Stephan Lee
May 18, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Apron Anxiety

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alyssa Shelasky
publisher
Three Rivers Press
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B+

Before Shelasky became editor of New York magazine’s Grub Street food blog, she was a plugged-in party girl who freaked out at the sight of a Cuisinart and thought kale was the name of a rock band. Her life took an unglamorous turn, however, when she followed her celebrity-chef beau — simply referred to as ”Chef,” although a quick Google search reveals he’s Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef — to Washington, D.C., where her love life and sense of self soon crumbled. Lonely and dispirited, Shelasky started cooking as a way to reinvigorate both herself and her relationships. Apron Anxiety serves up a few unappetizing bites — some of Shelasky’s ”girl about town” anecdotes get tiresome, and the recipes she sprinkles into the narrative aren’t too inspiring — but those are minor quibbles. On the whole, Shelasky’s memoir is a zesty read about dating, family, and self-discovery. B+

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