Saturday, January 17, 2015
Relish - Review
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: In this graphic novel Lucy Knisley tells the story of her upbringing with food loving parents.
Why I Picked This Book: I really hadn't enjoyed Knisley's book French Milk but everyone was raving about this one. When I saw Trish's review of it and she mentioned that fact that she hadn't loved French Milk either I figured it was worth a try.
So despite the good reviews my expectations were pretty low going into this. I had found French Milk pointless so I didn't expect this one to change my mind. Except that it was kind of awesome. Once I got used to the format - which did take several pages - I was caught up in the quirkiness of the story.
In graphic novel form Lucy tells the story of her parents and growing up in a household obsessed with food. I think I really started enjoying this book when Lucy and her mother moved to upstate New York after her parents' divorce. For a kid born in Manhattan country living took some getting used too. When Lucy called herself a brat for her behavior on a trip to Italy with her father I laughed and liked her just a little bit more. The descriptions of food are mouthwatering and made me long to hurry to the nearest cheese counter. The stories are funny and range from coming of age to random but are all food related. I enjoyed this one as much as I was apathetic about her previous book.
She included recipes at the end of each chapter which were very clear. The cookies and carbonara have both been calling my name and if it was summer I'd already have made the pesto.
If you love food books but are iffy on graphic novels this is one to try.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I would definitely be interested. While I won't be clearing out the graphic novel section of my local library I'll be more open minded about trying them.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, though give a few pages so that you get used to the format.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (R), Foodie Reads, Library Challenge
This post is being linked up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads