In Short: When Lucy was 22 she and her mother spent six weeks in Paris. French Milk is her journal of the trip in drawings (and the occasional photograph).
Thoughts in General: French Milk is a fun look into Lucy and her mother’s stay in Paris–we get to see the sights that they saw and drool over the elaborate meals they devoured. From that aspect I enjoyed the book. What I would have liked to see more of, though, was any type of emotion or commentary on her time spent away (other than her constant annoyance at this or that or the other). I’m just going to chalk this up to her being a young artist but I was still left wanting much more depth.
French Milk is drawn differently than most graphic novels I’ve encountered. The pages are all a single panel as shown in the illustration to the right (click to enlarge). I liked this method and enjoyed Lucy’s illustrations.
Bottom Line: French Milk has received favorable reviews among bloggers so you might enjoy it more than I did. Unfortunately for me it fell completely flat.
In Short: Lucy shares her experiences growing up around chefs, restaurants, and a vast love of food.
Thoughts in General: I loved Relish! It was exactly what I was hoping that French Milk would be–Lucy explored the things that make her tick and her excitement for food and all things culinary was so evident in the pages. In addition she explored her relationship with her parents and certain moments that defined her youth.
Relish appears in more traditional comic form and in vibrant full color. My favorite parts of the book were the recipes Lucy included at the conclusion of each chapter. Each recipe was complete with her personal tips and instructions and my only regret about the book (other than it not being longer) is that a more traditional recipe section was not included for easier reference while in the kitchen. I’m dying to try her Pasta Carbonara!
Bottom Line: I was so sad to return my copy of Relish to the library. I’m going to have to buy it and I highly recommend it to foodie lovers and/or those who enjoy or are interested in reading graphic novels.
Bon Appetite! Or maybe I should say Bonne Lecture!
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