"My most vivid memories consistently jog my brain with the recollection of how things tasted. I'm lucky to have grown up with cooks and bakers, eaters and critics, and meals to remember. My memories were formed in conjunction with my palate, collected along with photographs of shared meals from my childhood."
So begins the story of artist and foodie Lucy Knisley. Instead of cupcakes for her birthdays at school, her mom brought out the blowtorch and fixed her class creme brulee.
When other kids were playing with dinosaurs and dolls, Lucy was learning to shuck oysters with precision and learn the fine art of making homemade chocolate chip cookies in order to make new friends. While I grew up on macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, cereal, and canned vegetables, Lucy ate poached salmon, duck confit, huevos rancheros, and fattened goose liver. In fact, when she found out about junk food, it was like a guilty pleasure that her parents never quite understood.
Lucy's graphic memoir is full of juicy and witty stories about growing up in the culinary world. I recommend you give Relish a try and see if it doesn't satisfy your craving for a good, fun, turn-paging book.