Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: First Second (April 2, 2013)
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 inventions.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel 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.
I borrowed this book from the library a while back but didn’t get to it in time and had to return it because someone put a hold on it. When The Kitchen Reader chose it as their monthly pick I was excited to borrow it again.
I’ve only read one graphic novel before and didn’t really like it so I wondered if I’d like this or not. I did. It was interesting right from the first paragraph and not once did I lose interest. I liked following the author through her childhood and reading all about her relationship with her mom and dad, and friends. Both of her parents sound awesome and she seemed to adjust to change very well. I could relate to the fact that food triggers memories, because it does for me too.
One of my favorite stories was the one where Lucy and her friend Nelly backpacked through Europe. The part about her and the croissants she found in a tiny bakery in Venice was really funny. Another one I loved was when Lucy and her mom and her friend Drew, his mom and sister went to Mexico. I don’t want to add any spoilers, but believe me, Lucy and Drew had quite the adventure. And then some! The story didn’t really include Drew’s sister Mason so I was wondering where she was the whole time Lucy and Drew were exploring the city.
The graphics are adorable, colorful and clear, and there are recipes included in the book. That’s always a plus for me. The book is a quick read, it only took me about an hour to read it so it’s great for anyone who likes shorter books, or when you find yourself with an hour or two to spare.
Lucy Knisley is a really good author and illustrator and I loved Relish. I definitely want to read more of her books.
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