My Broken Brain and
the Meals that Brought Me Home

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by Jessica Fechtor, Published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Stir is a moving, personal story with recipes. Jess Fechtor was a seemingly fit, healthy, and happily married 28-year-old working on a Harvard doctorate dissertation. Then one day everything changed. On a routine fitness run, an aneurysm burst in her brain. She became a patient in an ICU, endured several return hospital visits, and had to work her way back to health, and to find a normal life again. The memoir takes us through her road back, the many setbacks she faced, and her eventual recuperation, along with the recipes and cooking which helped her heal.

This book was an emotional journey for us. Each page shared Jess’ challenges. Yes everyone has challenges in life; some more intense and unexpected, some chronic and long-lasting. Particularly touching was her journey to physical and emotional healing through food, the kitchen, and the unwavering support and encouragement lovingly offered by her family and friends.

We found the memoir inspiring, and the recipes that we have tried, delicious. We are cooking our way through the book and sharing one of Jessica’s favorites: Marcella’s Butter Almond Cake. Scrumptious.

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Giveaway limited to continental U.S. only. If not living in continental U.S, you can still enter and, if selected, "gift" your prize to a continental U.S. friend or relative. The winners will be notified by email. Once notified, the winners must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

This giveaway ended at 11:59PM, August 30, 2015.   The lucky winners are: Vicki Newell, Webster, FL; Elana Lederman, Silver Spring, MD; and Ayelet Seed, Vestal, NY.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home

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