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Review: Relish

April 12, 2013


Food has always been a big part of Lucy Knisley‘s life – after all, her mother was a chef and her father was a foodie long before being either was popular.  When she was seven, Knisley’s parents divorced and she left New York City to live in the Catskills with her mother.  It was culture shock at first but she eventually adjusted.  When it was time for college, she left the country to pursue an art education in Chicago.  She stayed there for a while after receiving her degree and has finally settle back in New York.  What she’s come to realize is that her most vivid memories revolve around food.  She shares many of her memories in Relish, her newest graphic memoir.

I first became aware of Lucy Knisley when I read her first graphic memoir, French Milk.  I thought that book was fantastic and think Relish is even better!  I loved this book and didn’t want it to end!  As you can tell by the cover, the full color illustrations are fantastic and her stories are wonderfully entertaining.  I would love to take a trip with Knisley but wouldn’t eat all the things she does – she eats,  and enjoys, just about everything.  She even includes a few fully illustrated recipes in this gem of a book.

If you enjoy graphic memoirs and/or food, you’ll want to pick Relish up – Knisley has a wonderful, refreshing outlook that you won’t want to miss!

Review copy provided by Amazon Vine.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2013 4:24 am

    I love the book title. I would like to read both books. Not familiar with the author.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    April 12, 2013 6:53 am

    OK you all are making me crazy! I loved French Milk, and really want to read this one but for some reason my library isn’t carrying it (yet). I keep checking.

  3. April 12, 2013 7:03 am

    You know I loved this too.

  4. April 12, 2013 7:03 am

    Sounds great!

  5. April 12, 2013 7:34 am

    What Sandy said! (although I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who hasn’t gotten ahold of this yet!)

  6. April 12, 2013 7:46 am

    I have only read one graphic novel in my life — I loved it, so I don’t know why I don’t pick them up more often. This one sounds delicious 🙂

  7. bookingmama permalink
    April 12, 2013 8:28 am

    This looks fantastic! I still need to read her first one!

  8. therelentlessreader permalink
    April 12, 2013 9:50 am

    I’ve heard good things about this, and about her first book as well. I’ll definitely be getting to the both of them one day. I really like to read graphic novels during Dewey’s read-a-thon 🙂

  9. April 12, 2013 10:01 am

    I loved French Milk – can’t wait to read this one!

  10. April 12, 2013 10:42 am

    Admittedly, both of her books have slipped right under my radar. I’m not a big foodie reader (tell that to my bathroom scale, ha), but there have been a few that have been good so I’m willing to give this a go.

  11. April 12, 2013 10:48 am

    I need to decide whether to drag myself out of the house on Tuesday night to go see Lucy Knisely speak at our library. (I have obligations both Monday and Wednesday next week, so I know it’ll be tempting to just stay home). I haven’t read the book yet (and can’t remember if I read French Milk! I know I had it out from the library for a while, but may have had to return it unread) but I just know I’ll like this author based on reviews.

  12. zibilee permalink
    April 12, 2013 12:11 pm

    I just got this one, and am excited to read it. The reviews have been really positive and I really love foodie literature, be it in graphic novel form, or otherwise. Nice review!

  13. April 12, 2013 12:45 pm

    This one sounds delicious! I love foodie literature and this one is also graphic to boot. What a great combination.

  14. talesofwhimsy permalink
    April 12, 2013 1:12 pm

    I gotta get my hands on this one. Great review!

  15. lab1990 permalink
    April 12, 2013 1:42 pm

    I’m glad you really enjoyed this one. It’s on my TBR pile…coming up soon. I love that it has color photos; always a plus with graphic novels.

    Lauren from

  16. April 12, 2013 1:54 pm

    I’ve seen this around on a few blogs and am dying to read it now! Great review 🙂

  17. Patty permalink
    April 12, 2013 5:47 pm

    I knew I should have chosen this one…maybe it will be in Last Harvest! Thank you so much for sharing! Your words are lovely!

  18. April 12, 2013 7:10 pm

    This sounds very appealing to me. Excellent review!

  19. April 12, 2013 7:25 pm

    Oh, I knew Lucy Knisley’s name was vaguely familiar. I read French Milk last year! Good to see that she has a new book too.

  20. April 12, 2013 9:45 pm

    Love the title…. think I would love this book.

  21. April 12, 2013 10:37 pm

    oohhh this one sounds delish!

  22. April 13, 2013 2:33 am

    I like food – the author is new to me and so is graphic novels. Is it something similar to comic books?

  23. April 13, 2013 2:50 am

    This looks like such a gem! I hope I get to read it soon. I didn’t realize it was part of an autobiographical series. The illustrations are so charming.

  24. April 13, 2013 2:30 pm

    I have French Milk on my shelves. Good to know there’s another if I like it.

  25. April 13, 2013 2:43 pm

    Folks have really been enjoying this. I may give it a try even though I wasn’t a big fan of French Milk. But this does look cute 🙂

  26. redladysreadingroom permalink
    April 13, 2013 3:04 pm

    I haven’t been drawn to reading graphic novels although this one sounds great! I love the cover art as well so that is an indicator that I need to look for this book.

  27. April 14, 2013 1:33 pm

    I checked this one out from the library and I’m itching to own it, I loved it so much. Especially the chai recipe!

  28. April 14, 2013 4:17 pm

    I first learned about this one through BFR a few weeks ago and it sounds so good! I didn’t read French Milk but will have to put that on my list, too. Hopefully my library has copies of these.

  29. Lauren Smith permalink
    April 14, 2013 10:22 pm

    I am a FOOD lover! Sounds like a good book. Putting it on my list. My best friend recommend to me the book, “Ring EXchange – Adventures of a Multiple Marrier” by author Pam Evans. Honesty, humor, and a heartfelt message for readers. LOVED IT!!!!

  30. April 17, 2013 6:37 pm

    I loved French Milk…must go see if my library has this one!!!!!!!!!!!

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