Behind The Butter

White Jacket Required

You guys!!!!!

It’s BOOK DAY!

It feels like Christmas and heaven and my birthday all in one.

Seriously, I can’t believe White Jacket Required is out in the world today. Seeing it at Barnes and Noble was incredibly surreal —- I fought the urge to jump up and down and tell the entire bookstore that I wrote it! Instead we just took a bunch of iphone photos then went next door to PF Changs and drank Champagne. Then I came home and made one of my favorite comfort food recipes from the book—my mom’s spaghetti sauce—for dinner.

THANK YOU guys so much for all your support. I could never have done this without you and I am beyond thankful for all your comments, emails and moral support every single day. It means the whole world to me.

I updated the book tour page {which you can now find easily on the sidebar —->} to include a couple more signing dates. Yay Austin!! There will probably be a couple more on top of those and I’ll let y’all know about those as soon as I do.

Wahoo!!

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  • Jodee
    September 4, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Congrats! I preorder thought nook app but it won’t download yet. Hope they upload it soon. I had hoped to read on my flight today. Be proud!

    • Elisabeth
      September 4, 2012 at 5:19 am

      I preordered, too, and mine hasn’t uploaded yet either. I went to the Barnes & Noble website & it isn’t even available anymore to purchase for Nook. Wonder what’s golf on & whether we’ll be getting our e-books…

      • Elisabeth
        September 4, 2012 at 5:19 am

        Going, not golf!

        • Jodee
          September 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

          YEah it still won’t download and since they took it off the site I’m guessing
          It won’t. Hopefully thy resolve the problem soon.

          • Elisabeth
            September 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

            I’ve emailed Customer Service with Barnes & Noble to see if they can tell me anything about the situation.

          • jenna
            September 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

            I have no idea but I just emailed my publisher hoping they can also tell me anything about the situation! I apologize for that!

          • jenna
            September 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

            Okay, so I think it is either available now for download or will be available very shortly! Sorry about that!

          • Elisabeth
            September 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

            Congratulations, Jenna! Mine took awhile (try all day), but finally showed up on my Nook πŸ˜€

          • Jodee
            September 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

            I just put in a ticket too

          • Jodee
            September 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

            It downloaded now πŸ˜€ They fixed it!

  • Marina
    September 4, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Congratulations Jenna! I can’t wait to go buy it after work today!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 4, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Congrats, Jenna! I bet you are so excited for this day – such a huge milestone & big day! Woot!! Congratulations!

  • Poetesswug (Deb)
    September 4, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I just read all about your book, and saw that delicious looking recipe for shrimp and grits on the ‘Simply Scratch’ blog! Being a Georgia girl myself, I was enthralled to see a grits and shrimp recipe…without cheese! It looks sooooo good!….I wanna say CONGRATULATIONS to you on your new book!!!!! πŸ™‚ One of these days my book of poetry will be sitting right beside “White Jacket Required”!….Okay, so I’m a little bit delusional! ^_^ But don’t bother yourself about that!…*Teehee*…Just kow that there’s another southern girl in the world rooting in your direction!! Have a good day!

  • Kristin
    September 4, 2012 at 3:16 am

    You are simply inspirational – it has been so neat to follow you along this journey. Very excited for you! I am from Austin and will definitely be at your book signing. Congrats!!!

    • Lindsay
      September 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Ditto from another Austinite!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    September 4, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to read it. Enjoy every moment.

  • Ali
    September 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Congratulations! Have so much fun on your tour. Just one question: I was so excited to buy the book on my NOOK e-reader today, but it’s not available to buy on Nook yet. Any idea when it will be? Thanks!!

  • Carrie
    September 4, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Congrats! I just marked it on my Goodreads “to-read” list, and I’ll be buying it as soon as I’m back in the states! πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    September 4, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Congrats Congrats Congrats, I cannot wait to pick up a copy today!!!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 4, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Enjoy your day. And this morning, repeat Champagne as desired!

  • Jodee
    September 4, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Ali it let me preorder it on nook but your right it’s not on the site anymore. Wonder why it got taken down? It’s showing in my nook app but says its unavailble to download try again later.

  • Mallory
    September 4, 2012 at 3:57 am

    So very excited for you. What an accomplishment! Cheers!

  • Jen
    September 4, 2012 at 4:03 am

    !! Awesome. I think I would be so nervous that the world would be able to read my thoughts – but I guess you’ve been so open and “you” on your blog, there’s nothing to fear!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 4, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I’m so excited to get this book!! Eeee!!

  • Kayla
    September 4, 2012 at 4:25 am

    congratulations!! if you have any book signings up in the northeast (like ME, MA, NH or VT) please let us know..I will definitely try and be there!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 4, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Congratulations Jenna!!! This is so exciting. I’m hoping the book makes it up here to Canada so I can pick up a copy. If not, I’ll have to Amazon it!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    September 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Congrats! I’ve been following your blog for a long time, so I can’t wait to read your book! πŸ™‚

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    September 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Congratulations! I can’t even imagine the feeling…so very exciting!

  • jenny
    September 4, 2012 at 5:06 am

    huge congrats! just ordered my book on amazon yesterday : ) come to DC please!

  • Susan
    September 4, 2012 at 5:09 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting!

  • ellie
    September 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Congrats Jenna we are all so proud of you. I am a couple chapters into your book and I am loving it. As a slightly younger (just a little) reader you have been an inspiration to me!
    Thanks
    Ellie

  • Jenny
    September 4, 2012 at 5:13 am

    I can’t wait to read it!!

  • rachel
    September 4, 2012 at 5:15 am

    congrats, jenna! i’m excited you’re coming to austin now! I will for sure try to come see you there! what an exciting time for you πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  • Josefina
    September 4, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Heeey congratulations!!!! Since I live in Chile I will order it on amazon right now, so I will be reading it in a month or so!!!!
    I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now!! And it is funny because I don’t really know-know you but I’m SO proud of you! Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    September 4, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Congratulations Jenna!! I read your book in like, 3 nights. It was a real page turner!! It’s definitely going on my upcoming holiday gift guide.

    Enjoy the launch and book tour! xox

    ~A

  • britt
    September 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

    i can’t wait to read your book! & yay for a texas book signing!! i really hope i can make it!

  • Devon | the food bitch blog
    September 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Congratulations! I ordered a copy a few days ago. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Milena
    September 4, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Congratulations, Jenna! I’m dying to read it but – am I wrong – there is no Kindle edition?? I know, I know – I can purchase the hardcover copy but I’m not in the good ol’ USA so it would take a while to deliver and, well,.. I CANT WAIT! πŸ™‚

    What a momentous day! So happy for you! πŸ˜€

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    September 4, 2012 at 5:43 am

    wohoo congrats I can’t wait to read it!

  • Kacia
    September 4, 2012 at 5:45 am

    WOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! So proud of you! And I can’t wait to read it!!!

  • Jessie
    September 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Congratulations, Jenna! You bless so many people with your blog and it’s been cool to feel a part of your journey, even though all I do is open my Google Reader!

  • Becky
    September 4, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Congrats, Jenna! I am reading the book this morning with my cup of coffee and lovin’ it. I hope you add a Pacific NW venue to your book tour.

  • katie @KatieDid
    September 4, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I’ve followed your blog and transformation for years and this is an incredible day!!

  • Urban Wife
    September 4, 2012 at 5:51 am

    So excited for you!!!!! Congrats. And I can’t tell you how excited I am that you’re coming to Austin. Yippee! You will be able to see what a dork I am. πŸ™‚

  • Ginna
    September 4, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Congratulations Jenna!! I’ve been following your blog forever and I know this is such a huge step. I can’t wait to get your book soon and read it cover to cover. Any chance you can stop by Raleigh while you’re in NC? πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    September 4, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Congrats!! Such a special day.

  • Rebecca
    September 4, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Congrats!!!!!!!

  • Sarah
    September 4, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Congrats! I just ordered a copy from Amazon and I’m going on vacation in less than 2 weeks (!!!) and I can’t wait to read it while I’m lounging on the beach – LOL πŸ™‚

  • Em
    September 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I have 50 pages to go! πŸ™‚ I am loving it. Way to go! So glad you were able to do some celebrating.

  • Taylor @ Nuts for Apples
    September 4, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I can’t wait to read it! Congrats on all your accomplishments! I really want to drive from Houston to come to your Austin signing πŸ™‚

  • Mary
    September 4, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Congrats–that’s so exciting. I saw a display yesterday at B&N! See you in Birmingham soon!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 4, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Jenna, I am so excited for you that you’re dream of writing and publishing a book has come true. You’re blog is amazing and I just know you’re book will be fantastic. My pre-ordered copy is en route…expected Thursday. Eek! Can’t wait ; )

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    September 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Looking forward to reading your book! A huge CONGRATS!!

  • domonique @ a bowl full of simple
    September 4, 2012 at 6:47 am

    hi jenna! congrats! so happy for you. i hope to make your SF date in a few weeks.
    i preordered WJR from amazon weeks ago, but it hasn’t arrived yet πŸ™ have a great day with all the excitement of your new release!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}
    September 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Ahhh YOU are such a rock star! Happy Book Day!

  • Karen Teague
    September 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Congrats Jenna, was hoping to see Tampa on your list, but heading out to buy your book, I will tell everyone that I know this author, hoping its on the front table as I walk in :). Have fun on your tour, I know your mom must be super excited to be going with you. On a different topic, I have a new friend whom I will be living next to in Sarasota, she also cooks, bakes and takes photos for magazines, I told her to check out your website, her name is Gail Greco, she got back to me today saying, ” you’re a real pro and very devoted”, she would like to meet you one day. Wants to know if you are on Linikin to introduce herself. She did a show for PBS, back in the 90’s, she produced, directed and hosted a cooking show for country inns. She also said that she could possibly get you some cool give aways for your followers. Again, congrats and enjoy your book tour. xx

  • Leanne T
    September 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I am soooo happy for you, what a huge accomplishment, Congratulations!!!I can’ t wait to get my hands on a copy. I hope there is a book signing in my area soon!!! (Southern California, but not too far south) Santa Barbara would be good!!!

  • Amanda S
    September 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hooray! I am looking forward to reading it πŸ™‚

    I also LOVE your bubble necklace.

  • Sheri
    September 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Congrats Jenna! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and have been so excited for your book to come out. I’m going to buy it right now!

  • rita
    September 4, 2012 at 7:09 am

    i’ve been reading for years and years but have probably never commmented… but just wanted to say congratulations – it’s so fun to watch someone’s dreams come true!

  • Andrea
    September 4, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I ordered it on Friday from Amazon thinking it wouldn’t show up until later this week, but suprise suprise it showed up Sunday!! I read it almost in one sitting. Fun to read more about your story. πŸ™‚

  • Mary K.
    September 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!!! As soon as I’m back in the US (in two weeks) I’m heading out and buying your book. πŸ™‚ Normally I just read from my kindle, but I’d rather have the real deal for this one!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    September 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Congratulations!!! πŸ™‚

  • Katryn
    September 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations!! What an awesome accomplishment! Come to DC please!

  • DessertForTwo
    September 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Congrats, lady! πŸ™‚

  • Sharon
    September 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Congrats Jenna! I ordered mine this weekend. Can’t wait to get it!

  • Kim @ Raising The Barre
    September 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Congratulations Jenna! Everyone is so proud of you and I, for one, and truly amazed and inspired. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of my own.

  • Erica
    September 4, 2012 at 8:15 am

    ah! A bunch of us plan to come visit you in Charleston! Congrats! Do you know how long you’ll be there Tuesday night? I teach Body Attack that night until 7!

  • Jenna
    September 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Congrats. Amazing feeling I’m sure!

  • Sonal
    September 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Manyyy congratulations Jenna!!! πŸ™‚ You must feel over the moon! I’m so excited to read it !

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna
    September 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    i just downloaded it! so excited to read it!

    • Jodee
      September 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

      How’d you download? On nook? I preordered but it won’t download

      • Elisabeth
        September 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        Mine has finally loaded (7:45 pm eastern)! Did you get yours to work, Jodee?

  • Jill
    September 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Wow! So excited for you! Congrats!

  • Amanda
    September 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Congrats, Jenna! I can’t wait for my copy to ship from Amazon! πŸ™‚

  • Stacy @ Stacy Eats
    September 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Ahhh congrats!!!

  • Caroline L.
    September 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Congratulations!!! What a dream come true! So excited for you and so excited to get a copy of my own πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    September 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Major congrats Jenna! I can’t wait to buy a copy. πŸ˜€

  • Emma
    September 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations!! Come to Boston for an extended book tour please πŸ™‚

  • Rachel
    September 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Seriously, Jenna….OKLAHOMA!!! you’ll be in TX. It’s CLOSE ENOUGH!

  • Katina
    September 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

    That is so awesome! Can’t wait to get this book!

    • Katina
      September 4, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I like Craft Beer Guide back there! haha! Congrats to you! you are a great writer and this is such an amazing accomplishment! God Bless!

  • Sarah (The Social Eater)
    September 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations!!!

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    September 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Congratulations! I’m excited for you!

  • Ashley
    September 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations jenna!! πŸ™‚ you deserve it! πŸ™‚

  • Diana
    September 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Yay! Congrats! How very exciting! Will definitely pick up a copy!

  • The Healthy Hostess
    September 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Jenna, I was just sent a copy of your book to review by your PR team! I will post a review this week but so far I am loving it. You have such a great relaxing way with words and I absolutely LOVE your recipes sprinkled in to go with your stories!
    πŸ™‚ ali

  • Shannon @ A Fork In Each Hand
    September 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations! I just got my book delivered to me this morning…already reading it! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @jessicafarrulla.com
    September 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    YAY!!! Congrats!! I will go get it today. πŸ™‚ You need to make a stop in California and show some love to your California peeps! Oh I know…how about Lake Tahoe @ Spindleshanks or Wolfdale’s? BTW you look beautiful!! *cheers!*

  • Kahea
    September 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations! It’s next on my books-to-buy list!

  • addie @ culicurious
    September 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Congrats!!! how very exciting! πŸ™‚

  • Margarita
    September 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    hey jenna, i just had some difficult moments at work today and will totally be rewarding myself with a purchase of your book RIGHT AFTER WORK. so excited to get my hands on it!

  • alicia
    September 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Can’t wait to buy it this weekend! Congratulations!!!!

  • Nicole
    September 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations on your book!! Super excited for you. What an amazing accomplishment.

  • Cindy Robinson
    September 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    How exciting! I’m so happy for you. Looks like we’ll switch up this evening, and head to Barnes & Noble. Congratulations Jenna! P.S. I probably would have screeched and jumped up and down and yelled “I wrote this book!” πŸ˜‰

  • Luci
    September 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Congrats Jenna! I can’t wait to read it!

  • JulieD
    September 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Yay!! Congrats to you, Jenna! So happy for you! πŸ˜€

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Congrats! You should have screamed to everyone in the store that it was your book and done an impromptu book signing! ENJOY!!!

    • jenna
      September 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Adam tried and I wouldn’t let him! hehe

  • SavoryandSavage
    September 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Congratulations Jenna!!

    What a wonderful day for you:-)

  • Bonnie
    September 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Picked up a copy this morning after doing a “yay Jenna cheer” (in my head because out loud would have been awkward :)). So excited for you. Congrats!!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks
    September 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Seeeeeeriously so proud of you today!!! <3

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    September 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Yay for Jenna! Congrats sweetie πŸ™‚

  • Aaryn
    September 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! So, so, sooo very happy for you and your readers πŸ™‚ I very much enjoyed it–such a great read for a lazy afternoon. Hope your day is fabulous, Jenna!

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  • Stacia
    September 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    No love for the Midwest on the tour πŸ™

    • jenna
      September 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      It’s coming! Hopefully!

  • Aimee from AL
    September 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Could not be more excited for you! Going to get it tomorrow during my lunch! Congrats and can’t wait to see you in Bham!

  • Beverly Aragon
    September 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats, sweet Jenna! I am so incredibly happy for you and proud to own a copy of your book. Can’t wait to start reading it! πŸ™‚

  • kathleen
    September 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    After work today I went to the nearest bookstore. The book wasn’t on the shelf, yet they had copies on file. Well, I waited for the employees to locate the books out back, which are now on the shelf and ready for sale, minus the one that is sitting on my bedside table. Can’t wait to read it.
    Thank you for sharing your adventures.

    • jenna
      September 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    September 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations Jenna! SO proud of you! And can’t wait to check out your book!
    PS. Wish you were book touring all the way to Canada! xoxo

  • Daman
    September 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations Jenna! Wishing you well from Toronto!

  • Nadia
    September 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I am so excited for you!! Any chance you’ll come up the west coast to beautiful British Columbia?!

    • jenna
      September 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Oh man, wouldn’t that be awesome?!??! I really would love to–I have always wanted to visit that part of the country!

  • Lesley
    September 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Congrats! You look gorg in that pic!

  • Kelly
    September 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I was able to buy it last week at Barnes and Noble and I read the whole thing over the weekend. Absolutely loved it πŸ™‚

  • Tracy
    September 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    YAY! You’re coming to Atlanta!! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    September 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Just spent the last few hours reading your book and LOVED it!! As a mid twenties girl myself I found it very relatable and inspirational. Great job Jenna!

  • Julie
    September 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I read the entire book today. It was fabulous. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes, although I have to admit – with all the talk of croissants, I was seriously hoping for a recipe!
    The parts about your brother were amazingly touching and brought back very real memories about the day my dad died. I think I cried from chapter 17 until the end of the book.

    • jenna
      September 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you, Julie!!

  • Hannah R.
    September 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’ve been loving your blog and recipes for awhile now so this is just so so cool! I can’t wait to read your book! Congrats Jenna!

  • lani
    September 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    CONGRATS! I cannot wait to get it and read it cover to cover. I hope you decide to come to LA, or decide to do a meet up in SF sometime so I can say hello to you. πŸ™‚

  • megan
    September 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Going to pick up this book when I get my kindle this weekend.

  • val @ lots of dishes
    September 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    congrats!! i could not imagine how exciting this must feel!

  • Audrey
    September 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Why is the book not on the Kindle yet????

    • jenna
      September 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t have control over that—I apologize!

  • Abby
    September 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Congrats, Jenna! Just ordered a copy from Amazon.

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    September 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    a million congrats, Jenna!! I really hope you make it out to DC on your book tour πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
    September 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Congrats congrats!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations on your AWESOME DAY!!

    My copy came into River Books Carmel one day early–today–I ran right over to pick it up and started reading right away next door at Carmel Roasting Company. Will be up all night to complete. What a tremendous job!!

    Will donate my copy to the main Carmel Library on Ocean Ave….knowing how much you love Carmel.

    You’ve been through a couple of lifetimes in four years. Applause, Jena. This is seriously cool. Loved the dedication too.

    • Suzanne de Cornelia
      September 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Oops, that’s ‘Jenna.” Any day now I’ll learn to spell.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    September 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Oh congrats!! I want to jump up and down for you! I can’t wait to read it, I hear it is just wonderful.

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  • Lydia
    September 5, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Purchased right after work yesterday! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to dive in! Would love to see you in DC on your book tour!

  • kristen
    September 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

    congrats pretty lady!

  • Sharla
    September 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Just ordered your book!! Can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚

  • Denise
    September 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations Jenna! So excited for you!

  • Jennifer
    September 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Congratulations! Planning to see you when you come to Birmingham. Can’t wait to read the book!!

  • Jessica
    September 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I am soooooo excited that you’re coming to Austin! Can’t wait to meet you! ELR Austin readers, email me at jnrfinallymarried@gmail.com I’d you wanna meet up before the book signing!!!

    Already have it marked in my calendar πŸ˜‰

  • The Healthy Apple
    September 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Wahoo!!!!!!!!! So excited for you. Can’t wait to read your book. Congrats, Jenna!
    xo

  • luv what you do
    September 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Congratulations!
    What a special day and impressive accomplishment.

  • Tracy @ Commit to Fit
    September 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting. πŸ™‚

  • Mina
    September 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Hi Jenna! I’ve been a steady reader of your blog since a couple years back…and I gotta tell you congratulations!!!! I’m thrilled right along with you that your book is out πŸ™‚ I live in Seoul, Korea…so probably a few months yet for your book to hit the stores here, but I’ll surely be on the lookout! Lovin’ your outlook and tastes in life, God bless you <3

  • Rachel
    September 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations Jenna! Just waiting for it to be released in the UK (come on, already UK publishers!!)

  • Cassie (Bake Your Day)
    September 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I am so extremely happy for you Jenna! I can’t wait to read it!

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  • Carol
    September 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I started to read your book and could not put it down till I finished, very moving chapter about your brother, felt your love for your parents and friends, you must write a sequel ! keep moving forward .

  • Sarah
    September 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Congrats on your book release! have the best time on the book tour! You should make a mini-stop in DC!

  • Melissa
    September 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Congrats on the book, Jenna! I’m so excited to read it. Do you know if it will become available on Kindle?

  • Liz
    September 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats! Not sure you’ll see this comment or have a chance to respond, but I was wondering what was with all the southern/western book signings? Who chooses the locations? Are they chosen because they are convenient to where you/your family live, or is there some evidence that the majority of your fans are in those areas? (Genuinely curious.) There are NO northeastern locations!

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

      They are locations that my mom and I can drive to from Georgia…I totally wish I could come to the Northeast this time but it was just too far for this trip.

  • Emily M
    September 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Congrats!!

  • Sarah
    September 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I received my copy of the book yesterday, finished it today, and absolutely loved it! Your writing is so fresh and honest- great book! There are several recipes included that I cannot wait to try!

  • Pam
    September 9, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Congrats Jenna!!! Long time reader, so proud of you :)!!!

  • Alison
    September 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I echo other commenters in requesting a Kindle version! I am in Canada and this would be the most convenient way to read it ASAP. Thanks!! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Travis
    September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Can you enable a purchaser to see inside the book on Amazon?

    • jenna
      September 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t have access to that but I can ask my publisher about it!

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  • Miss Kim
    March 13, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Hi Jenna, I just finished reading your book. I was able to relate to you on so many levels. Many times, I felt like I was reading my own story. I, too, earned my Bachelors in English (with an emphasis in Creative Writing). I, too, missed having manicured nails, can relate to feeling like a completely different person when stepping out of my chef’s uniform and into something feminine (and feeling like a girl again). Meat Fabrication was the class I hated the most in culinary school. It was so not fun struggling with filleting fish, cutting open a pig, and learning how to debone a chicken. Life was miserable those three weeks.

    One minor detail I wanted to bring to your attention was the Ms. Kim of your childhood cooking class who spoke with a β€œthick Chinese accent”. If her last name was Kim, was she a Korean descent that came from China, or was she Chinese woman who married a Korean man with the last name, Kim? My last name is Kim too. And I was puzzled when I came across the Ms. Kim with the Chinese accent, instead of Korean.

    And like many of your readers have said, I really wish the chapters did not feel so rushed. There were many details lacking that I wanted to know more of and read more about. But even with that said, I still very much enjoyed it. I even blogged about it!

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