Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley


Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Review by Lauren

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copy for review, but all opinions are our own

Official Summary: 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.

Lucy Knisley

Review: This full-color graphic novel was such a treat (yes, pun intended). Lucy's memoir focuses on events in her life that helped shaped her and her current obsession with food. I think it's safe to say that most of us love our food...but it can be kind of difficult to branch out and try new things. Relish certainly made me want to try a variety of foods and hopefully visit other countries to do so. One chapter in this book is all about Lucy's trip to Mexico and all the food she was able to try. Apart from the food, this trip marked a progression in her and her friend's life, as they were both about 14 and growing up.

I loved how Lucy mixed "episodes" in her life with the food and atmosphere that surrounded her at the time. Lucy loves good food, but she's not what you would consider a "snob" as she's just in love with McDonald's as your average foodie. She knows it's not great for you, but she also understands that it just tastes good and sometimes that's all you need...even if her mother (a wonderful chef) doesn't agree.

page from the book


Obviously a plus of this book is the recipes at the end of every chapter. They all, somehow, relate to the proceeding chapter as well. In the chapter on Lucy's trip to Mexico, she includes a recipe for Huevos Rancheros. You can see how the page is set up below. I love that there are illustrations throughout the recipes as well. It keeps the whole book flowing as one.

page from the book


I'm trying to read more graphic books and I'm glad to have had the chance to check out Lucy's work (I will certainly read more by her now). I love the color and cartoon drawings. There is also plenty of text along with the illustrations, so you feel like you're reading a full story and getting enough for your money. Always a plus with graphic works! It's also a memoir that many can relate too, even if you haven't been through the same exact things Lucy has in her life. It's still a story about the love of food, family, friends, and self.

15 comments:

Cecelia said...

I loved this book, too! So charming and sweet, and the FOOD. OMG, it made me hungry.

Liviania said...

It seems like everyone loves this! I want to read it.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love the way this is handled. Of course now you have me hungry for huevos rancheros! LOL

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

How cool! I love food, and love reading & watching shows about food. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

Aylee said...

Reading this would make me SO hungry!! Haha. Well, what a neat idea for a book. For a graphic novel, especially! I have never heard of anything like, how original! Cute drawings, too. Thanks for this review, Lauren - very enlightening! I would also like to get into graphic novels more.

GABY said...

Sounds like a fun book!! I loved the 'It's All McDonald's fault' page hehe

....Petty Witter said...

I've never read a graphic novel since my early teens but this one certainly appeals, thanks for recommending it.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Sounds sweet and like a great treat, lol

Erika said...

I think I would love this book - it looks awesome! :)

Rachel said...

This is such an original concept for a graphic novel, I love it! The example of the huevos rancheros looks wonderful and makes the recipe seem very doable and easy. I like the fact that her own personal story is mixed in with recipes. Great review, and thanks for bringing this read to my attention! :)

Candace said...

I don't really read graphic novels, but I do love the art! I'm not sure why they don't appeal to me as stories more, but this one definitely looks good! It's such a creative and unique idea!

bermudaonion said...

I loved this book too. I swear I could be friends with Lucy but I wouldn't eat everything she does.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

This looks like so much fun! Love the colored pics and hey any book with comic strip pics is always enjoyable!

Lauren Elizabeth said...

This looks so cute! Though I'm sure it will make me hungry while I read it. :-) Great review!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this looks so cute and fun!


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