Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen [Review]

192 Pages [Paperback]
To Be Published: 2 April 2013
ISBN: 1596436239

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

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.

My Thoughts:
Relish is a comic that centers around Lucy Knisley's culinary upbringing. Her mom was a chef and caterer, amongst various other food-related jobs like selling cheese and working at a farmers market. Her father was a "food snob" - enjoyed the greatest foods life had to offer. Lucy experienced so much of the culinary world and traveled the world. Each memory tied to a delicious food.

The artistry is just adorable and the stories Lucy tells are funny, sweet, and genuine. At the end of each chapter, there is an illustrated recipe - cannot wait to try the pesto, carbonara, and spice tea specifically. It was easy for me to relate to Lucy's story as I feel like I'm just like her in terms of how I view life. I tie so many memories to food and I'm raising my kids in the same manner that Lucy was raised: lots of good food, variety, no crazy preservative-ridden food. She also ended with a Ray Bradbury quote from Dandelion Wine, which I thought was a perfect wrap up.

Thank you to Netgalley & First Second for the galley.

Previous Review:
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich {here}

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