Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Relish book review


“The book you’re reading contains a collection of my favorite stories, crammed with the taste-memories that draw them up through my mind from years ago. I hope that you find your own appetite piqued, and you remember a time you tasted something that would shape you for years to come.”

Lucy Knisley grew up with foodie parents. Here she recollects, in comic form, her experiences growing up around delicious gourmet meals and surrounded by people passionate about food.

The graphic novel format for memoirs is something I am REALLY digging lately. This is particularly awesome. Lucy is a talented artist, she’s good with words, and she includes some of her recipes. This girl is a triple threat! As she discusses her childhood, food is a central part of the tales and at the end of each chapter there’s a recipe relating to her stories, tying it all in a neat bow.

The art is enjoyable – it’s more comic-strip style rather than flowery and intricate, but I like it. It’s a fun, playful style. I found myself flagging the book with post-its, both for parts that I found interesting AND for the delicious recipes that I want to try.

I love people who love food, and while I don’t have quite the fancy food upbringing, I would love to get to eat ALL the kinds of food someday. This book was happy, adorable, and made me want to COOK. I’m moving this week, so hopefully my motivation to try some new recipes lasts until I can get the kitchen stuff unpacked.


Sarah Says: 4 stars






  1. My boyfriend read this book and said it was great but I didn’t get around to reading it before we had to return it to the library. He’s into food too and loves watching all those cooking shows like Masterchef and Top Chef which I’m now hooked on too. If you need motivation to cook, watch one of those! And you’ll get hungry too…best watched while eating! 🙂


    1. You should get it from the library again! It was good, and quick to read.

      I’m always just a bit wary of watching those shows because I KNOW they’re gonna make me hungry, lol. Like I need an excuse to eat, right? But I DO want to cook more stuff.


  2. I don’t even know where I read about this, only that I did and I reaaaaaally want to read it! And now even more so! I am also digging the graphic novel/memoir thing of late- have you read Persepolis? Because that is AWESOME.


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