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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen Paperback – April 2, 2013
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And honestly, Knisley is such a bright and cheerful person who draws such bright and cheerful (and colorful!) pictures and shares such bright and cheerful food stories that it's impossible to feel bad when reading this book. I'm a big food lover myself, so I can identify with Knisley's inability to separate places she's visited from the food she's eaten while there. And the way she talks about potluck dinners and having friends over to share a meal - I absolutely agree with her, it's one of my favorite things in the world to have or attend a dinner party with close friends.
This book doesn't have a plot. It is episodic in nature, starting with Knisley's childhood first in Manhattan, and then in upstate New York, through trips to Japan and Mexico and then her college stint in Chicago. She ends each chapter with a recipe (shared in a lovely cartoon format that I thoroughly appreciated), and throughout the book she has a lot of other really interesting tips and tricks.Read more ›
While this is undeniably an autobiography of her life, it's also a story of food. Good food, bad food, and all that falls between those two groups. Knisley utilizes an episodic format with recipes or culinary advice sandwiched inbetween the tales. Most of the story is told in a linear format, but there are one or two mentions of her childhood later in the book. This works well, as it keeps the reader from getting too bored with the minute details. After all, meals are a relatively short portion of our lives and daily routine when you get down to it (even those meals that last for a few hours), so it makes sense that the stories should only be a few pages at a time. This might frustrate some readers that want to know more about a specific time period, though. I have to say that occasionally I wanted to read more about one or two things, such as Knisley's time at college.
The artwork was something I really enjoyed and it helped out in some instances where the words couldn't entirely portray the scene alone. Now you might be thinking "but it's a graphic novel- it's naturally reliant upon pictures, right?" I'd agree, but there are some instances in graphic novels where the scene is given a complete narration/description, but is so well depicted in the artwork that the written descriptions are superfluous and/or just a bonus extra.Read more ›
The illustrations were colorful, fairly easy to follow, and complemented the text. The story was a little dry in parts and I had a hard time getting into the story. The recipes inside were enjoyable to look at, but I hadn't had a chance to try any yet. Overall, I think people interested in food will enjoy this book, but as a stand-alone biography, probably not.
The art in the book is charming, and fits the story quite well. The recipes are a lovely touch. I was satisfied when I finished reading the book. And, yet, a little hungry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I was very pleased with what I read.This was one of the best books i’ve read, by far. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Charisma Calloway
Lucy Knisley is one of my favorite comic book memoir creators. Comics are really one if the few ways in which we can visually examine life in ways that no other medium allows. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Hector Ibarraran
I was really disappointed with this book. Knisley's attitude towards animals, and animal cruelty, is reprehensible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andria
A quirky short read that was most enjoyable. It reminded me what an important role food plays in our daily lives.Published 3 months ago by Ross Edminster
I've read and come back to this story over and over. It's not for everyone; there's a level of obsession with food that some will be unable to get and that's okay. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I’m a picky eater vegetarian who doesn’t like to cook, and yet I LOVED this book by an omnivorous chef’s daughter foodie. It transcends dietary preferences! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Skye Kilaen
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. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Vicki
Personally I loved this graphic novel. Also, I think it's worth mentioning, since a lot of reviewers seem to be unfamiliar with what a "Graphic Novel" is. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. Hosier