So what do you remember about your kitchen as you were growing up? What all went on there besides cooking and dishwashing? Did your mom preside—and how did you know it was her domain? Mom and Me in the Kitchen is filled with choice stories from bestselling cookbook author, Phyllis Pellman Good, along with her selection of stories and memories from the thousands of followers of the Fix-It and ...
So what do you remember about your kitchen as you were growing up? What all went on there besides cooking and dishwashing? Did your mom preside—and how did you know it was her domain? Mom and Me in the Kitchen is filled with choice stories from bestselling cookbook author, Phyllis Pellman Good, along with her selection of stories and memories from the thousands of followers of the Fix-It and Forget-It.com blog and Facebook page. The memories and stories are deliciously entertaining! And they cover these subjects: What mealtime was like in my childhood home. Who cooked. What foods we each anticipated. What happened to picky eaters. Did everyone sat down and eat together? What we talked about. Kitchen accidents and embarrassing moments. Was Mom home? Who was involved. What happened. A special meal that Mom made for me. What was on the menu. Why I'll never forget it. How I learned to cook. It was all because of Mom. Or, it was all because Mom wasn't there. The first meal I made. What I learned never to do again. If I could go back to one time in the kitchen with Mom while I was growing up What happened. Why that time still stands out to me. Good chance you'll laugh and cry. Guaranteed that you'll revisit your own growing-up kitchen. And think about life with your kids in the kitchen. These personal stories and tenderly told memories include choice recipes from some cherished moms!
An assortment of fond kitchen memories from across the country, Good's (Fix-It and Forget-It) volume reads like an extended Mother's Day card. It is an earnest reminder of relationships forged early on and the influences our parents have, but this sentimental look back, with so many different voices in such brief shots, proves unsatisfying. Reminiscences abound of mothers and mealtimes—when "stuffed shells, lasagna, chicken and rice dishes, and homemade tuna casserole made many appearances"—of itinerant childhoods and immigrant flavors. The women discuss everything from birthdays and cooking blunders: a seven-year-old gets a sunshine cake, "three layers with a wonderful custard between the layers" and soft yellow frosting; elsewhere a teenager asked to follow a recipe that called for a clove of garlic adds ground cloves and garlic instead. What Good's book does not provide, however, is significant context for the women's stories, so we never gain a strong enough sense of who they are as individuals. The collection doesn't lack for breadth, but it's sorely lacking in depth; it presents a composite sketch of motherhood that inevitably leaves us wanting more. (May)
Phyllis Pellman Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 11 million copies. Good is the author of the nationally acclaimed Fix-It and Forget-It slow-cooker cookbooks, several of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense. The series includes eight titles. The most recent are Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook, to benefit the Avon Foundation and Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook, Revised and Updated, with the American Diabetes Association. Good is also the author of the Fix-It and Enjoy-It series, a “cousin” series to the phenomenally successful Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks. Phyllis Pellman Good is Executive Editor at Good Books. (Good Books has published hundreds of titles by more than 135 authors.) She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from New York University. She and her husband, Merle, are the parents of two young-adult daughters. For a complete listing of books by Phyllis Pellman Good, as well as excerpts and reviews, visit www.Fix-ItandForget-It.com or www.GoodBooks.com.