ARC Review of Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen by Alyssa Shelasky

20 Apr


FTC Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the Amazon Review program in exchange for an honest review.

Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen by Alyssa Shelasky

Goodreads summary:  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 ( 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.

I’m not really sure what I was expecting from this book.I think I was looking for something deeper.  However, it was an ok read and would probably be a good summer beach read.  The writing the flowed smoothly with a light-hearted beat.  However, I often found myself wondering why I should care about the story. Perhaps if I had known who the author and her fiancee were before reading the book, I might have made a connection with the story.  If I had not agreed to review the book, I might not moved it to my Did Not Finish shelf.

What I liked about the book: It was light, easy read. The author also shares many of the recipes she talks about.

What I didn’t like about the book:  The story has a rather spoiled and shallow ring to it.  I guess it’s really wasn’t my cup of tea.


Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “ARC Review of Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen by Alyssa Shelasky

  1. Meg

    April 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I’m about halfway through the story and am underwhelmed myself! Alyssa’s writing is good, but the story does smack of elitism. I’m from D.C. and have been pretty annoyed by all the snide comments about how my city basically sucks, at least compared to New York, and it’s starting to grate on me. I liked the descriptions of Alyssa and Chef falling in love, but I already get the sense that things are about to take a turn . . .

  2. Jay

    May 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Meg, you are a fine writer, but I think you are overeacting to the DC thing. I could care less if someone didn’t like my city. To me, as I posted on your site, this is a true story which asks does/can love concur all? As for the “spoiled” remark I didn’t feel at all. This is a good book. Period!!


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