15786110Relish by Lucy Knisley
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarstar
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A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.

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 book 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. – Goodreads


Relish is food love come to life. I spent this entire book wanting to eat, wanting to love food nearly as much as Lucy loves food. Through use of the graphic medium, Knisley makes the sight and smell of food come alive. Knisley comes from a food background where the love of food was ingrained in her from birth. Her mom was a chef, her family has forever loved food and Knisley loves food.

In each chapter Knisley discusses a time period in her life where food held importance to her and then proceeds to finish the chapter with a recipe. Throughout this book I felt like Knisley was sitting next to me sharing her childhood stories like an old friend. From her youth where she ate extremely fancy food (while yes sometimes yearning for the typical childhood food), to that time in Italy where she was snippy with her father because they were both tired and she was a teen who didn’t want to eat fancy food anymore to present day, where she left home for college and came back because the smells and taste of home can really be repeated. While my heart went out for her throughout the hard times and the good times, I couldn’t stop devouring this story not just for the recipes but for the storytelling, the art, the love that came through the pages.