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In between these panels we get a tome chock full of anecdotes, short stories and, yes, recipes that have helped shape Lucy's life.
For any follower of hers it's always a treat when a new Lucy Knisley book hits the shelves. Whether it's the short and sweet comic strips of Radiator Days or the enticing recounting of her trip abroad in the similarly food-themed French Milk, her work never disappoints and consistently shows growth into not just an wonderful cartoonist but into an equally capable writer. Perhaps the growth can be attributed to the independent nature of her work. She is, after all, responsible for the creative content of Relish, from the words to the pictures and unlike some artists who illustrate their own writing, she has a wonderful eye for what to show and what to tell.
Each panel of Relish seems to have been toiled over with just the right amount of information given between
There's a chapter in Relish about a trip to Mexico which I found especially enjoyable, mostly due to my love of Mexican food. Another, which focuses on Lucy's form of rebellion against her cultured, foodie parents being junk food, was hilarious. At times stories will delve into or hint at deeper, more serious matters such as her parents divorce and the affects it had on her family. In these instances the book reaches yet another level of literature as it flirts with becoming a tell-all.
The honestly on display in Relish is refreshing, particularly because it doesn't always portray the writer/artist in the most flattering light. It's this willingness to be truthful and without shame that make the book so appealing and, again make it hard to simply peg as a "cook book" or even a simple "auto-bio". Like life itself the book is funny, and sad, heartwarming and, thanks to Lucy's slightly sarcastic tone, cool. It's a wonderful peek into the intricacies of a person's life not just "In the Kitchen" as the title implies, but outside of it as well.