SUMMIT, NJ - Journalist and author Laura Zinn Fromm will discuss, and read from, her book, "Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping," at the Summit Free Public Library April 14.
"Sweet Survival" is a collection of essays that is two-parts memoir and one-part cookbook. A former award-winning journalist and Huffington Post writer, Fromm is both funny and frank in the moving account of trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness.
Fromm's essays are warm and generous, as are her recipes and cooking advice. Readers will find everything, from baking for a Nobel Prize winner, to courting a kidnapper, to mastering a mousse soufflé, to roasting a chicken in milk.
Fromm writes about her life with a tenderness and tenacity, and about food with a devotion and sensuality that will inspire even the most kitchen-phobic readers to bolt for their sauté pans.
A resident of Short Hills, Fromm holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University, and teaches fiction and creative non-fiction through New York Writers Workshop. She has also taught at Columbia and Montclair State University, and is a former editor at Business Week.
Married with two teenage sons, she is a winner of a Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Business Week, Huffington Post, Ducts.org, Writing Raw and Wellesley Magazine.
The free event begins at 7:30 p.m., and books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, visit summitlibrary.org, or call 908 / 273-0350.
The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.