My Life in the Kitchen

Knisley, Lucy

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe-- many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions" -- from publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York : First Second, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596436237
Characteristics: 173 pages : illustrations (chiefly colored) ; 22 cm
Alternate Title: My life in the kitchen


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Jan 14, 2015
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wish all cookbooks were like this! With anecdotes yes, but mostly with wonderfully and clearly drawn sketches for cooking/baking! A fun and short graphic memoir!

Nov 14, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_StephenA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a quick and fun graphic memoir about growing up with food that's really easy to relate to. It also has some great illustrated recipes - I use the one for huevos rancheros on a regular basis!

Presented as a travel journal about the month she spent in Paris the winter before graduating from college, this is a love letter to Parisian food, museums, and shopping, as well as a look into depression and the angst that comes with the reality of facing adulthood. With mostly single-panel illustrated journal pages and some photos, this is a quick read and a nice slice-of-life memoir.

Jul 12, 2014
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a very enjoyable read. I didn't know what to expect - a graphic novel cookbook?- and found a delightful memoir of growing up with a profound love of and joy in food. I appreciated that this graphic novel was neither dark, angst-ridden or have tortured superheroes. Kinda like indulging in your favourite comfort food. I will be trying the recipes that are included (fun commentary along with the instructions). Recommended to those who love food and to those who enjoy exploring a different kind of book.

Jun 13, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Lucy shares lessons learned about food, cooking, and life.
- Selection Team

May 22, 2014

A treat reminiscent of Reichl's "Tender at the Bone". Relish similarly has the whole fascinating-life-story-anchored-around-food type thing that I so enjoyed in Reichl's work. Nothing delights me more than memoirs in Graphica and Relish did not disappoint. Recommended!

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lucy Knisley's graphic novel Relish: My Life in the Kitchen zigzags between biography, cookbook, travelogue, and manifesto of all things culinary. What's more, her fun, vibrantly colorful artwork often made me very hungry. This is the mark of success for such a book.

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Apr 20, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Relish is a heartwarming coming-of-age memoir about discovering some of the finest culinary delicacies the world has to offer. Lucy Knisley's story is elegant, colorful and doused with a homegrown humor sure to make you smile. She chronicles growing up in New York, traveling, going to art school, living on her own, and her entire life is punctuated by good food.

Tried-and-true recipes from the author's own experimentation book-end each chapter. These are a nice flourishes though the book's heart remains her own story.

Mar 28, 2014
  • ISTALKYOURBOOKS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was a random pick for me. I flipped through the pages and thought wow this is kind of unique compared to the graphic novels I read. I never imagined that I would end up loving this book. This book deserves more than 5 stars. Go ahead purchase/checkout this book. You won't be disappointed.

Feb 23, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this playful, food-focused memoir. I found her very relatable. Knisley put her talents to good use making this graphic novel, and I loved the creative way she drew the recipes that closed out each chapter. This is cataloged for teens, but I think readers at any age could enjoy it. She also has a super cute and creative résumé at

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Jun 27, 2014
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Jun 17, 2013

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