Graphic Novel Review: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Graphic Novel Review: Relish: My Life in the KitchenRelish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
on April 2nd 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 192

A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.

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.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

I was honestly worried about reading this book when I first started a diet, but let me tell you, there are some yummy healthy ideas in this graphic novel as well. Beyond the fantastic recipes are great stories about Lucy’s life growing up with a mom who cooked for a living and all the experiences that brought her. There was one part that really struck me as funny was the way Lucy still talked about the appeal of junk food and even how she ate at McDonalds to spite her own father.

The illustrations in this book are as delicious as the recipes. I can also say that I tried a new food after reading this book – tomatillos. After reading the book, I saw them at my local market and had to try them. So delicious!

I enjoyed all of the vignettes and especially the recipes, which had illustrated instructions. I loved seeing the different experiences she had growing up and what types of foodie things she was able to do because of her mom.

Final Verdict:

Relish is a fantastic memoir filled with great illustrations and delicious looking recipes. I haven’t tried any of them out yet, but I plan on it.

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One response to “Graphic Novel Review: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

  1. I can't wait to read this.  I love graphic novels… and I really like ones that stand out.  I have heard a lot of good things about this one.  I have it on hold at the library right now!!



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