My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen
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“Hot sex, looking good, scoring journalistic triumphs . . . nothing made Alyssa love herself enough until she learned to cook. There's a racy plot and a surprising moral in this intimate and delicious book.”
--Gael Greene, creator of Insatiable-Critic.com and author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess
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 (ApronAnxiety.com) 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Since I happened upon this book while browsing the cookbook category, I wasn't sure what to expect. I don't think I expected too much so I was very pleasantly surprised at just how much I really enjoyed it! My husband thinks I'm a great cook, but having him & our 3 boys to feed I ran out of ideas years ago. Plus his compliments don't really count since he doesn't realize that 70% of the time the meals are prepackaged. The few dishes that I make are probably ok, but I'm an idiot when it comes to technical kitchen things & cooking technique, etc.. Last year when my parents - who can't stand each other - were in my kitchen (1st time they've been in the same room together in probably over 10 years), I was making Mac & Cheese from a box when they actually started laughing loudly - together!! Then my mom tried composing herself to ask if I was actually measuring the water, which of course I was! So this book has given me confidence in the kitchen for sure, realizing that sometimes your not just born cooking. This book is so much more though, and I could really relate to Alyssa. She is an amazing writer/storyteller. Loved hearing about her life & journey, as I have had so many of the same feelings throughout my life, but could never put them into such wonderful words