Things were going great for 28 year old Jessica Fechtor – she was a newly married graduate student excited for the life she and her husband Eli were embarking on. One day, she collapsed while running with a friend and was rushed to the hospital to learn that an aneurysm had ruptured in her brain. She was admitted to the ICU and later had surgery performed on her brain. Things went well and she went home, only to be readmitted a short time later because she had developed an infection in her brain. As she fought for her life, Fechtor found it was food and cooking that brought her back to the life she loved.
Being sick is supposed to come along with grand realizations about what Really Matters, but I don’t know. I think deep down, we’re already aware of what’s important and what’s not. Which isn’t to say we always live our lives accordingly. We snap at our spouses and curse the traffic and miss the buds pushing up from the ground. But we know. We just forget to know sometimes.
I absolutely adored Jessica Fechtor‘s memoir, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home! She faced a huge challenge at a young age but faced it head on. When her recovery wasn’t as fast or as easy as she expected, Fechtor turned to what gave her comfort – food and cooking. She shares background on where she first had the food and why it’s special to her and those stories help readers learn more about her. She even shares the recipes of the special dishes she writes about.
Stir is thoughtful and well written and is one of those books that makes you reflect on your own life. I was charmed by Fechtor and her writing and hope she has plans to write more books. This is a must read for foodies and those who love memoirs.
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