[REVIEW]: Books about girls who cook

Z and I were on quite a reading kick this summer. We became BFF with the Enoch Pratt Public Library!

Library book pile

This is the first time in a long time where I’ve been this in to reading. Such an activity used to be confined to plane rides or beach vacations. But now I find myself reading each night before bed to help me shut off my brain and drift off to dream land.

That being said I’ve finished quite a few books over the past couple of months and I wanted to share my thoughts. I love seeing what other people are reading and finding new ideas for my “must read” list so perhaps these series of posts will give you inspiration as well.



The Tao of Martha


Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.

By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level—from closet organization to craft making, from party planning to kitchen prep….maybe, just maybe, she’ll discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Martha’s perfectly arranged cupboards and artfully displayed charcuterie platters. Or maybe not. (as found on Amazon.com)



Seeing as how much of a fan I was of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, I thought I’d be a fan of this as well. I’m all about the “authors altering their everyday life for a specific challenge” type of tale. But I just couldn’t get in to Jen Lancaster’s style of writing. It was too sarcastic and in your face for my taste.

I gave it a few chapters, to see if perhaps it’d grow on me, but no. I stopped and returned it to the library unfinished. Oh well. You win some you lose some.


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

Apron Anxiety


“ 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 (ApronAnxiety.com) 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. Readers will delight in her infectious voice as she dishes on everything from the sexy chef scene to the unexpected inner calm of tying on an apron.”


Are you a fan of reality TV? Have youever watched Top Chef? If so you’ll appreciate this book because  the “TV-chef crush” mentioned in the synopsis is no other than a former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn!


I remember watching the seasons he was on and the subsequent All Stars season!


The author’s memoir was…alright. Basically a NYC socialite, clubs, drinks, drugs….aka not all relatable but intriguing to know that people like that actually exist. She starts dating Spike (never actually referred to by name) and their love becomes and on again off again mess of a relationship.

What I found fascinating was the insider snippets of life in the restaurant industry and what is involved with being on a reality TV show. Her relationship with Spike was ultimately hindered by the demands and schedule. Alyssa writes about how she used cooking as an outlet for the stress that this caused and in doing so found her happy place.

Overall not my favorite book ever, but if you’ve watched Top Chef it’s an interesting read.


were you a top chef fan?

what’s the last book you read or are currently reading?

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