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Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  865 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Relish by Daphne Oz – bestselling author of The Dorm Room Diet, cohost of the hit daytime talk show The Chew, and daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz – offers simple, practical, and personal advice to help you live your better life right now.

Daphne Oz made a splash by sharing her secrets for avoiding the dreaded Freshman Fifteen in the perennial bestseller The Dorm Room Diet. Now, t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by William Morrow (first published March 26th 2013)
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3.5 Stars

This was a cute cookbook/lifestyle book. I wasn't dying to make any of the recipes, but there was one or two that I'd like to try. I did feel like this book was all over the place. Is it a cookbook? Yes it had a lot of recipes, but there were a lot of other info like exercises, home improvement, etc. that I just didn't think was needed. It's definitely worth reading and I understand what Daphne was trying to do, but it just didn't work for me.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir-editorial
Oz is only a few years younger than me, and yet I can't help but feel that I was being lectured by a teenage niece about how her grown-up life would be. It just had a naive feel to it. That said, the recipes look delicious and I can't wait to give a few of them a try! ...more
Toni Decker
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
So first of all the book is great and definately worth the read. Positives: The book is well written with anecdotes about Daphne and her family and contains some family photos. The book is more than a cookbook with information about organic foods,organization, style. Its a fun read with lots of helpful tips. The recipes look delicious and I can't wait to try many of them. Negatives: Many of the recipes are time consuming -the majority of these recipes are not for a weeknight when you need to get ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This is half cookbook, half general lifestyle guide. I really liked what sounded like Daphne Oz's personality shining through- the stories about her personal experiences and life goals. The recipes also sounded delicious. What I wasn't crazy about what the fact that she tried to accomplish too much; I don't need a recipe for a cocktail, followed by her telling me I should meditate, followed by advice on what I should keep in my medicine cabinet. Plus, there was a tinge of a privileged background ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute lifestyle and cookbook. We tried the chai-raspberry chia seed pudding and it was quite good (and used up a lot of chia seeds). I'll definitely try more recipes and refer to the book for inspiration. I love the name of the book - relish - encouraging us to relish our lives more. ...more
Courtney Taylor
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book makes my inner hostess heart SO HAPPY! I love how Daphne inspires you to live life in the moment, and uses the love of food and cooking to bring joy into your home. I read this book several years ago, but just had to pick it back up for this fall season. I didn’t regret it
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Having recently read Daphne’s second book, I chose to read her first one. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as the second. As always, Daphne is an engaging writer, but she inexplicably smushed a polemic railing against GMO and conventional agriculture in the middle of her book. Not only are her claims specious, but she doesn’t even attempt to substantiate them with facts. GMO are demonstrably safe as proven by a bevy of studies - to say otherwise is a lie. Organic food - whatever that means, give ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was fun, but not my favorite. It's a cookbook/lifestyle book. Funnily enough I was sure from the advice and presentation that the author was much younger than me and obviously did not have any children, much to my surprise she's only a few years younger than me and has four kids! Who would have thought!?! Not the people reading this book! The lifestyle bit was interesting but a bit to glitzy for me, I'm not sure who she is intending her audience to be?

My advice is to check it out at the li
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because of the unique recipes which are predominately veg friendly. They are something new to me. What I didn't like about the book is that it over steps her boundaries as a nutritionist and starts into the lifestyle maven mode of we need to fit "all of who I am now in the spotlight of fame" as into my first book. While they may be helpful ideas for some; I would rather have more recipes. ...more
Ali Rachelle
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love, love everything about "Relish". This is a whole lifestyle guide. It talks about everything from relationships to working out to food to getting stains out of things to how to build a bar cart and set up your dining area to what pieces of clothing are worth investing in. I know most people will pick this up for the food and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! The veggie mac 'n' cheese to the fudgy banana flax muffins -- there is something for everyone's taste buds made in a wholesome way. ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really surprised at how many recipes I truly wanted to try and they came out delicious!

This book is geared towards those who are in there 20-30's, it has a bit of lifestyle advice and creating your own way in the kitchen.

There are recipes that have healthy substitutions, that are worth a try.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed the mix of recipe + lifestyle and wellness content. As I love to "read" cookbooks. You will find some hidden gems and useful tips in here. I was surprised at the number of recipes I want to try. If not directly re-creating some of the recipes, I still learned something about healthy/delicious cooking from Daphne. I like her approach in this book and her as a person :) ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
would have been better if it was just a cookbook, I love so many of her recipes; other book sections on health, party hosting, clothing, organizing and home decorating were rather pointless; this book tried to do too many things at once; chocolate fudge banana muffins were amazing though
Hannah B
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best cookbook/style books I've read. All of the recipes I've tried have been fantastic. ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
i found gordon ramsay's cookbook easier to follow than hers. some of the recipes are difficult to make. the book is all over the place. ...more
Yes, Daphne Oz is Dr. Oz's daughter!
This is more of a lifestyle book (hence, all the tags I gave it) than just another cookbook. Daphne ties the concept of relishing the moment, relishing our lives to food and how we treat ourselves physically and emotionally. She wants her readers to enjoy life now, not when they're older, "For some reason or other we convince ourselves that ...we're not supposed to have it [the life we want] until we're pushing retirement." (x) "Who taught us that the life we'
Andrea (formerly Amadeus)
This book is an excellent example of "it's fine". There are about 15-20 recipes I bookmarked as cooking possibilities.

What you need to know:

1. This book reads like a blog in terms of structure & format. Recipe, story, recipe, household tip, DYI, recipe. Nothing wrong with that. Just be ready for it. Also, when something is written in a blog-like fashion, you sometimes look at the writer's life and then at your own and think, "Good night. When I am going to get it together like that?" Remember:
Qrious Rambler
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a great lifestyle book, you should definitely try Relish. This beautiful book offers easy & healthy but delicious food. It also offers easy tips to decorate one's home, basic sewing tips, how to enjoy your life and spend quality time with one's family, and relish a good life. You are invited into Daphne's world, where you share moments of her family and work life. I was given the chance to meet Daphne, and I was honored. She is a lovely person who makes you feel like you h ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I think that this is a good book for the 20-30 crowd. The chapter on relationships should be required reading for everyone. There is a lot of gold in that chapter not just the part about significant others but also about friends in general.

I think that the book tried to take on a little too much i.e. healthy eating, exercise, make-up advice, clothing advice, how to set up your home, giving parties, communication, career advice, recipes, etc. It might have been better if the focus was narro
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Ree Drummond
Shelves: 2013, cookbooks
Just as the cover says relish an adventure in food, style and everyday fun. That is exactly what Daphne Oz has done. I had no idea who the author was nor had I ever watched The Chew, although I do think that is such a fabulous name for a show. This book was recommended by Ree Drummond on her cooking blog. The recipes just weren't for me. In many of them she uses coconut milk which is a flavor I only like occasionally. But, the layout, her writing, her thoughts, and the photography were the best. ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun" is an adorable, fun, and uplifting book. As the title suggests, Ms. Oz writes about a variety of subjects. Each section is well-thought-out, easy to read, and filled with good and useful information as well as many humorous moments.

Although I am older than the demographic she was probably aiming for, I still got a lot out of this book and found reading it to be a pleasant, even joyful experience. Her writing style is very conversational, an
Alexandra Consolver
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, lifestyle
I love everything about Daphne Oz's love letter to life. The recipes are inventive, exotic, and fun - but also extremely approachable! In addition to the many recipes shared here, there is a wealth of advice and knowledge shared about entertaining, traveling, fashion, decor.... you name it. Oz feels like an old friend when you read this, and I benefited greatly from her wisdom, and have loved EVERY recipe that I have tried so far! She even shares funny anecdotes about entertaining woes, and how ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Even though I only got this book because it looked pretty-and Daphne is pretty as well, I was really hoping for more of a cookbook. And a cookbook with easier recipes. There was too much of a gourmet vibe. I can't (and don't want to) have that in my life right now.

I did, however, like her philosophy about food and how she eats healthy but doesn't deny herself a bite of the treats too.

And if you are going to call a book "Relish" would it be possible to have a recipe for relish in the book? Or at
Victoria Colotta
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is beautifully designed. The images are amazing and layout is perfection. Each of the recipes in the book look just as good, if not better than the one before. And then there are the sections on style and living life. I will be honest, I wasn’t too sure about those sections. In the past, I have read books that deal with all three aspects and they have fallen flat. This book is the opposite. I actually liked reading the pages of stories and text. In fact, I started to go back and re-read ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed. Oz thinks she's some sort of life coach, but she uses faulty logic. She says organic food is more expensive when calculated per calorie. No, Daphne Oz, the organic banana costs a quarter more than the non-organic banana! It has nothing to do w/ being more calorie-dense. Also, she makes tons of scientific assertions with no references or citations at all. If this were a high school project, it would receive a D. ...more
Kim Brown
Aug 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks
Really disappointed by this book - had to force myself to finish. Was looking for some new healthy recipes. However, this book had few recipes and was mostly essays by the author. I was not looking for tips on how to become like Daphne Oz; I just wanted some new recipes. I did make the Fudgy Chocolate Banana Flax muffins and they were quite good. Most of the other recipes in the book were too formal and would not appeal to children.
Mary Sauer
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The recipes in this cookbook are fabulous, almost entirely whole foods. I specifically look forward to trying the vegetable succotash this summer and hope to make the Rice Pudding next week.

As for the rest of the book pertaining to lifestyle, health, and beauty--it was take it or leave it for me. Her advice was run of the mill, nothing I hadn't read before. I was hoping for a little more subtance in this section of the book.
Brindi Michele
This is much, much more than a cookbook; it's definitely more of a life-style book, with a few recipe sections. Not at all what I was expecting, but I still really enjoyed it. However, I did feel it was targeted to a wealthier population... not quite my cup of tea. I'm definitely more of a down-home-back-woods-simple-is-better kind of girl. But some tips I'll hold onto, especially some DIY beauty remedies. ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I love The Chew. Like, really love that show. So when I was strolling around the library, Daphne's book caught my eye.

Relish is part lifestyle book, part cookbook, part inspirational. The recipes look phenomenal, and Daphne is only a year older than I am, so it was interesting reading about her struggles in finding a job that made her happy, trials of living a healthy (but cheap!) lifestyle, and being the best "you."

Glad I didn't buy this one, but a good enough read.
Becky R.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some of the recipes reflect a certain taste, but they are interesting and I like the creativity. I also like her "lifestyle" take in this book, rather than just a cookbook. I do think that life is more than just what you choose to eat, but how you choose to live your life and "relish" every moment. It was a beautiful book with some nice recipes and interesting tidbits and pretty pictures. ...more
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