May 2, 2023 Sarah January What other great titles around cooking/food or mental health would you recommend and why?
Love, loss and what we ate by Padmalakshmi who was married to Salman Rushdie for a while
Just finished 97 Orchard Street. It was a great book marrying the story of immigration in NYC to food ways. Also “Crying in H Mart” is another wonderful read by Korean American writer Michelle Zautner.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. If you can read it in Spanish, do!
My mother is currently reading Love & Saffron, an epistolary involving recipes and chefs, I believe. She purchased both the audiobook and the physical book for herself to read and then enjoy the recipes.
Then a handful of books abt mental illness and grief that I’ve read and recommend:
– Motherest – A college freshman deali mg with an absent mother and her own journey into motherhood, while simultaneously dealing with grief over her dead brother.
– Waiting for Unicorns – A young girl and her father temporarily move to Canada following her mother’s death for her father’s expedition and research on narwhals.
– A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie – I believe this is about two middle-school-aged boys, one of which is dealing with OCD.
– The Five People You Meet in Heaven – This is a religious fiction, but is a good read for those dealing with PTSD and grief—about an elderly veteran who ended up working at a carnival or amusement park, who passes away and upon entering the afterlife must meet with five people whose lives affected his and whose lives he affected.
I loved 5 people you meet in heaven but will always prefer Tuesdays with Morrie
I recommend Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zuaner
I recommend The Soviet Diet Cookbook: Exploring Life, Culture and History – One Recipe at a Time by Anna Kharzeeva
Definitely In the Weeds by Tom Vitale who worked and travelled closely for years with Anthony Bourdain. (The book is about Bourdain.) Predictably, large amounts of space are devoted to food and to mental health issues. Fascinating and tragic.
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker was a compelling read. It chronicles the experiences of a large family with multiple sons diagnosed with schizophrenia. After reading Tastes Like War, I am intrigued by the family dysfunction decribed i
Hidden Valley Road and it does make me wonder about the impact beyond genetic predisposition.
“What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma” by Stephanie Foo. She discusses complex PTSD, which is something not known and should be more known about.
Thanks for this recommendation. I’ve added it!
Crying in H Mart