Review: White Jacket Required

I am sure you all know by now that one of your favorite food bloggers, Jenna Weber of Eat, Live Run, has published her very own book called White Jacket Required. And it’s not just a cookbook, it’s a story about her decision to go to Culinary school after graduating from college and her experiences during and beyond school. While reading her book, certain parts I recalled from reading her blog, such as when she found her great grandmother’s recipes. It was great to have the bits and pieces I read from blog posts all wrapped up into a flowing story.



Through her struggles in Culinary school, love-life, family and an unexpected tragedy, I admire her honesty in her emotions. I have always been very wary of posting too much personal stuff on my blog, but she makes such a strong connection with her readers by doing so in her story. If you love a wonderfully heartfelt book and/or great food you really should pick this one up!

But my favorite thing about this book are the recipes that are included along with the stories at the end of each chapter. Especially when they are mentioned within the story. My lifeĀ  seems to revolve around food so it seems completely natural to talk about food through life’s experiences. Now I want to make everything in her book, in addition to all of her delicious recipes posted on her blog.

From her book, I made the Golden Granola. With sunflower seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts, there was no way I was going to miss out of such an awesomely nutty granola. I eat it by the handfuls, to the point where I need to tell myself to put it away before I eat the entire stock of it. I’ve never liked any granola plain by itself before I met this one. But I do still enjoy it in some vanilla Greek yogurt.

Disclosure: I received a copy of White Jacket Required from FSB Associates. I was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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