During a past Readathon, I read Lucy Knisley’s French Milk, all about her travels with her mother to France. I enjoyed it very much. When I started seeing Relish: My Life in the Kichen around the book blogosphere I knew sooner or later I would read it. It just so happened that my buying Relish coincided with last week’s Readathon.
Relish is about food. Food, food, glorious food! Lucy’s parents were foodies before foodie was a word. Her mom made it for a living and her dad loved to eat it. They were always surrounded by other foodies, people who went on to become quite successful in the business.
Lucy and her family are a very artsy family. It’s almost like a fairy tale to me. I wondered, Is this real life? Lucy eats fancy food, meets fancy people, goes to fancy places. She travels all over the world: France, Mexico, Japan. She makes a living with her art. How can people do this? I don’t begrudge her that life; it’s just so beyond what I know.
Once I got beyond my own Wow reaction, I enjoyed Lucy’s stories. Some of them are very funny. She obviously loves her parents a lot. She has great memories of cooking and eating with both of them. (They divorced while she was growing up.) I thought it was funny how she craves junk food and how offended her parents are when she eats it. It reminded me of Gesine Bullock-Prado’s mother’s reaction to Oreos in Confessions of a Closet Master Baker.
Relish isn’t just a memoir. She also provides practical tips and recipes for the reader. I actually made mushrooms for lunch one day the way she suggests. And bought some cheese.
Relish’s style is a bit different from French Milk. The illustrations are bright and colourful. It’s a lot more comic book style. It was fun to read. I’m not sure if I should keep it on my bookshelf or in the kitchen!