Skip to main content

Book Review: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley


Lucy Knisley's life revolves around food. The smells and tastes permeate her memories. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is Knisley's memoir of her life growing up in the kitchens and dining rooms of diverse restaurants and eateries around the world. A cartoonist, the author shares her story in graphic novel format. She tells of her family's love of food, her travels, her love of art and her involvement in the food industry herself.

As a young girl, Knisley moves from Manhattan to farm country with her mother upon her parents' divorce. Her mother is a chef and her father a gourmet; neither can stand the fact that their daughter loves McDonald's french fries. Mostly, though, she grows up with an appreciation for fresh ingredients and local flavors, whether the locale is her home town, Mexico, Japan or some other country to which she travels in her youth.

I enjoyed reading about Knisley's life and the role food played in her experiences. She writes her story in a fun, positive and energetic manner that is accented with full-color cartoon strips that show her life visually. At the end of each chapter, she shares beautiful, visual recipes of some of her favorite dishes. My favorite was the chapter in which she recounts her failure at recreating the most perfect croissants that she had tasted in Europe. At the end of the chapter, rather than give a croissant recipe, she shares one for sangria!

If you have any sort of passion for food, I highly recommend Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. This is such a fun memoir, both in the stories told and in the manner in which they are told. Knisley has a way with words and illustrations, and a way with transferring her love of food to her readers.

My Rating: 4/5

This review was written based on a copy of Relish that I borrowed from the library.

Comments

  1. Yay for Relish! I just wrote about this one too. I think my favorite part was that she made food so accessible and didn't make you feel guilty for your McDonald's french fries (or whatever your equivalent is).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I completely agree! I'll have to check out your review as well. I just happened to pick this one up at the library. It was a "blind date" book that was wrapped up so I didn't even know what I was getting at the time!

      Delete
  2. Hi Julie, looks like a fab book! How about adding your review to the Books You Loved collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the reminder. I added it. :-)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…

Book Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Published: May 9, 2017
Format: Paperback
Source: Random House Children's Books
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)


Tessa Lowell left Fayette, Pennsylvania, when she was just 9 years old, moving to Florida with her grandmother. Now she's a recent high school graduate and heading back to town to say goodbye to her dying father. With no family in town anymore, Tessa stays with the family of her former friend Callie, which is pretty awkward since she and Callie haven't spoken since they were little. Being with Callie also brings up questions that Tessa has held onto for the years since she's been gone. Questions about the testimony the young girls gave that sent a man to death row. 

I don't read many young adult novels, but The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas was touted as "the next twisted psychological thriller," so I decided to give it a try... and I'm glad I did. While the story moves r…