Author: 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.
Every 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.