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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Book Review: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

I was looking to read a book that would be a break. Something on the lighter side, no big thinking, ideally short. And I was looking through books from my work when I remembered this one that several stores have recommended to me, which was published before I started working here. I've read her more recent books, so I thought I'd go back and check this one out too.

It was utter perfection. Exactly what I was looking for. It's a series of essays (the chapters are pretty chronological but each can stand on its own) and Lucy growing up in a world of food. Her mother had worked at the original Dean & Deluca's and eventually has her own catering business, where Lucy often works as a kid. Her father is a big foodie who loves eating out. Lucy is an adventurous eater with a particular fondness for cheese (her mother started out as a cheese monger as well.)

This is a graphic novel which works very well with food as food is a visual experience as well as taste and smell--and at least that one component can be addressed here. It's amazing what she can convey. I ended this book very much looking forward to my next meal, and certain it would be cheesy.

This book is published by First Second, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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