Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

RelishAuthor: Lucy Knisley

Publisher: First Second  (April 2013)

Genre: Graphic Novel/Food

Source: Public Library


One of the first graphic novels I read was Lucy Knisley’s French Milk. It was so charming that it made me want to dabble more in this genre. Lucy Knisley has now relesed another novel that is sure to convert even more readers: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen.

When Ms. Knisley thinks back over the pleasant memories of her life they almost always involve food. She comes by it naturally as her mother is a chef and she has experienced food at it’s best. The stories told in Relish are sweet and heartwarming. Best of all you can experience them in full color.

MomsPestoEvery chapter features a story and a “recipe” of sorts. The “recipes” are not the classic list of ingredients followed by the directions. As you can see above, there are drawings of the food items you need and a general hint of how to put them together. This isn’t meant to be a cookbook. It does, however, have some good ideas on making good food. For instance, following the Mom’s Pesto (above) is a page of “Best Tips and Ideas” when making and using pesto. Examples: Add lemon to pesto to keep the bright green color and try a dab of pesto on a slice of avocado.

Relish is short and sweet and loads of fun to read. I’m sure most readers will be prompted to recall their own past experiences that are linked to food. I know I did. Someday I’ll have to tell you about big family Sunday dinners when I was a kid and had to sit at the kids table.

In the meantime, read Lucy Knisley’s memories. Look for the chapter about Lucy and junk food. With a gourmet chef for a mom, she had no idea what those items were. Don’t be concerned abut the term graphic novel. It’s like reading an old-fashioned comic book. Anyone remember Little Lulu? Like those old comic books, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is pure fun.

I’m linking this post to Weekend Cooking, a meme sponsored by Beth Fish Reads.


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7 Responses to Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

  1. I thought this book was delightful too! Except for her parents’ divorce, I thought Knisley had a charmed life.

  2. JoAnn says:

    I loved French Milk and wish my library would purchase a copy of Relish. Have a feeling, I’ll have to buy it myself though.

  3. Fun! There are days when a visual recipe would be a great way to go for me.

  4. Staci says:

    I adored French Milk so I must get my hands on this one!!!!

  5. Aarti says:

    This was so much fun! I really enjoyed it, too.

  6. Beth F says:

    I loved Relish and loved learning about Knisley’s childhood among foodies.

  7. Sue Jackson says:

    Wow, what a unique book! It looks very interesting and a lot of fun.

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