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Common Read Program


The Common Read program is designed to engage the FIT community in shared dialogue on issues that are relevant to the global community in which we live and learn.  The Common Read typically revolves around an engaging fiction or nonfiction book which has been selected by the Common Read committee. It is an introduction to our academic expectations, inclusive culture and the desire for meaningful dialogue and global community building.

FIT is delighted to announce the Common Read selection for 2014-2015: RELISH: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley 

 Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

In this Technicolor love letter to cooking and eating, Knisley presents her personal history as seen through a kaleidoscope of delicious things.

Defying the idea of eating as a compulsion and food as a consumer product, Relish invites us to celebrate the meals we eat as a connection to our bodies and to each other. Knisley’s intimate and utterly charming graphic memoir offers reflections on cooking, eating, and living – as well as some of her favorite recipes!


All first-year students are asked to purchase a copy of Relish to read over the summer; available at the FIT bookstore or from a number of other bookstores and publication retail outlets. If you are in need of an accessible version of Relish, please contact the office of Disability Services (FIT-Able) at 212 217 4093 for assistance.

Discussion Questions:

1.       After reading this book, in what ways does food play a role in our culture, community, coming of age and growth?

2.       Does food play a role in your cultural identity? If so, how?

3.       Was the book reflective of your creative interest, skills, etc? If so, how?

4.       How do you think the author came to the decision to write a graphic novel?

5.       What is the message that you received from reading the book?

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