Review: French Milk by Lucy Knisley

French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Publisher/Year: Epigraph Publishing- September 2007
Genres: Non-fiction, Travelogue
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

French Milk by Lucy Knisley

French Milk is every Francophile’s version of p*rn. Seriously, as someone who adored every moment in Paris and who dreams to go back, reading this was the next best thing to satiate the longings I get to sit in a cool Parisian cafe and eat a croissant or to just stare adoringly at the Eiffel Tower while I soak up the rich history of the city of Paris.

French Milk is a travelogue like no other. I’ve read a lot of travelogues so I feel pretty confident in saying this. It is a journal of a six week trip to Paris taken by a twenty something girl and her mother. Lucy, the twenty something, is the lens in which we get to experience the great City of Lights. Rather than filling the pages with the typical wordy descriptions of experiences in foreign lands and retrospective musings as most travelogues, Lucy shares her experiences and feelings straight out of her journal. But unlike most journals, her journal is KICK ASS. She is an amazing artist and aspiring comic book illustrator so the whole book is a mix of comic book like drawings of the things the saw, ate and experienced…along with how she felt along the way. She also incorporated real pictures that she took along the way. It slightly reminded me of my own travel journal minus the fact that I can’t draw.

One of the reasons I really enjoyed this book could possibly be a detractor for other people who aren’t as obsessed about travelogues or Paris as I am. Most of the travelogues I read tend to be pretty fast paced and travel along to different places. What I loved about this is that they pretty much stayed in Paris the whole time. It wasn’t a fast paced, crazy adventure but I really enjoyed getting such a glimpse of the real Paris…not just the tourist’s view of Paris. I truly felt like I experienced Paris in a different way reading about the food and their immersion into the cultural for six weeks. I guess maybe I feel the same way that I feel about travel. Sure, I want to run around and keeping hopping along to as many countries and places as I possibly can see in a span of a week or two. I want to see it all. But ideally, I would love to spend significant time in places and really look beyond the surface. That is the experience I got from this book and I loved it.

That being said, I’ll admit that at sometimes I wish that there would be a little more happening or that I’d really understand some of the things that she learned while she was there..but it really was such a great experience for me. And such a unique and refreshing take on a travelogue.

My Final Thought: French Milk was a unique travelogue that I really enjoyed and read in a matter of hours due to the format of the book. I loved that I felt totally immersed in Parisian life and I found myself wanting to keep this book for reference to find the cool non-touristy cafes and restaurants that she visited during her six weeks of becoming a local of sorts. I’d probably really only recommend this to people who are travelogue addicts like myself and don’t mind something a little slower paced and different than your typical travelogue. Read this if you want to fully be immersed in Parisian life and don’t mind lots of talk of food and museums and art. Get on this one Francophiles and foodies!

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Comments

  1. Kristina says:

    Sounds really interesting!

  2. It was! Definitely a perfect book for Francophiles and foodies! Lots of talk of French food.

  3. Jayme @ Horribly Bookish says:

    Ah Paris- I miss it so much! This sounds like a great book to take me back :)

  4. Beth S. says:

    I LOVED this book! I thought it captured Paris so beautifully!

  5. Sounds great! I've never tried a travelogue before, maybe I should.
    I'm so excited, I'm going to Paris TOMORROW! YAY!

  6. Audrey (holes In My brain) says:

    Oh I want to go to Paris so bad! I don't think i've read many travelogues, but this sounds really good :)

  7. I've never read a travelogue either, but this one sounds interesting. French Milk sounds like a good one to start with. Great review!

  8. So I'm left wondering if this is the kind of book that would loose some of it's charm if read on a Kindle? How do you think it will translate in digital ink?

  9. Lucy Knisley is fabulous. Love her.

  10. Meg @ A Bookish Affair says:

    I haven't ever been to Paris but I love reading about places that I've never been before. Those books usually make me want to jump on a plane right there and then.

  11. Danette says:

    I loved this book and I'm neither a Francophile or travelogue lover! I love to travel and love books that take you places and thought this one was so creative. Memories. :)

  12. lisa [the nerd] says:

    love that culture is the focus over tourism. sounds fabs!

  13. Scarlett says:

    ooh, thanks for the good recommend! I'm wanting to learn french and eventually visit paris so this is for sure going on my TBR pile!

  14. Jennifer says:

    This book sounds right up my alley. While I haven't been to Paris, I do dream about it a lot. And I love the idea of going to Paris and becoming a bit of a local. When I get around to traveling, that is how I would like to travel: not short spurts of high activity but longer trips where I really get to soak it all in and experience the city.

  15. Alyssa Goodnight says:

    This sounds like something I would love! I like having an insider's list of places to go and things to do on my travels.

    Great review!

  16. Melissa (Avid Reader) says:

    I loved this one too. It's such a fun travelogue!

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