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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen: 05/19/16
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley is a graphic novel memoir about growing up with foodies for parents. The book is a series of memories outlined by their link to a specific food. It's the short, sweet, funny, and illustrated modern-day version of Prout's À la recherche du temps perdu.
As a child of a chef, Knisley grew up around organic food, fancy cheeses, gourmet recipes. When her mother catered events, she was there serving guests. She also, on her own, learned the joys of candy and fast food.
Knisley's memoir also includes trips to Mexico and Japan and the effect the food had on her. Mexico was probably a more successful trip as she's allergic to soy, so the Japanese food was a bit of an obstacle course.
Just as I felt a connection with her memoir of the cruise she took with her grandparents, I felt it here too. We're about the same age and we have similar, intersecting interests.