“I grew up eating chocolate mousse with a silver teaspoon.” So begins the title essay from this delightful compilation—two parts memoir, one part cookbook from Laura Zinn Fromm. An award-winning journalist and self-described sugar addict, Fromm is funny and frank in
this moving account of trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness. Fromm worked for years as a reporter at Business Week, living in Manhattan and barely cooking at all. Craving a kitchen that could accommodate more than one, she returned, with her husband and two young sons, to live in the idyllic New Jersey town where she grew up. There, Fromm set about learning to cook and cope as she navigated 9/11, her father’s illness
and her decision to create a grown up life in her childhood town.
These essays are warm and generous, as are her recipes and cooking advice. You’ll find everything in here, from baking for a Nobel Prize winner to courting a kidnapper; mastering a mousse soufflé to roasting a chicken in milk. Fromm writes about life with tenderness and tenacity, and about food with a devotion and sensuality that will inspire even the most kitchen-phobic among us to bolt for our sauté pans. If food is love, Fromm
depicts cooking as even lovelier.
Laura Zinn Fromm has an MFA from Columbia University and has taught writing at New York Writers Workshop, Columbia University and Montclair State University. A former editor at Business Week, she is the winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Business Week, Ducts.org and elsewhere. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
“Sweet Survival is one of those books, like Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking, destined to make the rounds years after publication, passed down from woman to woman, recommended by friends and Wednesday night book clubs. The stories, about relationships and cooking, are the real stuff of life. It’s like sitting in your kitchen with your best friend, talking
about life, the loves, births, deaths, longings, failures and joys—and the
recipes that go with them. Beautiful, delicious fare.”
—Julie Tilsner, author of 29 and Counting: A Chick’s Guide to Turning 30
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. I picked it up one morning and couldn't put it down - meaning: I read it in one day. It's so fabulous that after I finished reading a library copy, I bought four copies - one to keep and three to give as gifts. You don't need to be a master-chef to appreciate the way the recipes and tales of cooking are woven into recognizable and relatable moments of everyday life. It’s wonderful, compelling, delicious, and most satisfying.
The recipes are outstanding, but it is the stories that propel this smart, funny, and touching collection of tales. Each chapter can be read alone, but once you begin, you will not want to put the book down until you have devoured every one. (Though you may feel compelled to stop and make one of the tempting recipes. If you enjoyed Amanda Hesser's "Cooking for Mr. Latte," you'll love this.
Run out and buy this book if you love to cook, love to read about cooking or just want a delicious read!The heartfelt essays linked to recipes of all sorts are truly inspiring.I laughed out loud even as tears rolled down my cheeks (and that's without cutting onions!).