Thank you to Anne Neborak at the Delaware County News Network for running this story when I did a reading at the Marple Library in Broomall, PA!
BROOMALL-Laura Zinn Fromm sweetens the readings by bringing home-made cookies featured in her book, “Sweet Survival, Tales of Cooking and Coping at the Marple Public Library. There’s the Super Rich Fiercely Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookies, the Pretzel Kisses and the Magic Cookie Bars all featured in the book. Her mother-in-law, Dorothy Fromm of Broomall helped her bake the cookies.
Dorothy Fromm, a patron of the library told Maple’s reference librarian, Bridgett Crockett about her daughter-in-law’s book and she invited her to come speak at a special program
The Huffington Post columnist holds the tattered book in her hand as she reads essays that are luscious in words, honest and heartfelt. The audience is attentive as she reads of her life experiences: a prominent father who tried to commit suicide, his mental breakdown, his bout with cancer; her cousins Trudy and Abe who kidnapped a baby and was on the FBI list. She reads about the Shark cake she baked for her son’s fair. The recipes are in the book showing how Zinn Fromm was able to find her way through the darkest moments and celebrate the happiest moments by cooking.
“It hurt to write about my father and even when I read it, it still hurts,” said Zinn Fromm.
“When a parent dies that’s the one person less in the world to love you,” said Zinn Fromm.
“It’s better to express things then to you dodge these things. I am a writer. I don’t know what else do but to write about it. It (her father’s suicide attempt and Trudy’s and Abe’s arrest) was all in the newspapers, so to actually package it and present it to the world was good. It was a way to make sense of my family,” said Zimm Fromm
“Cooking is very healing.” It helps to chase away the devils running around my heads,” said Zinn Fromm.
It took the award winning journalist, three years to write the collection of essays which is two parts memoir and one part cookbook. She worked for years as a reporter at Business Week living in Manhattan. She didn’t cook until she and her family moved to New Jersey at the age of 33. She set out to learn to cook and in turn cope with her father’s mental and physical illnesses with this book. She hopes to write another book about cooking and coping with middle age.
So what is the Huffington Post’s columnist’s favorite cookie?
“ The Fiercely Fudgy Chocolate Meringue Cookie, “said Zinn Fromm smiling.