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White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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The book also suffers from Weber's refusal to let her readers in on the emotions she's feeling; we learn more about the devastation she felt when she got shin splits from running than we do about how she dealt with a real tragedy, and her boyfriend of many years is given the most superficial of descriptions.
As another reviewer mentioned, there are a few inconsitentcies in the narrative, which can be irritating. Worse are the details that seem left out, that I want to know more about: Wait, you were a sorority girl at University of Alabama? Wait, you're a devoted yogi? Wait, who's this best friend that you're visiting whom I haven't heard of until this page? Wait, were you happy and popular with serious boyfriends in high school or a shy new girl?
Overall, a *** read. Interesting and readable enough when you want something light, and there's a kernel of a good book there, but it's just not developed well enough- or Weber doesn't let us in enough- to make it great.
Unfortunately the execution didn't quite realize the full potential of its premise. I found the book to be a nice account of Jenna's early 20-something life, but to me nice only makes for a 3-star, not 5-star read. For me it didn't really flow as a book. Her entire culinary school experience felt really flat to me. There wasn't much tension there and though I get the sense it was a trying time for Jenna, she only seems to touch on the surface of her emotions at this period in time. I was also expecting a little bit more in how she described the whole experience. Her description of food was okay at first, but became quickly formulaic as she described almost every culinary experience the same way. It lacked a lot of the depth and variety I've come to find from other food writers.Read more ›
While the recipes sound delicious, most of them I think can already be found online. I would have thought to make the book extra-special, the author could have included all new recipes, to make us readers feel like we're getting value for money.
It's an easy read, however, so good for a holiday I guess.
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White Jacket Required was a quick read, mildly interesting but definitely not one of the better "chef-written" books I have read and I've read several. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Betsy Tuel
Poorly written by an uninteresting author. The author comes across as extremely immature. The premise of someone who doesn't know how to cook, doesn't like to cook and doesn't... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barbara Korte
This review originally appeared on BlogsLikeaGirl.com http://blogslikeagirl.com/book-review-white-jacket-required/
White Jacket Required was written by Jenna Weber, the... Read more
I think Jenna is wonderful! I've been a follower of her blog for a while now. But this book is a easy read and it has some great recipes too!Published on April 8, 2014 by Kd
I didn't start this book expecting the newest food-centered literary classic. However, I did expect a professional level of prose and a fully developed storyline. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Molly
This book is a straightforward narrative of a young woman's experience as she tries to find a direction in life that she is satisfied with. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I follow Jenna's blog and I must say the book is a bit disappointing. The story isn't well developed and I need to mention a personal pet peeve of mine. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Sonj
I loved this book. I am a big fan of Jenna Weber's blog, 'Eat Live Run', so I really wanted to read her book. She writes very well, it was a very easy read. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Jenna
I have been reading Jenna's blog for the past few years and enjoy her posts and recipes. Unfortunately, her book was a bit of a disappointment. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Kelly