Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review: Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky

Apron Anxiety
By Alyssa Shelasky 
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Source: Library
Summary: Apron Anxiety is the hilarious and heartfelt memoir of quintessential city girl Alyssa Shelasky and her crazy, complicated love affair with...the kitchen.
Three months into a relationship with her TV-chef crush, celebrity journalist Alyssa Shelasky left her highly social life in New York City to live with him in D.C. But what followed was no fairy tale: Chef hours are tough on a relationship. Surrounded by foodies yet unable to make a cup of tea, she was displaced and discouraged. Motivated at first by self-preservation rather than culinary passion, Shelasky embarked on a journey to master the kitchen, and she created the blog Apron Anxiety ( to share her stories. 

This is a memoir (with recipes) about learning to cook, the ups and downs of love, and entering the world of food full throttle. Readers will delight in her infectious voice as she dishes on everything from the sexy chef scene to the unexpected inner calm of tying on an apron.

Review: I love finding new, exciting blogs whether they're cooking blogs, knitting blogs, or book blogs. So when I found out the author of a food/life blog had come out with a memoir, I was really interested to see what it would be about. In the blogging world, it seems like everyone has such perfect lives, but we only see what bloggers want to share. There is so much more than internet lives, so it was very interesting to be able to see the real story behind a blogger! 

Now I never read non-fiction. Like ever. So I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed actually reading about Alyssa's life. It was so crazy and just like any other fiction book I would read, but it had actually happened to someone. Now if we wrote a book about my life, it would be so boring that no one would ever read it. Alyssa, on the other hand, has experienced so much and had so many things happen to her that people would actually want to hear about it. 

We follow Alyssa through her crazy teenage years, to her life as a writer in New York, then a writer in LA, then living with her boyfriend in DC, and finally back to New York. Alyssa goes through everything; parties with celebrities, death of loved ones, new jobs, new people, and relationships that only end up leaving her depressed and wanting something more from life. Somewhere down the line, while she was dating a chef, Alyssa decides to pick up a spatula for herself and finally learn to cook, and she fell in love. After that, she started her blog and a cooking life of her own. 

It was so cool to see her blog take off and create a whole new lifestyle for Alyssa. The best part of the book were the recipes she included in between each chapter (best one is the Buckeyes! But I have to say that being from Ohio and all :) ). There were some slow parts that I kind of wanted to skip over but hey, not everyone has a fast paced life 24/7! So I was kind of expecting a couple of parts to lag a little. But other than that, this was actually a fun read! And look at that cover! Isn't it so pretty?? Even if you don't like reading non-fiction, Apron Anxiety is a fun read for anyone and shows you a true life that's crazy, emotional, and an all around roller coaster.

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