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I fell in love with Jessica during the first chapter of her book, Stir.  In my heart, Jessica has been a life-long friend; one that I have known for decades.  She would be the type of friend that I would tell silly stories to, throwing our heads back in laughter…..sitting outside on the patio during an early summer evening, squashed among pillows and having a cocktail.  Perhaps a Cherry-Lime cocktail with a couple of sweet-sour cherries thrown-in for good luck or perhaps a gin & tonic with an extra squeeze of fresh lime from a plump, fat, super-tart lime.

Jessica’s story is one of love and perseverance and never letting go of her love for life.   I read her book over two days, sitting in the LaGuardia airport, with my legs thrown over my carry-on bag, waiting on my flight’s never-ending delays and eventual cancellation (and then another round of delays, delays, delays).  Her voice tells her story as if she is telling it to close friends.  The story moves around a bit, backward and forward, but the flow takes the reader in the circle of her life.  That is why I know she and I would be fast friends.  Jessica’s story resonated with me.  I cheered with her successes, cried at the elephant gift from Poland, and was profoundly happy that, at the end of her story, all was well.

The recipes at the chapter ends include several that I would love to sink into at this very moment; they seem to be heart-felt recipes.    These are familial recipes; recipes that Jessica has relied upon many times in moments of hunger or for a little deliciousness.  No frills.  No fancy.  Just recipes made with love.  I didn’t know of Jessica’s blog, Sweet Amandine, prior to reading this book.  Now, I am going to the beginning, January 2009.  I plan to work my way through her blog, learning even more of my new friend as I go along.