Stir Jessica Fechtor

Jessica Fechtor tells her story of recovery through the restorative power of cooking and baking.

Part memoir and part cookbook, Stir is author Jessica Fechtor’s story of recovery through the restorative power of cooking and baking. Fechtor, who pens the popular food blog, Sweet Amandine, had a near-death experience when she was just 28 after an aneurysm ruptured in her brain.

Stir shares her struggle with blindness and loss of smell, multiple surgeries to fix the infection in her skull and the realization that not all things can be fixed. As she put her life back together, she was often in the kitchen, stirring something at the stove – cooking was the one thing that made her feel whole again.

Through her story and recipes (such as sweet potato-curry latkes and the butter-almond cake that showed her food can be more than just food), Fechtor inspires us to find home again in the kitchen.

"Stir" by Jessica Fechtor, sweetamandine.com

Bethany Christo is the associate editor who enjoys barbecue, grammar, good reads, thrifting, attempting humor and rapping by herself in the car, all to the detriment of her social life. You'll find her near the desserts.