Relish: My Life in the Kitchen ~ Lucy Knisley

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Rating: 4/5

Want easy recipes in a different format than cooking, with more emotional baggage to inspire you? This is the graphic novel for you. Knisley knocked my socks off with this food memoir, and I’m not sure why I hesitated for so long before picking this up. Clearly, this is a genre I need to break into, as I am all about food.

Knisley’s art style was right up my alley, with beautiful full color panels that create an experience that draws in every sense and emotion. I loved the feelings she imbued in every recipe, and I love that she shared her recipes and encouraged readers to take a crack at their own creative spin on the recipes provided. Even the recipes are in graphic novel format, with pictures for most of the ingredients and a kind of round about way of presenting the order of operations, rather than the typical list found in recipe books.

Her coming of age story fascinated me the most. I loved how involved in the food world both of her parents are, and how she grew up learning about and experiencing food whether she liked it or not from a young age. Knisley definitely had some challenging experiences, but the way she tells her story feels exciting and unique.

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