Gr. 7-10. In this graphic-novel-styled memoir, cartoonist Lucy Knisley tells twelve stories about her life growing up in and around food culture. Her mother is a brilliant cook and her father a discriminating eater, so she focuses on the way sharing meals is central to relationships. As sidelights to her autobiographical vignettes, she describes how food culture has changed in New York City and Chicago, places where she was on hand to see how restaurants, gourmet food stores, and farmer's markets went from being staffed by actors, musicians, and artists whose love for fine food outstripped their budgets to now being taken over by food professionals such as chefs and graduates of culinary arts programs. She documents how her mother's work connecting her city contacts with the farmers in her new home changed their small town into a foodie paradise, how she and her best friends discovered new food experiences in Mexico, Japan, and Vienna, and how frustrating it can be to try to replicate the taste of that perfect croissant with the warm, oozing apricot filling. Recipes of some favorite dishes are included, and everything is illustrated with full-color cartoons that guide readers through a recipe step-by-step, as well as through the various experiences of her life as a bratty daughter of divorce, a city kid displaced to the wilds of country life, a rebellious celebrant of junk food, a frustrated home baker, and a dedicated young server for her mother's catering business, to name a few. A subtle highlight of the book is her advocacy of hands-on work: she gracefully shares the secret delights of being a server and working at a cheese counter, jobs that might not seem glamorous but have undeniable fringe benefits for a food lover. Readers who are already food lovers are the obvious audience here, but those even those who aren't will have plenty to ruminate on through these coming-of-age shorts. KC. 173p. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIV. OF ILLINOIS, c2013.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine) | 04/01/2013
4Q 4P J S G. For most of us, a sudden whiff of something or the notes of a melodic tune are enough to conjure up memories from long ago. For the author of this graphic memoir, it is food that jogs her memory, shapes how she views the world, and comforts her while she is on her life's journey. Inspired by her parents and other family members, Knisley began working around food in her Uncle Pete's store at an early age. After her parent's divorced when she was seven, she moved to the country with her mother, a business woman who grew vegetables, raised chickens, and cooked. It was there that her mother encouraged her to be adventurous, goal-oriented, and generous. Eating, cooking, and serving are featured prominently in the text and drawings. Readers interested in cooking and the fine art of eating will appreciate the recipes and the food-filled anecdotes, such as when Knisley finds croissants in Venice that are so delicious she scoffs down five before she knows it. When she returns to the states, she becomes obsessed with trying to make similar ones that rival those eaten abroad. The book closes with a bonus: an afterword filled with full-color family photos. It is refreshing to see graphic novels with ambitious, conscious females. Just as the author acknowledges that her mother was an exceptional role model, so might young readers.--KaaVonia Hinton. 192p. VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES, c2013.
Review Citations
New York Times Book Review | 06/02/2013