If you know Adrienne Kane, you likely know her from her blog Nosheteria. What you may not know is that Adrienne Kane was just about to graduate from UC Berkeley as an English major (and dance major? not clear) when she suffered a major stroke. The stroke was caused by an “AVM”;” basically a slight brain malformation that burst. That bursting caused a stroke which left Adrienne with complete paralysis of her right side and speech and cognition deficits.
Cooking and Screaming: Finding My Own Recipe for Recovery is Adrienne’s memoir of pulling her life together following her stroke. As the title implies, outside of therapists and doctors’ offices, Adrienne turned to cooking to reclaim her life and guide her recovery. She found solace in the everyday comforts of food, the smells, the texture . . . the produce! She found reward in her increasing ability to cook; from at first just chopping an onion to making and creating complete meals, catering and eventually writing a cookbook.
Every chapter begins with a recipe and then the part of the story tied to that recipe unfolds. The recipes range from Bolognese sauce to sage and parmesan popcorn and all look straightforward and delicious.
“Cooking & Screaming” is an inspiring and captivating story of a young woman who used a huge obstacle to discover a triumphant career in food writing , photography, recipe developing and of course, blogging. For anyone struggling, this is a book that will inspire and motivate you. For those already happy and content, this is a great read with some drool-inducing recipes.