White Jacket Required

White Jacket Required

A Culinary Coming-of-age Story

eBook - 2012
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"White Jacket Required is a coming of age story by one of the top young food bloggers, Jenna Weber. When Jenna finds herself out of college and trying to figure out what to do with her life, she turned to culinary school, not to become a chef, but to become a food writer instead. This is that story, with all the ups and downs of a young woman trying to get through the rigors of culinary school, her first job, a family crisis, and a love affair. It will appeal to young readers, anyone interested in food, and her loyal blog readers, all 30,000-a-day of them"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling Epicure, 2012
ISBN: 9781402793783
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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ArapahoeKati Mar 20, 2017

I really enjoyed this memoir about cooking and growing up as a woman. I thought it was insightful and--bonus!--she's included recipes. A nice kind of comfort read.

ksoles Nov 27, 2012

"White Jacket Required" describes itself as a "coming-of-age" story, chronicling the life of quirky kid turned famous food blogger Jenna Weber. Jenna has an interesting enough story to tell: a food-centred childhood in South Carolina, early adulthood in Florida, a switch to culinary school after dissatisfaction with her undergraduate degree, many jobs in the food industry, the tragic loss of a loved one to a freak accident. The book also has an enjoyable format of short anecdotal chapters followed by intriguing and accessible recipes.

Unfortunately, Weber writes thinly developed, cliché-ridden and inconsistent prose. Her transition from youth to college lacks coherence as she flails about in life trying to find something worthwhile. Additionally, Weber seems reluctant to let her readers in on her emotions; she describes her disappointment at developing shin splints more clearly than her feelings about either her brother's death or the breakup of her long-term relationship. She also omits some important details before springing facts on the reader. She suddenly describes herself as a devoted yogi, having never mentioned practising yoga earlier in the book. In a late chapter, she has dinner with a "best friend" that the reader hasn't heard of yet. At one point, she asserts that she was happy and popular in high school; at another, she remembers being the shy new girl.

An enjoyable enough read with entertaining moments but, overall, a kernel of a good book that doesn't quite develop.

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