White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story

Jenna Weber

Sterling,  September 2012

Anyone who has ever dreamed of going to culinary school, or simply loves food, will enjoy this coming-of-age culinary journey by a top young food blogger.

When Jenna Weber graduated from college, there were no jobs to be found. Week after week she searched through the listings and became more and more frustrated. Finally, drastic measures had to be taken. Weber enrolled in culinary school -- not to become a chef, but because she had always wanted to write about food. She also started Eat, Live, Run, a food blog where she could share her experiences as a new culinary student. Today thousands of people love reading her blog regularly; it now focuses on delicious family-friendly recipes, gorgeous food photography, and tasty travel tales.

In White Jacket Required, Weber reveals a deeper side of her life and offers an inside look at what went on behind the scenes at culinary school and during the year that followed. Her stories bring you into the school, from the application process to the nitty-gritty details about classes like Meat Fabrication and Bread 101.

Follow along as Weber confronts the ups and downs of training, gets her first job, deals with a family tragedy, maintains a long-distance relationship, and enters an exciting new chapter in her life. Scattered throughout you'll find dozens of her delicious recipes, including Golden Granola, Girls' Night Turkey Burgers with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Croque Monsieur, Old-Fashioned Chocolate Walnut Torte, and Pumpkin Whoopee Pies.

Now that Weber's dreams of writing a book about food have come true, she invites you along for the ride -- no white jacket required!

Hardcover | ISBN: 9781402777776 | Publication Date: September 2012


"It is rare in this world to find a work so completely heartfelt and true to life. Ms. Weber has shown us all that even in times of hardship and suffering, beauty and light can emerge. Inspiration is a word too often thrown around, but there simply is no other way of describing White Jacket Required."
-- Kevin D. Gillespie, chef and author of Fire in My Belly

"White Jacket Required is a flavor-filled account of one young woman's stubborn quest to make her life match up to her dreams. I dare you to read this book without salivating."
-- Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There

"The story starts in a French bakery . . . need I say more? How's this: readers don't need to be enamored of pastries or Paris to find a part of themselves in this inspiring adventure. Jenna Weber is a young woman who, like so many of us, is living her dreams fearlessly, organically, . . . deliciously."
-- Kristine Gasbarre, author of How to Love an American Man

"Delicious and inspiring, Jenna Weber's White Jacket Required is for anyone who loves food, finds comfort in the kitchen, or dares to follow her dreams."
-- Sarah Jio, author of Blackberry Winter

"Recipes. Culinary school. Tragedy. Inspiration. Change. White Jacket Required has it all. You'll be hooked from the very first page."
-- Rea Frey, author of The Cheat Sheet: A Clue-by-Clue Guide to Finding Out if He's Unfaithful