The Boston Public Library hosts Molly Birnbaum tonight at 6 p.m. for a free reading in the Central Library’s Orientation Room. Birnbaum, once an aspiring chef bound for the Culinary Institute of America, penned A Season to Taste after her dreams were shattered in a career detour that even cooking-school cynic Anthony Bourdain wouldn’t endorse: She lost her sense of smell in a car accident that fractured her skull and her pelvis.
All dreams of culinary glory were put on hold — until she embarked on a quest to understand her olfactory woes and re-appreciate her other senses. (The quest even took her to Alinea, so at least something good came out of the whole ordeal.) Happily, her sense of smell has returned, she got a book deal, and now her chronicle is getting glowing reviews. We love a happy ending!
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