Saturday, May 25, 2013

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley


It ain't no joke, and it ain't no secret...I adore Lucy Knisley and her work. I fell in love with her first book, French Milk, and the love just kept right on rolling -- like a big, beautiful aged cheese -- right on into her new book, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. 


This is where I got the cheese inspiration, FYI. I had to share an actual beautiful enthralling foodilicious page with you. I'd be a horrible person if I didn't. 

As the subtitle says, this book is all about Knisley's relationship with food growing up. Her mom was a chef, caterer and Admirer of Food. Her dad is a gourmand. Loves to eat it, doesn't cook it. And this illustrated memoir contains episodes from Knisley's life and how she related to food as she was coming up. Each chapter ends with an illustrated recipe. 

I've come to a major conclusion: there is nothing cuter than illustrated food. I got a taste (ha!) of this in French Milk, but Relish really seals the deal. While I love gazing upon beautiful food photography, there is something equally as charming and alluring about the illustrated ingredients Knisley introduces to the reader. I was tantalized. 

I also love Knisley's laid back, quirky personality which shines in this book. See below. 


As other bloggers have mentioned, I also like the fact that Knisley takes food seriously, she savors it, but she's also forthright enough to admit that while she was raised on the Best of the Best, she still digs junk food here and there. She's not pretentious, she's just awesome. 



Want to learn more about Lucy Knisley??? Well, heckfire, she did an ILLUSTRATED INTERVIEW here on this very blog back in 2010. I think it's worth a click if you have some time. 


Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.




Pub. Date: April 2013 
Publisher: First Second
Format: E-book
ISBN-13: 9781596436237
Source: Purchased by moi!


29 comments:

  1. What more can one add to this statement: "She's not pretentious, she's just awesome." Yes!!!!

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    1. LOL, Candace! I couldn't think of any better way to put it. ;)

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  2. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! My sister is a chef and I think she would absolutely adore this. Her birthday is coming up so I'm thinking I could get it for her and then read it myself. Sneaky? Yes. I do it all the time :)

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    1. Ellie, I'm so glad this one will come in handy for you (and your sister). I hope you both adore it. It's tons of fun.

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  3. I loved French Milk and wish my library would purchase this one... I may have to just buy it myself!

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    1. Do it! Do it! It's totally worth it, JoAnn. Such a good book!

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  4. I loved this too! My mom read it while we were at the beach and she adored it too. We actually had a great little discussion about it!

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    1. That's awesome, Kathy! And it's a perfect book for lounging at the beach -- and then going to get something delicious to eat. :D

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  5. This book, and French Milk, have been on my READ THIS SOON list ;) I can't wait to get to them!

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    1. Oh, Jennifer! You are in for a TREAT!!!! They're so so so good.

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  6. Fantastic. I'll be searching this one out. Cheers

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  7. I saw that book on Goodreads...gotta check it out!

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  8. love that cheese cheat sheet...I think I will skip the yak cheese...or that mystery animal..lol

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    1. Isn't that adorable?! I'd try the yak cheese. Maybe not the mystery animal. lol

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  9. I haven't met a blogger yet who doesn't love the geese scene!

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  10. Everyone seems to love this book and I admit it looks amazing!

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    1. It's super fantastic, Joanna. And highly re-readable. ;)

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  11. I have seen so many great reviews of this book, I must check it out.

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    1. It's fantastic! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  12. I need to read this SO BAD!!!

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  13. The cover and those images are awesome!

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    1. It's sooood full of goodness. Love love love! And I will definitely re-read.

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  14. I need to get this book. I have heard so many great things about this girl.

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  15. Relish arrived yesterday! I can't wait to dig in.

    Here's my Weekend Cooking post.

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