Like a youthful, artistic Proust, Lucy Knisley's memory is strongly tied to her sense of taste. Through these memories, each with their own unique tastes and stories, Knisley crafts a wonderful illustrated memoir of a youth, growth, coming of age and beyond in Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.
From being a small child in New York City, to the shift of living in rural upstate New York, to trips into Mexico and France, each of these events is told with a charming, cartoon visual style in vibrant color. Punctuating each of these stories (which are equal parts delightful and poignant) is a recipe that closes each chapter, again illustrated with Knisley's warm cartoon style. You'd never guess that cartoon food would look so delicious, but somehow she pulls it off!
Don't let the fact we filed this book in the Young Adult section fool you, this is a great read for all ages. Just make sure not to read on an empty stomach; the book will definitely leave you craving some delicious food.
Tim @ Central