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My Mother's Kitchen: A Novel with Recipes

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  8 reviews
My Mother's Kitchen is an enchanting place filled with promise, change and good food. If the weathered walls of this magical room could talk they would tell the story of Meena and her childhood life. Each chapter is a slice in her young life and depicts her spunk and youthful spirit. A visit to the local Fruit and Flower Show becomes an adventure as told by Meena. Her dist ...more
Paperback, First Edition Trade Paperback, 266 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Homebound Publications
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Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Were it not for the fact that author, Meera Ekkanath Klein, lives in my community and one of the members of my book group suggested we read her debut novel I would have likely missed finding this charming novel. And that's an unfortunate reality of too many well written books that for one reason or another aren't chosen by one if the very few top tier publishing houses. So hat's off to Homebound Publications for bringing this book to print.

The story is equal parts the universal story of growing
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is rich in India culture.

The book is about Meena growing up in India with a loving family and friends. From an early age she is interested in food and cooking.

The descriptions of where she lives makes you see it clearly in your mind. Same with the food. You can almost smell it.

Most of the characters are loving, caring people. At one point they hear someone trying to break into their kitchen. They discover it’s a boy who is hungry, nobody will hire him at his age (16), and he’s very hun
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is subtitled "a novel with recipes," but it's more like "a memoir with recipes" because the writer tells stories of growing up in southern India: stories of helping neighbors, making friends, coming of age, taking part in ceremonies...and at the end of each story, she includes her mother's recipe for a food that brought people together and nourished them. Her mother, the main character of the book, is a calm and wise woman who lives the kind of life all might aspire to. She listens car ...more
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Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I need more.
So richly deep in culture, one that I felt myself get submersed in, but taken so abruptly at the end that I'm left wondering what happens in America...
This book is a great story about a girl in India who gains much knowledge and wisdom while growing up with strong female presences. Enough so, it may actually bite said presences in the behind later on, but those conclusions you can draw for yourself.
I like Meena. Modern girl or not. She wasn't asking for much, and maybe it's the mode
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these stories of Meena’s childhood and coming of age in a quiet, beautiful corner of India. Hers is a lively household -- with auties, the nanny, the cook, the cowherd, and visitors coming and going -- and its warm heart is the kitchen, where Meena’s mother rules. In this most important room in the home, Meena joins her mother to work, to talk, to plan, and sometimes to grieve. Whatever life brings, it can be met with kindness and humor, and, in the Indian way, with food.

Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I need some curry -- RIGHT NOW. Beautifully descriptive, heartwarming, and family-oriented, while bringing the sights, sounds and smells of India, this novel highlights the forging of food memories ... with Indian recipes to try in our own kitchens to boot! Highly recommended. Read the full review on my blog < a href=" Reading. ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story and can’t wait to try the recipes.
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Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A lovely series of vignettes. I hope there will be a sequel.
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Award-winning author, Meera Ekkanath Klein, deftly weaves her love of cooking and story-telling into an irresistible tale. My Mother’s Kitchen: A novel with recipes (2014, Homebound Publications) was selected as a Winner in the 2015 International Book Awards in the Multi-Cultural Fiction category. The book was also selected as Finalist in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards and in 2015 ...more

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