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From the Kitchen of Half Truth

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
Meg May's mother has created a life out of stories. Outlandish stories that can't possibly be true. And when sickness threatens to hide the truth of her past forever, Meg must convince her imaginative and free-spirited mother tell her what is real. As charming as the stories she's been told are, they aren't enough for Meg anymore. As she and her mother spend one last summe ...more
Paperback, US Edition, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published December 1st 2012)
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In less than 5 minutes after receiving a book recommendation from Magritte which said, "Trust me on this one, elyse".... I bought it!

Other than remembering the enchanting excerpt at the beginning of Magritte's review--( at which point I stopped reading), I didn't know what to expect.
THANK YOU MAGRITTE.....I loved it!!

Here is the excerpt I loved in Magritte's review......the start of Chapter 1:
"I came out a little underdone. Five more minutes and I would have been as big as other children, my
PLEASE NOTE: This book is sold in the US as
From the Kitchen of Half Truths

I loved the beginning of the book:

" I came out a little underdone. Five more minutes and I would have been as big as the other children, my mother said. She blamed my pale complexion on her cravings for white bread (too much flour) and asked the doctor if I would have risen better had she done more exercise (too little air). The doctor wasn’t sure about this, but he was very concerned about the size of my feet. He su
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can barely keep my eyes open, but I had to get my thoughts down on paper before to sleep. This book was big surprise! I thought it sounded interesting, but it took quite a while to be truly captivated. The reason for that was because I really didn't like Meg, the main character of the story. She had no personality, no sense of humor, and absolutely no patience for her mother. In fact, she is not unlike a surly teenager, and I have my own so I would know! And I was one once, and I could see the ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book with low expectations. It was recommended to me by a friend, but it just didn’t look like something I would enjoy. I was sceptical and kept putting off reading it. Now I can’t wait to read more by this author! I don’t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book. Every time I had to put it down because life got in the way, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again and continue reading.

I’ve read many books that focused on the love and relationship between a mother
Paula Vince
This is quirky fiction which could easily be made into a movie. It's a bit like an adult version of something like Roald Dahl's "Matilda". All the tall stories in this book would be wonderful incorporated into a film version.

Meg May is a science graduate who can't remember the first six years of her life, but her mother, Valerie, has filled her head with all sorts of weird and wonderful tales concerning her birth, all centered around food. Meg believed them as fact until other school kids tease
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't quite know what to expect from this novel, but I didn't think it would affect me so deeply, make me laugh and cry and sigh. I simply loved reading this book. I savored it and didn't wanting it to end.

Meg May grew up with an imaginative and free-spirited mom, Valerie, who told her funny and outlandish stories about her childhood. Whenever Meg asked her what really happened, her mom would repeat these same stories. As Meg grew up she became frustrated and rejected anything illogical and d
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The Storyteller's Daughter (first published as Nutmeg in the UK, and to be published in the US as the Kitchen of Half Truth) by debut author Maria Goodin is a a poignant story of a relationship between a mother who has taken refuge in fantasy and a daughter who wants only the facts.

Meg's mother has told her daughter whimsical stories of her birth and early childhood, stories Meg had no reason to doubt since she has no memory of anything that happened before her fifth birthday. But at eight year
Diane S ☔
A charming and profound look at the relationship between a mother and daughter. Magical realism in all its glory, stories Meg's mother told her about her childhood, fanciful tales of sausages escaping and many other delightful tales of Meg's youth. For quite a while Meg ate these stories up, thought them true, told them to her friends until one day they laughed at her and called her a liar.

From then on the rational Meg took over, all silliness and flightiness banished for the constrained and com
Donita Luz
I've read this book a long time ago. I just couldn't write a proper review that I think is suited with this book's awesomeness. I hope my 5 star rating was enough. :)
very light fare, almost written like for teens or younger, but for adults. about a young woman who doesn't know her history, father, or why her mother seems to live in a fairy tale world. so some big holes in the plot, like she is a studying for phd in genetics, but seemingly has never heard of the internet or how to do research. but that put aside, kind of a lovely story of a young person growing and becoming adult through empathy and tolerance. kind of neat too, looking at english suburban lif ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was like curling up under a blanket on a rainy day. When I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to start reading it again and the words just flowed beautifully.

The stories that Meg's mother, Valerie, tells her about her childhood all reflect cooking or food in some way. This makes sense as Valerie's passion is cooking. She has filled Meg's head with wonderful stories and created this fantastical world where the scar on her head is from a bite from a cra
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Where do I begin…I have so many good things to say about this book. Let me start by saying it’s one of those stories that made me upset that it had to come to an end. It held me captivated from first to last word. I love the premise of this book, about a mother and daughter relationship, and how sometimes we take things and people for granted in our lives. However, what I loved most about it is Ms. Goodin took a very different approac
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved loved this book. I wasn't going to buy it the first few times I saw it at the bookstore but then I struck a conversation with one of the booksellers one day and she started talking about this book and her description of it mesmerized me. So, I bought it. And I am so glad I did. It is magical. It is beautiful. It is one of those delightful reads you want to savor. It is one of those reads you don't want to put down but then you don't want to rush through it either because then you'l ...more
Loes Dissel
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tender, moving story. A gem !

Thanks Margitte for the recommendation.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the Kitchen of Half Truth (published as Nutmeg in the UK, and in Australia as The Storyteller's Daughter) by debut author Maria Goodin is a a poignant story of a relationship between a mother who has taken refuge in fantasy and a daughter who wants only the facts.

Meg’s mother has told her daughter whimsical stories of her birth and early childhood, stories Meg had no reason to doubt since she has no memory of anything that happened before her fifth birthday. But at eight years old Meg May’s
Deborah Swift
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received Maria Goodin's debut novel via the Amazon Vine programme, having heard it was already set to be translated into four languages even before publication. Published by Legend Press - a small independent publisher, I can quite see why.

I was totally enchanted by this novel which is at once funny, moving and thought-provoking.

The story hinges around the relationship between Meg and her eccentric mother, who is terminally ill. The book is a sensory delight as Meg's mother is obsessed with co
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an uncorrected digital galley of Kitchen of Half Truth from in return for my honest opinion and thoughts.

I highly recommend reading From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin; I received an Advanced Copy from It took me by surprise how much I enjoyed this novel. It is a story about a daughter gaining insight into her mother, a mother who is dying. Valerie May, a kindhearted, imaginative mother, loves her daughter, Meg May, so much she is willing to rei
Susan Obryan
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
The truth isn't always easy to digest, especially if it's masked by more alluring assaults on the senses. But like any delicious treat, the truth can be well worth the wait.

So writes Maria Goodin in "From the Kitchen of Half Truths," a novel about a woman who deals only with facts after a lifetime of falsehoods and tall tales. When she returns to her childhood home to care for her sick mom, all she wants is the truth. No frills or frosting - just the plain vanilla truth.

No more stories about bei
Tiffani Long
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Every once in a while the book stars align and you get read a story that is equal parts funny and poignant, with the right balance of pain and heartache, love and letting go-- then the book also has characters that frustrate you yet teach you, characters that reflect yourself or someone you love and an ending that is perfect. Such was the case with The Kitchen of Half Truth. Maria Goodin is a very smart writer. I loved everything about this book even when Meg frustrated me, because it endeared m ...more
Lunar Lunacy
The descriptions in this book are magical, treating food as a living entity and people as food to be seasoned or risen. Easy to read, I can understand the amount of positive reviews. However, I was left disappointed. The characters have no depth at all, and the plot was very predictable. Meg sounds like a teenager's diary, and comes across as unlikable. The mother is even worse, and I was waiting for someone to suggest she get a mental health assessment. Towards the end, we find out her reasons ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This novel started out as an award-winning short story, and I can see how it would have worked better in that format. As a full-length novel, the author becomes repetitive, hitting the reader over the head with the message instead of using some subtlety and trusting that the reader will figure it out. The relationship between Meg and her mother is poignant and lovely, but Meg's boyfriend is such a cold, unfeeling jerk and the other prospective love interest is so utterly perfect that there is no ...more
Micah DeVries
Dec 07, 2015 rated it did not like it

I had vey high expectations for this book and quickly realized while reading it that it was not going to be the beautifully written, magical masterpiece I had envisioned. The characters were so unbelievably one dimensional. The writing was very elementary and reminded me of something I would have read in high school. It was an easy read, but a drag to get through at the same time. I loved the story idea, but it fell flat for me. I wanted so much more from all the characters, but everything wa
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this little gem of a book! Smiles & tears all at once.
3.5 stars
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are some novels that grip you with a story so unique, yet so heart wrenching that you can’t stop reading. From the Kitchen of Half Truth was just such a novel for me. I was sadly supposed to be a part of a tour on this great new novel on Tuesday, but with work and kids, I didn’t finish the novel until Tuesday night. So you get my review now, a few days later!

Meg May is a twenty-one year old scientist, firmly rooted in the rational world. Her mother is her complete opposite, a loving woman
Mar 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: abandoned
Can't do it. After 60 plus pages I am just over baked.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maria Goodin’s From the Kitchen of Half Truth is a haunting, often meandering story of one young woman’s quest to learn her roots — and it can be a little hard to define. On one hand, Goodin’s writing is reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen: full of magical realism and incongruous details; lilting and lovely, like a cool evening breeze. In the next breath, we’re given Meg’s point of view — and she's so cold and odd and detached from life, and somehow clinging to this too-old-for-her drip of a boyf ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
My first impression was "Like Water for Chocolate," starring white people. But there was none of the passion and magic and chaos.

This book was very controlled. Everything that happened was as tightly leashed as the main character. There were no real surprises and everything had a purpose or design. The only character that was multidimensional and interesting was the mother, and even she was a bit of a caricature.

This was a book that needed to go crazy. The story was about a woman who disliked
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

Meg grew up in a very unique household. Her mother has always told her that she got the scar on her face because of a crab's pincer that somehow got snapped off while her mom was making crab cakes. The pincer hit her face and crawled under the furniture. Meg's mother also told her that her first tooth was so sharp that she could use it to open cans.

Meg believed all those stories as true and until she was
Cocktails and Books
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
I tend to form friendships with the books I read; some are acquaintances, some pass through friends and others are keepers. This book is a keeper. Unfortunately, because of that it's harder to write a review without sounding overly gushy. But if I have to sing the praises of a book then this one is it.

First, the pacing and atmosphere of this book is spot on. Goodin begins the book with what feels like magical realism and weaves it all the way through her narrative, making it an integral part of
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Maria Goodin was born in the South-East of England. Her first novel, 'Nutmeg', was published in the UK in 2012, and was based on an award-winning short story of the same title. The novel was published later that year in Australia under the title of 'The Storyteller's Daughter', and is soon due to be released in the US under the title 'From the Kitchen of Half Truth'. Book deals have also been secu ...more
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“I am the child I once was, and the adult I am today. I am all of my good points, and each of my bad. I am brave but afraid, healed but damaged, strong but helpless. I am everything I have admitted and all that I have denied. The person that I am right now in this moment is the product of every- thing I have ever been; the truth, the lies and everything in between.” 12 likes
“...time is not a willing captive. The days pass too soon, slipping through my fingers like sand. I grab for a moment, only to find it is no longer there. I take a photo with my mind, only to find it is already fading.” 5 likes
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