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Review: Stir

July 28, 2016



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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Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2016 5:57 am

    lovely review, make me want to read this book

  2. July 28, 2016 7:06 am

    This sounds like a memoir I’d love – adding it to my list!

  3. Jackie permalink
    July 28, 2016 8:09 am

    This sounds very interesting.

  4. July 28, 2016 8:15 am

    I don’t read too many memoirs, but I’ll keep this one in mind because I do love food and cooking.

  5. July 28, 2016 9:47 am

    It’s hard to ignore a book that you liked so much (even if you did like You Will Know Me way more than I did!)

  6. July 28, 2016 10:05 am

    This book has been in my Goodreads TBR for a while but I think I am definitely going to have to pick it up now. I have had a lot f conversation with people recently about food and eating and it has totally overshadowed the premise of everything I want to read.

  7. July 28, 2016 11:08 am

    I haven’t read a memoir in a long time. This sounds lovely, she survived an aneurysm, wow. I love the tile of her memoir.

  8. July 28, 2016 11:41 am

    What a journey she has had! How wonderful that she found a way to use food as a way through it. Food is such a basic part of our lives, and discovering how it can heal and bring us back to life feels wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. July 28, 2016 1:23 pm

    I don’t read many memoirs but I do love foodie books.

  10. Rhonda permalink
    July 28, 2016 4:00 pm

    I agree I loved Stir I loved Jessica her family who stood by her side&bher strength a really wonderful memoir.

  11. July 28, 2016 4:41 pm

    That is scary

  12. Beth F permalink
    July 30, 2016 9:03 am

    Wow. I have never heard of this book but I bet I’d love it. What a scary story to be stricken so quickly and so young.

  13. July 30, 2016 9:48 am

    I’m pretty sure this book is on a shelf at the shop. I’m going to have to look for it after your review.

  14. July 30, 2016 11:36 am

    I read this right after it came out and really enjoyed it too. It’s one of those books that I’ve been surprised how much has stuck with me. And it’s one of the few memoirs that I’d really like to reread as I’m sure there are so many details I missed or have forgotten. Great review!

  15. July 30, 2016 12:21 pm

    I just finished a memoir, Love, Loss and the Food We Ate, by Padma Lakshmi and enjoyed it. This also sounds like a winner.

  16. July 30, 2016 7:26 pm

    thanks – now on order. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  17. Ryan permalink
    July 30, 2016 10:15 pm

    This is a memoir I could really fall in love with.

  18. July 31, 2016 4:59 pm

    This sounds fabulous! I will definitely add to my list 🙂

  19. August 1, 2016 12:49 pm

    This reminds me a lot of my husband’s aunt who lost her life to one of these and it shocked everyone. This sounds like a good story, though.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    August 2, 2016 7:49 am

    This one sounds perfect for you! So glad you enjoyed it.

  21. Hadar permalink
    August 2, 2016 2:37 pm

    Good review, now I really want to read it.

  22. August 13, 2016 1:01 pm

    thank you for sharing your thoughts through your blogs. i am inspired to get that book and read.

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