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'Relish' a savory foodie comic memoir

Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley Credit: Lucy Knisley

NYC cartoonist Lucy Knisley grew up with a mother who was a chef, so its not surprising that her sophomore graphic novel would be a foodie treat.

“I’ve grown up among a family preoccupied with food,” she says. “I’m delighted that I can make comics — my favorite medium of storytelling — to celebrate food, my favorite topic.”

“Relish” is one part a graphic memoir of her life, but it also lays down serious food knowledge and mouthwatering recipes.

Knisley, who will be discussing her book at WORD tonight in Brooklyn, turns her recipes into easy to follow comics, showing the ingredients and techniques.

Comics are a lovely way to bridge the learning gap between cooking from a recipe and cooking from watching someone do it,” Knisley says.

But do New Yorkers, with kitchens in their living rooms, even cook? Despite offering up recipes for home chefs, Knisley says it isn’t the kitchen size that keeps locals from cooking.

“It’s the proximity to many amazing restaurants!” she exclaims. “It’s hard to muster the gumption to cook something wonderful when you [can] have something incredible that you were craving at your door in 15 minutes!”

Lucy Knisley will be at WORD Thursday night at 7, 126 Franklin St., Greenpoint, 718-383-0096

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