Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Being raised by food-lovers gives Lucy a unique perspective on all aspects of growing, locating, preparing, and (most of all) enjoying the wonderful eats of the world. Her artistic abilities and touchstone recipes capture these food memories on the page in appetizing color.

Her mom headed up famed NYC emporium Dean and DeLuca's cheese department while expecting Lucy; that explains much about their shared delight in dairy products. After her parents divorced, the city kid found herself in the country as her chef-mother began a gourmet vegetable farm and kicked off area farmers' markets. The freshness of the produce made up a little for the lack of taxis and take-out, but Lucy did enjoy going back to Manhattan to visit her dad and fine restaurants there (he loved Mom's cooking, but didn't ever cook).

Through her growing-up years, Lucy mastered the ultimate chocolate chip cookie as a way to connect with new classmates (and shares the recipe), ate her way through a small Mexican town (oh, Huevos Rancheros!), helped her mom during catering gigs (leftover pesto is great), and headed off to art school in Chicago with her tastebuds ready for foods both familiar and new.

This graphic novel autobiography will whisk readers to far-off places (imagine being allergic to soy in Japan!), peaceful country farms (except for those malicious geese), and restaurants large and small as the young artist shares her favorite recipes and her lifelong foodie love affair with Relish.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at

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