In my August column at PopMatters, I look at Lucy Knisley’s memoir, Relish (First Second, 2013) as a cookbook:
My suggestion here is more “both and also” than “eiher/or” in intention. More precisely, I think that Relish works as a cookbook because it is also a memoir. Critically, it’s not simply the combination of life stories with recipes that makes the book work in the way that it does, but also that it’s a comic. Knisley’s drawings, as well as her “voice”, is what personally connects her stories with her recipes in a fashion that shows cooking to be approachable and fun rather than rarefied and technical.