Jessica Fechtor

Keynote Speaker
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Jessica Fechtor is an author, blogger and PhD candidate in Jewish Literature at Harvard University, where she has received numerous awards for her research and teaching. 

Her bestselling memoir Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home won the 2015 Living Now Book Award and drew critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com and The Forward, among other outlets. Fechtor writes the popular food blog, Sweet Amandine, and her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Tablet. She holds a B.A. in music from Columbia University, and Masters degrees in Jewish literature from Oxford and Harvard Universities. A resident of San Francisco, she has taught writing to adults and high school students around the country, and spoken at Harvard Medical School and the University of Hong Kong about the doctor-patient relationship.

About Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought me Home

Stir Book Cover

Jessica Fechtor was 28 years old, newly married and thinking about starting a family. She went for a run one morning and an aneurysm burst in her brain. She nearly died. She lost her sense of smell and the sight in her left eye, and was forced to the sidelines of her life. Her story of recovery is chronicled in her bestselling memoir Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home. The award-winning author will discuss the restorative power of food and cooking, and what it means to nourish and be nourished. She will also share samples from her original recipes.