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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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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.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel 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.

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

Author: Lucy Knisley
Publisher: First Second
Published: 04/02/2013
Pages: 173
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 8.95h x 5.62w x 0.52d
ISBN: 9781596436237
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.2
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 156967 / Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Award: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Alex Awards - Winner
Award: Delaware Diamonds Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 02/11/2013 pg. 67
Booklist 03/01/2013 pg. 40
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2013 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2013 pg. 469
New York Times Book Review 06/02/2013 pg. 20
PW Best Children's Books 11/11/2013 pg. 29
Booklist Ed Choice Adu Bk YA's 01/01/2014 pg. 12

About the Author

Lucy Knisley was born in New York City, raised in Rhinebeck, NY, and educated in Chicago. She has come home to roost in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where she can be closer to her mom's cooking. Her comics about life, food, travel and her adventures have gained her a devoted audience on the Internet, and she is now doing food comics for the magazine Saveur, who just sent her to Africa. Lucy's first book, French Milk, is a travelogue about a trip to Paris. Relish is her most recent work.

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