Book Giveaway: “Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping”


The recently published book, Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping (Greenpoint Press), by Laura Zinn Fromm, is a collection of essays that is part memoir, part cookbook.

Trying to find comfort in a family fraught with mental illness, Laura weaves together stories about food and family, food and friendship, food and pain, food and life. With life’s tragic downs and sporadic ups, the one constant for Fromm is her love of food and its creation–a lesson learned from her mother. The result of her efforts is an authentically-told joining of recipe and narrative, simply put–of cooking and coping.

We’re happy to offer a GIVEAWAY of one copy of the book. To enter, please leave a comment in the comments section, with your email address. We’ll pick a winner by drawing a name at random and will announce it on Wednesday, Feb 18. 


Our First Ever Drinking Diaries Twitter Party, Sponsored by @MamaDramaNY

With the holidays fast approaching, we all have a lot on our minds.  Gift buying, family, travel, work, utter chaos.

Need a break but don’t want to dress up? Here’s a party you can all attend from the comfort of your couch–a Drinking Diaries Twitter party, sponsored by Mama Drama. This Wednesday, Nov 28 @ 9pm – 10pm (EST). All you have to do is log on to and type in #DrinkingDiaries. Then you’ll enter the live, real-time chat.

Join us as we gather to talk about sipping, binging or abstaining this upcoming holiday.

We’ll talk about everything from your favorite drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), your drinking contract (if you have one!), your drinking (or non-drinking) plans this holiday season, and your drinking style. Share stories about how drinking has touched your life (both positively and negatively).

In addition, we’ll be giving away copies of our book, Drinking Diaries every 10 minutes!

Plus, if you tweet your drinking story in 140 characters or less between now and the party, we will select the best one and give it a special prize!

Tweet you soon.

You can RSVP by clicking here.


Drinking Diaries: An Interview, A Great Giveaway, and Guest Posts on Scary Mommy and Savvy Auntie

Ever wonder how blogs get started, and what challenges bloggers face? The Women’s Book asked some probing questions about our blog, Drinking Diaries, for their “In Her Business” section. Here’s a taste:

Q. What were some significant challenges you faced developing the blog?

A lack of technological expertise made it hard to get the blog up and running smoothly—neither of us are techies. But the greater challenge was not knowing who our audience was. Were we writing for women like us, daughters of alcoholics who happen to enjoy drinking? People in recovery? Cocktail moms? Because of the uncertainty, we wanted to cover a wide range of topics that would appeal to readers who were all over the map in terms of their relationship to alcohol.

To read the rest of the Q & A, visit The Women’s Book.

There are so many amazing blogs out there, and we love sharing them with you. This week, Rachel Sarah is doing a giveaway of our book on her site, Single Mom Seeking. You have until December 1st to leave a comment for a chance to win. And Leah has guest posts up on two blogs this week. On Savvy Auntie (an ingenious blog for aunts!) she has a post called “In Praise of Wild Aunts,” and on Scary Mommy (a brutally honest and hilarious blog about motherhood), she asks: “Am I Driving My Kids to Drink? (Or Are They Driving Me?)”


And We Have a Winner….For Our One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

oneyearanniversaryRemember our One Year Anniversary contest, where we asked readers to post comments about our blog? Well, we have a winner, and it’s KATHLEEN. Kathleen has received a signed copy of contributor Jennifer Egan’s latest novel, A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for more giveaways, and in the meantime, feel free to keep us posted on what you’d like to see on the blog. Thanks for reading Drinking Diaries!


All the best,

Caren & Leah