This reading group guide for Cooking and Screaming b
y Adrienne Kane includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction
On a beautiful spring day in Berkeley, California, the day she put the finishing touches on her senior thesis, Adrienne Kane’s life changed forever. She suffered an AVM – a sudden, hemorrhagic stroke – that completely paralyzed the right side of her body. It was time for Adrienne to lean on her loved ones: her tireless family, faithful friends, and boyfriend, Brian.
During her painful recovery, Adrienne found solace and independence in the kitchen. It was the only place she didn’t feel judged, as she slowly taught herself to chop, stir, and grate with her left hand. When Adrienne served a simple frittata or a decadent roast duck, she lost her self-consciousness: hungry guests looked at her delicious creations, not at her disability. Cooking was Adrienne’s key to independence, as her sudden tragedy evolved into a supportive marriage, a successful catering business, and a buzzworthy food blog.
But Adrienne’s life continued to change: she and Brian moved to New York City, f