Last week, I was at Greenlight Bookstore, in Brooklyn,
interviewing the artist Lucy Knisley about her new book, “Relish.” Knisley is
an amazing artist, who draws vibrant and elegant comics, and her book is a
graphic-novel memoir about growing up with foodie parents. I was very, very
interested in her perspective.
Talking with Knisley and reading her book gave me a chance
to see how cooking for the family looks from the child’s point of view. What happens when a child is raised on
braised foie gras and home-grown arugula?
In Knisely’s case, she loved it, though she did go through a
period in her teens when she rebelled by eating junk food. She had a wildly
unique experience (as I mentioned in my interview with her, it is as if the
rest of America has only now just caught up with the food of her youth), and I
couldn’t really use her book to figure out what effect my food might be having
on my girls, who find arugula too bitter and would surely turn their noses up
at foie gras.
Still, food and cooking for Knisley seems to be what is for
me, and what I hope it will be for my girls—a wonderful way to enjoy life,
bring people together, and make sense of our time here.
If the beautiful art and the poignant story of “Relish,”
isn’t enough, each chapter in “Relish” ends with a recipe. It’s a really fun
and moving book, and I suggest you pick up a copy. Her publisher, First Second Books, has put up a preview on its site. You can view it online.