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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Paperback – April 2, 2013
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Gr 6 Up-In 12 autobiographical vignettes, a comic artist recalls growing up surrounded by a love of food. Knisley shares coming-of-age experiences in tandem with recipes for some memorable dishes. All are illustrated with full-color cartoons that guide readers step-by-step to the creation of these culinary delights. α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Knisley, daughter of a chef mother and gourmand father, had the kind of upbringing that would make any foodie salivate, and she’s happy to share. In this collection of memories studded with recipes, she explores how food shaped her family life, friendships, travel experiences, and early career as a cartoonist. Loosely connected chapters chart a child- and young adulthood surrounded by cooks and bakers, bouncing between Manhattan kitchens and upstate farmhouses, and through art school and the booming culinary scene in Chicago. Knisley’s artwork has a classic, Richard Scarry vibe, and her illustrated recipes—from a family-special leg of lamb and huevos rancheros to the trick for perfectly sautéed mushrooms—are particularly delightful and inventive. Knisley tempers any navel-gazing impulses with humor, humility, and honesty, noting, for example, that even someone who loves fine food can still put away a truckload of McDonald’s fries from time to time. Just about everything in this rambling memoir is handled with good cheer, which hints at the positive energy and personal fulfillment Knisley has wrought from her young life in food. --Ian Chipman
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The illustrations were colorful, fairly easy to follow, and complemented the text. The story was a little dry in parts and I had a hard time getting into the story. The recipes inside were enjoyable to look at, but I hadn't had a chance to try any yet. Overall, I think people interested in food will enjoy this book, but as a stand-alone biography, probably not.
Kinisley has had me in her illustrative storytelling grasp for almost a decade. Her work never loses its charm. That's because she tells real stories with heart. Her illustrations have such life that it never fails to color her books for me.
Packed with recipes and lovely drawings of kitchen life, it's bound to make foodies proud and newbies ready to roll up their sleeves and explore - or order Blue Apron. Lol
The only negative thing I have to say concerns the Kindle version of this graphic novel. Usually digital versions of comics are displayed as one page at a time and you can zoom in to enjoy the art closer up and read tiny text.
Not with this Kindle version. Whoever formatted this must have never read or enjoyed comics, since they decided to display two pages at once on the screen and there is no option to zoom in. I'm reading this with the Kindle app for the Ipad mini, so having to read a comic in this fashion is irritating. I am unable to fully appreciate the art since the pages have been minimized in order to fit two pages on the screen. But I guess there's no worries about missing out on the text, since by tapping randomly on the screen I can have the text boxes enlarged, but not the entire page. I say randomly since sometimes the text boxes will enlarge if I'm trying to swipe to get to the next set of pages and I can't exit out of the text boxes unless I cycle through all of the text boxes. And just to peeve me off more, by enlarging the text box it actually blocks out parts of the comic panels. That seems like extra hard work to go into this digital version and manually set up these text boxes to enlarge, when they really could've just allowed the reader to zoom in and move around a single page.
I really should've sent a sample page to myself first but it didn't occur to me someone would format a digital comic in this most idoitic fashion. This is actually my first time buying a Kindle version of a comic, I usually buy my e-comics somewhere else, but at least I know now to avoid buying any more Kindle comics. If there was a way to rate digital formats separate from the contents of the actual comic book itself, I would rate it a 0. As for now, I'm just returning it for a refund. It's current digital format is just too much of a pain to try and read.
And honestly, Knisley is such a bright and cheerful person who draws such bright and cheerful (and colorful!) pictures and shares such bright and cheerful food stories that it's impossible to feel bad when reading this book. I'm a big food lover myself, so I can identify with Knisley's inability to separate places she's visited from the food she's eaten while there. And the way she talks about potluck dinners and having friends over to share a meal - I absolutely agree with her, it's one of my favorite things in the world to have or attend a dinner party with close friends.
This book doesn't have a plot. It is episodic in nature, starting with Knisley's childhood first in Manhattan, and then in upstate New York, through trips to Japan and Mexico and then her college stint in Chicago. She ends each chapter with a recipe (shared in a lovely cartoon format that I thoroughly appreciated), and throughout the book she has a lot of other really interesting tips and tricks. For example, she has a two-page spread on cheese that I found fascinating and even shared with my boss at work the next day.
Knisley is much more down-to-earth about her food than a lot of food writers are. While she grew up on all sorts of gourmet dishes and enjoys them, she also likes McDonald's fries and Ramen soup. She points out that America is still growing into its food culture and that we can all help shape and define it in a way that fits us best. And that sometimes, if you want something to taste really good - you should just buy it from a professional! It's a refreshing and fun take on food culture, and one that I really enjoyed.