MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS WRITER & CHEF
Brooke Siem was among the first generation of teens to be medicated with antidepressants. Fifteen years later, heavily depressed and still on the same set of drugs that she was prescribed as a teenager, an opportunity to travel around the world for a year dropped into her lap. After spending half her life—and her entire adult life—on antidepressants, she wondered: Who might I be without them?
Five years after taking her last antidepressant and fully healed from what was once assumed to be lifelong depression, Brooke's mission is to share the story of what happened after she booked a one-way ticket to Malaysia and got off all the drugs, one by one by one by one by one. Unfurled against a global backdrop and her work as an award-winning chef, Brooke's story chronicles explosive and terrifying antidepressant withdrawal and the fight to manage the modern mental health system, all while demanding hope and forgiveness in the name of healing.
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COMING MAY 10, 2022
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"A heart-rending and tender memoir that will start conversations we urgently need to have. It’s moving and important.” — Johann Hari, author of New York Times and international bestseller Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions
Brooke's memoir is now available for preorder wherever books are sold.
In addition to her mental health advocacy work, Brooke is an award-winning chef, consultant, and writer. She is the research & development chef for Otherworld™, a Food Network "Chopped" champion, and co-author of the cookbook, Prohibition Bakery. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, EatingWell Magazine, Esquire, Tasting Table, ButcherBox, and more.
AND SHE CREATED THE
Ever the entrepreneur and always delighted by the phrase "Sometimes you have to chuck it in the fuck it bucket and move on," Brooke decided she wanted a little bucket charm to carry around that would help remind her to lighten up.
It didn't exist. So she made one!
Click here to get your own Fuckit Bucket™.
PUBLISHED WORK & PROJECTS
How I Uncovered a 70-Year Old Family Grudge Baked Into a Cake.
Learn to make the notorious and delicious "blitz torte" that wove four generations of women together in my family.
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