Mom the chef, Dad the gourmet,
Lucy the adventurous eater
(and secret junk food lover).
Memoir, graphic novel, and best-of-best recipes for your delectation fill this yum-worthy tale of artist Lucy Knisley‘s growing-up years in a food-worshiping household.
If reading Relish doesn’t make you want to try your hand at rolling sushi or making your own summer pickles (it’s all drawn there for you in vivid color), well, then you should just page back through and stir up some Carbonara or Mom’s Pesto.
What foods bring back wonderful memories of your younger years?
Have you captured those recipes already?
My book talk: Being raised by food-lovers gives Lucy a unique perspective on all aspects of growing, locating, preparing, and (most of all) enjoying the wonderful eats of the world. Her artistic abilities and touchstone recipes capture these food memories on the page in appetizing color.
Her mom headed up famed NYC emporium Dean and DeLuca’s cheese department while expecting Lucy; that explains much about their shared delight in dairy products. After her parents divorced, the city kid found herself deep in the country as her chef-mother began a gourmet vegetable farm and kicked off area farmers’ markets. The freshness of the produce made up a little for the lack of taxis and take-out, but Lucy did enjoy going back to Manhattan to visit her dad and fine restaurants there (he loved Mom’s cooking, but didn’t ever cook).
Through her growing-up years, Lucy mastered the ultimate chocolate chip cookie as a way to connect with new classmates (and shares her recipe), ate her way through a small Mexican town (oh, Huevos Rancheros!), helped her mom during catering gigs (leftover pesto is great), and headed off to art school in Chicago with her tastebuds ready for foods both familiar and new.
This graphic novel autobiography will whisk readers to far-off places (imagine being allergic to soy in Japan!), peaceful country farms (except for those malicious geese), and eateries large and small as the artist shares her favorite recipes and her lifelong foodie love affair with Relish. (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.