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Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen Paperback – May 22, 2012
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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
“I loved this book. It’s partly a cautionary tale about getting involved with young career-driven men and a love story about a woman and the city she loves and leaves and loves again. And finally, it’s about good friends, a loving family, and the importance and good fortune Alyssa has for having both. Oh, and there’s a great recipe for mac and cheese.”
—JOHN DELUCIE, chef/proprietor The Lion, Crown restaurants, and author of The Hunger: A Memoir of an Accidental Chef
“Part memoir, part cookbook, Alyssa’s writing is honest, witty, and disarming—a compelling journey of a girl becoming her own woman. Though she experiences love and loss, she finds her sweetest days where she least expects it—within herself in the kitchen. With that, Alyssa encourages even the most kitchen phobic to turn on the oven.”
—DANYELLE FREEMAN, founder of RestaurantGirl.com and author of Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table
“Shelasky's memoir is a zesty read about dating, family, and self-discovery.”
"Amusing, compassionate story of love among the pots and pans."
“Shelasky’s energetic memoir looks at her experiences as celebrity journalist turned food blogger and the relationships that sparked her passion for cooking… Shelasky is candid about her misadventures and, in a charming touch, includes related recipes at the close of each chapter.”
“Alyssa Shelasky’s unpretentious prose leaves us hungry for more.” –DAILY CANDY
“Here’s your summer racy read with plenty of juicy gossip to keep a foodie’s interest.”
–CHARLESTON POST & COURIER
About the Author
ALYSSA SHELASKY is the New York editor of Grub Street at New York magazine, as well as the creator of the blog Apron Anxiety (ApronAnxiety.com). She has written for numerous publications including People, Us Weekly, Hamptons Style, Gotham, Self, Blackbook, TV Guide, The New York Post, New York magazine, CBS's Watch magazine, and Glamour magazine.
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As in all good stories, the character changes and grows. The author falls, and falls hard, for a telegenic Chef who runs his own restaurant. Rather than wallow in the unfamiliar city she adopts to live with him after spending so much time alone, she begins to cook, mastering (and sometimes massacring) dishes with honesty and humor.
In addition to this satisfying tale, there are simple recipes that may tempt readers to gather some ingredients and begin to overcome their own apron anxiety. I suspect that if Gael Greene, the greatest and most sensual food writer ever, had a daughter, she'd be as delicious a writer as Shelasky.