Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley is a wonderful graphic novel about her lifelong relationship with cooking. Lucy grew up in a household where food was always central. Her mother ran a catering business, grew her own food, and operated a farmer’s market stall. Due to this constant exposure, Lucy based many of her memories on food. Huevos rancheros reminds her of her adventures in Mexico with her best friend. Croissants remind her of the time she backpacked through Europe with a close college friend. Sushi takes her back to her travels in Japan. Hot chocolate, burgers, and fries remind her of traveling Italy with her father. Baking sweets became her way of working through stressful times in her life. Accompanied by these recorded memories are delicious recipes that are fun to make. After reading this graphic novel, you will gain a new appreciation for the importance different types of food can have on impacting people’s lives.
Genre: Non-fiction graphic novel
Setting: Modern-day Mexico, Italy, Japan, New York, and Chicago.
Number of pages: 173
Themes: Family, friendship, travel, growing up, and cooking.
Is this good for a book club? This would be good for book clubs that enjoy books about food.
Objectionable content? There are discussions of alcohol, periods, and pornographic magazines.
Can children read this? Teenagers would enjoy the stories.
Who would like this? Anyone who loves food.
Rating: Five stars