This food memoir was definitely an engaging read. Alyssa Shelasky’s personality shines through in her writing – it seemed a little overwhelming at first, but then I just embraced it and went along for the ride. Alyssa didn’t start life out as someone with an interest in food. She never spent time thinking about what she was going to have dinner – food was a means to an end. That is, until she met “Chef.” A former Top Chef contestant who is never named (though rumor has it, “Chef” is Spike from Top Chef: Chicago – Season 4) enters her life and they have a whirlwind romance. They hit it off instantly and within months “Chef” convinces her to leave New York and move with him to D.C.
Alyssa goes along with it, despite leaving behind the life she knew, complete with friends, family, and a steady job. Once they are in D.C. Alyssa realizes she’s going to come in second to the restaurant – “Chef” will always put that before her. She feels that she is losing her sense of self and it is during this time that she turns to food and the idea of cooking. In this act she rediscovers her self while also embracing a new passion.
Shelasky takes us through the ups and downs of her new-found love of the kitchen complete with the ups and downs of her relationships. The one constant she learns she can turn to is the sense of satisfaction she gets when cooking.
This was an enjoyable read and it was based on Shelasky’s blog, Apron Anxiety, which I’ll be sure to check out. At the end of each chapter recipes were included – many of which I’ll be adding to my own repertoire 🙂