Three Kitcheneers

That’s three authors with very different “all-things-culinary” memoirs that came to our Teflon™ test kitchen at the same time: Alyssa Shelasky, Molly Birnbaum, and Jenna Webber. Although about food, these memoirs may be as important to your life as any self-help book on most any topic you’re seeking.


 Alyssa writes about, “Messy Affairs in and out of the Kitchen,” the subtitle of her Apron Anxiety. Like ingredients for a fresh green salad, this book has some raw similes, but we like the honesty, including Alyssa’s love relationship with a TV celebrity chef, her journey to the editor of Grub Street at New York Magazine, and her own Apron Anxiety blog.


 Molly lets us know that her Season to Taste is not only about improving your food, but also your life, as she lost her sense of smell – a major tool when cooking. The well-written, fast-paced book describes, “How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way,” (subtitle, which also describes a freak accident) and when you read it, you will heighten your own ability to engage your sniffing and recognition of smells to enhance your work at the stove. The book reads like a novel, on the edge of your seat wondering what happens next – the loss of smell the antagonist.

Finally, Jenna lets us know in her White Jacket Required just what went on behind the scenes in culinary school as she tries to write about food for a living. The book is inspiring on many levels, especially for anyone of any age, who wants to enter the food arena. Plus, we love Jenna’s blog Eat, Live, Run.