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.
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.