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Cooking & Screaming: Finding My Own Recipe for Recovery

Cooking and Screaming: Finding My Own Recipe for Recovery - Adrienne Kane Adrienne is a 21 year old student about to graduate from college when she has an AVM, a stroke of the hemorrhagic type. This causes blood to seem into the brain, resulting in paralysis, slurred speech, memory loss, etc. She spends weeks in the hospital, missing graduation. From the hospital, she is moved to a rehab center, where she spends more weeks or months working hard on basic rehab. While not terribly detailed, I thought this section of the book was good at illuminating the exhausting work of rehab.Eventually she moves home to her parents, where rehab continues most of the time -- with her mother, going to appointments, etc. Cooking lessons are part of the occupational therapy. For her, it makes sense -- she enjoyed cooking before her stroke, and of course, plans to cook for herself and others after recovery. For many of her fellow patients, older men who have never cooked for themselves, the cooking lessons don't seem appropriate.However, it is when she is cooking that she feels best, and this soon becomes a big part of her recovery. Her boyfriend stays beside her throughout her recovery, and eventually, she moves in with him, to foster independence, less dependence on her mother. Adrienne starts having dinner parties with friends to practice her cooking. She needs assistance with some of the chopping and some of the tasks, which Brian provides. She gets a lot of positive feedback from her friends and family, and eventually starts a catering business. That blossoms and grows rather rapidly, with assistance from her mom an sister. Eventually, Brian graduates with his PhD and gets a job at Columbia, so Adrienne and Brian are faced with a cross-country move. The catering business must be set aside, so Adrienne is seeking a new direction with her cooking efforts. She decides on a cookbook. After many unsuccessful attempts at getting it published, she finally turns to writing this memoir instead, combining recipes and her experiences with dealing with her disability. Her recipes are simple and uncomplicated, featuring the taste of fresh produce coming through.What's more complicated is her relationship with her disability. Understandably, she alternately wants to ignore it and be treated like everyone else, or she wants people to notice and -- I'm not sure? Give her accommodation? Give her credit for what she's done? Adrienne doesn't seem to know herself, so it's difficult for others to know either. Which again, is very understandable.Interesting bits: Adrienne's struggles with how to cope with her disability (especially the visit with a disabled friend after her own disability, and their inability/choice not to talk about it), and their struggles finding an apartment in NYC (after recently reading Gimme Shelter, I feel well versed in the difficulties of finding a livable space in NYC).