Apron Anxiety (2012) 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… 2012-05-22 Memoir Three Rivers Press
Book Review

Apron Anxiety (2012)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT From magazine editor to self-taught chef, Shelasky's memoir provides a heartwarming read about self-discovery
FOOD FOR THOUGHT From magazine editor to self-taught chef, Shelasky's memoir provides a heartwarming read about self-discovery
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 22, 2012; Writer: Alyssa Shelasky; Genre: Memoir; Publisher: Three Rivers Press

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+

Originally posted May 16, 2012 Published in issue #1208 May 25, 2012 Order article reprints