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Cooking and Screaming

Cooking and Screaming

Finding My Own Recipe for Recovery

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An inspiring, recipe-filled memoir about loss, recovery, and finding oneself through food and cooking.

"I rose from my wheelchair slowly, using the arms of the seat to steady myself; I managed to lift my weighty limbs and limp the three steps to the counter. Stirring left-handed, I did not want to leave the warmth of the kitchen. I felt good. And for a moment I forgot about the life that I was living. Being in the kitchen, the sights and smells, the smear of crimson tomato sauce on my borrowed apron, felt like a bit of home, a place that felt so far away."

Adrienne Kane always loved food. Waiting by the oven for the sweet, crisp cookies she baked with her mother to emerge. Learning to create a simple yet delicious frittata with her best friend. Fueling long hours of work on her senior thesis with a satisfying tagliatelle.

But just two weeks before her college graduation, Adrienne suffered a hemorrhagic stroke that left her paralyzed on the entire right side of her body. Once a dancer and aspiring teacher, she was now dependent on her loved ones, embarrassed by her disability, and facing an identity crisis. The next several years were a blur of doctors, therapists, rehabilitation, and frustration.

Until she got back in the kitchen.

It started with a stir. A stir and a taste. A little more salt. Maybe a side of crisp, sautéed potatoes. She learned to wield a chef's knife with her left hand, and to brace vegetables with her right. As she slowly stumbled from her quiet resting place at the kitchen table to where her mother stood by the stove, food became not only her sustenance and her solace, it became Adrienne's calling.

She tested new recipes and created her own, crafting beautiful, delectable feasts for the people who had nurtured her -- her mother and father, who himself had survived a stroke several years earlier; the friends who encouraged her to write a cookbook; and, of course, the boyfriend-turned-husband who stood beside her all the way. Eventually, through determination, hard work, and a healthy portion of courage, she turned her culinary love into a career as a caterer, food writer, photographer, and recipe developer.

Filled with simple, tempting recipes and complex, hard-won lessons, Cooking and Screaming is Adrienne's moving and heartfelt story of food, loss, work, and joy...and finding her identity through the most unlikely combination of ingredients.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476739007 | 
  • February 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Cooking and Screaming by 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 see more

About the Author

Adrienne Kane
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Adrienne Kane

Adrienne Kane is the author and photographer of the popular food blog Nosheteria.com, which has a permanent link on Huffington Post. She is a food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer whose work has appeared in Natural Health, Chow, and Digs, and on FoodandWine.com. Her personal essay, "Bring Tenacity to a Boil: Then Serve" is featured in Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak, and Overcoming It All. She currently lives and cooks in New Haven, CT.

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