"Stir" is an exquisite memoir about how food connects us to ourselves, our lives, and each other. At 28, Jessica Fechtor was happily immersed in graduate school and her young marriage, and thinking about starting a family. Then one day, she went for a run and an aneurysm burst in her brain. She nearly died. She lost her sense of smell, the sight in her left eye, and was forced to the sidelines of the life she loved.
Jessica's journey to recovery began in the kitchen as soon as she was able to stand at the stovetop and stir. There, she drew strength from the restorative power of cooking and baking. Written with intelligence, humor, and warmth, "Stir" is a heartfelt examination of what it means to nourish and be nourished.
While recovering Jess reminisces on what food means to her, from the comfort foods of her childhood, to the other recipes that have important memories tied to them. She eloquently captures the smells and feels of memorable meals and tastes. Food helped Jessica recover. 27 simple recipes are woven through out the story perhaps inspiring you to head to the kitchen and try. The book is a testament to how the body will heal on it's own and how our thinking affects our outcome. I found the storyline quite intriguing and the book is well written.