Monday, May 20, 2013
White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story by Jenna Weber
If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am a sucker for cooking memoirs. Well, here's another one.
Jenna writes the blog Eat, Live, Run. In White Jacket Required, she writes about how after she graduated from college, she decided to attend culinary school. She didn't want to be a chef. Rather, she wanted to have the knowledge and experience in order to write well about food.
She writes about some difficulties she has during culinary school, but the difficulties don't seem to have affected her too much. She does, at one point, decide to switch from the Culinary Program to the Baking & Pastry Program.
Jenna also writes about the sudden and unexpected death of her younger brother, her long-term and long-distance with her boyfriend, and how she ended up moving out to California.
This was an easy book to read, but it also seemed cheesy, shallow, and trite in some parts. Some depth comes when she writes about her brother and her boyfriend, but I think she could have gone a bit deeper to make this book seem more real and flow more smoothly.
Like most blog to book deals, this book includes recipes at the end of most chapters. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe for Mexican Cheesecake.
Posted by Elaine at 7:00 AM