Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky

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Yes, it's a bit trashy, and that's exactly why I liked it...She has a voice and a style all her own.
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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.

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.

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About Alyssa Shelasky

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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.
Published May 22, 2012 by Three Rivers Press. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Apr 01 2012

Amusing, compassionate story of love among the pots and pans.

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Reviewed by Stephan Lee on May 22 2012

On the whole, Shelasky's memoir is a zesty read about dating, family, and self-discovery.

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Allie is Wired

Reviewed by Megan on May 20 2012

Shelasky’s memoir is peppered with recipes...Her stories are witty and self-aware without being terribly self-absorbed.

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Reviewed by Megan on Apr 30 2012

Apron Anxiety seemed less about the process by which Shelasky gained confidence as a home cook and more about celebrity name-dropping and promiscuous adventures. And it got a little tiresome.

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Chez Sasha

Reviewed by Sasha on Nov 05 2012

I didn’t want to like the book. But...after reading the first couple of pages, I knew I was hooked; I laughed, I cried, I cringed and I got hungry.

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Jun 19 2012

Yes, it's a bit trashy, and that's exactly why I liked it...She has a voice and a style all her own.

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Reviewed by Kate on Jun 12 2012

Apron Anxiety features the slightly troubled times in a young, upper-middle class, white woman's life, the most challenging being her existential strife over love and work. OK, so not every memoir has to be about war, famine, or poverty, but after a while, the author's complaints become a little grating.

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Jenny Bakes

Reviewed by Jenny on May 27 2012

I almost gave up in chapter 2, which I will refer to as the "name dropping chapter,"...It is shallow, it is silly, and I found her incredibly annoying...Without that contrast, I think you wouldn't get a chance to understand how she grows.

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