From My Mama's Kitchen

From My Mama's Kitchen

by Johnny Tan


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From My Mama’s Kitchen – “food for the soul, recipes for living” is a wonderful keepsake book about motherly love. It is a tribute to acknowledge and honor moms all over the world for their spiritual and inspirational contribution in making a positive difference in the lives of their children and their loved ones.
Adopted at birth in Malaysia, and later moving to the United States to attend college, Johnny Tan’s life journey led him into crossing paths with various women he admiringly referred to as “Mom.”
It is from his 9 moms’ insightful parenting skills and motivational words of wisdom that guided Johnny in decoding the many mysteries and challenges of everyday living. This served as the wonderful backdrop for everyone to reflect back and rekindle their own memories with their moms – during the various heartfelt moments that might have otherwise been forgotten.
Entertaining, inspiring, and educational, Johnny has managed to bring “motherly love” to center stage, honoring the various significant roles mothers play in our daily lives – the forgotten heroes of our time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982023501
Publisher: THC Investments
Publication date: 01/19/2009
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 0.34(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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From My Mama's Kitchen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read. If you're expecting a long one, you obviously didn't look at the page count when you got it. It is a book that touches with the concept of motherly love and centrals around recipes for life. It's nice how Johnny includes some recipes in the back of the book and leaves a few pages to include your own input. I think that Johnny touches an important element in this book- the love that mothers have for their children. I know that it doesn't apply to every single mother out there, nothing is an absolute in life- but it is a nice book that is heart felt and warming. I like how he's honoring his mom. It's a touching quick read. I'd recommend for those that enjoy feel good, biographical, and lesson learning pieces. Oh, and those that like recipes too. :)
Elizabeth_Sosa More than 1 year ago
A good book for all sons and daughters. So true, in the kitchen we are fed knowledge to create wisdom. Johnny's mothers are teachers of life. This book took me back to my mother, and the gift of being a mother. Thank you Johnny!
MichaelaGagneHetzler More than 1 year ago
Johnny Tan takes his treasured experience and warmly shares his lessons with us all in a unique approach. This is an inspirational piece that helps all of us realize the teachers, mentors, and especially mothers we have had in our very own lives. It is an excellent piece that touches all generations and backgrounds, connecting us all with the warmth we all know that comes from a kitchen. A must-read piece!
LCanterberry More than 1 year ago
A beautiful look into the wisdom of a mother, the life lessons we wish to teach our own children and unconditional love. A quick read and a must-have for Mother's Day! Thank you so much for sharing these recipes for a successful family life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing look at family, love and experience with life. This read helps us to remember there is alot to be learned from those who love us! Heather Mason
JPW27 More than 1 year ago
Johnny Tan's book is filled with love, as well as great recipes. A must have collection.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself thinking of my own mother, and of how I mother, as I read Johnny Tan's remembrances of the women who taught him so much about how to make the most out of his life. I hope that I can be perceptive and appreciative of those who share their wisdom with me, and the book motivates me to keep sharing my thoughts with my kids - because maybe, just maybe, they will draw on it for strength one day, the way Johnny so clearly has here.
always More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, not just about the author's receiving motherly love from a variety of great women but about the fascinating journey of life and how to find the happiness, the satisfaction, the meaning, and the opportunities for personal growth and learning that are out there. Definitely a "chicken soup for the soul" kind of read and one that will leave you feeling not just better but thinking about you, too, can adjust your "recipe for living." It really should come with the dishes it provides the recipes for inthe back of the book though!
garGD More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! Coming from a male that loves his mother this book brought back so many memories. My mother passed away many years ago, and I remember we did many things that are in the book. Not only her insight, but some of Johnny's are the same which makes this book so good. I learn that what my mother taught me at a young age in the kitchen would help me in life forever. The information in this book will relate to everyone. The book gives you a fuzzy feeling as you read, because your relating it to your mother. I would like to a follow up book.
AnnabananaAA More than 1 year ago
Johnny Tan has a very clear and interesting way of writing. You enjoy the advice and help he has been given, and at the same time think of all the advice and help you have been given, not only by your mother, but by others who "parented" you. It is a delightful book and would make a terrific gift.
Alex1974 More than 1 year ago
An inspiring read about the vital role that mothers play in our lives both as children and adults. I gave this book to my mom for Mothers Day and she loved it. I then read it myself and enjoyed it as well. It is a reminder to Mothers of the important role they play in their children's lives. And it is a reminder to children of the vital role their Mother played in their upbringing. Besides life tips for successful living there are also some of the authors favorite recipes in the back of the book for you to try yourself.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
From My Mama's Kitchen is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and find myself reading through it again and again. Johnny Tan's writing touched my heart and reminded me of the little things I do in raising my son that are so important even still after they are grown and have left home. I would highly recomend this book as an inspiration to all.
Expert_Educator More than 1 year ago
Love this book! It really speaks to the hear of a mom and their relationship to not only their children, but to the broader society. Johnny you are an great writer and you fill our soul with the words that keep it going.
greenachinemckay More than 1 year ago
Johnny Tan's book was a totally delightful read! It encompassed all the attributes of any great book. it had great storytelling, it was funny, and many great stories that anyone can relate to. i cant recommend this book highly enough. What a pleasurable read!
Heidiwriter More than 1 year ago
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for Mother's Day, May 3, 2010 By Heidi Thomas (Mount Vernon, WA, USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: From My Mama's Kitchen: Food for the Soul, Recipes for Living (Paperback) Mothers are an inspiration to us and food has always been a focus for social interaction. Johnny Tan's From My Mama's Kitchen: food for the soul, recipes for living is a tribute to the women in his life, the love and life lessons they showed him. He writes, "designing one's life is very much like preparing to cook a meal. According to them (his "moms"), the secret to a delicious dish is not in cooking it, but rather in the hours of prepping it. It is in these hours of preparation that the mind lovingly creates the dish and anticipates all the possible scenarios that may pop up unexpectedly during the cooking phase. "I learned that sometimes in life, when solving the most difficult challenges, I need to be patient and fluid. I cannot rush or cut corners. Everything has its own time, and the more thorough and focused I am, the easier it is for me to achieve the desired success." A nice way to relate food and life.
VoiceoverQueen More than 1 year ago
"Reading Johnny's book inspired me to continue making motherhood a priority and had me reflecting on the kind of legacy I would like to leave. Johnny's words touched me from the depth of my being, motivated me to be purposeful in everything I do and encouraged me to aim high. Thank you Johnny for reminding me of how precious life is and how to live each day to its fullest!"
Bswilson More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing with the various words of being a great mom and how many mom's that he had. He has been blessed to have had nine women and shares their loving effect on his Values and life. This book has inspired me to try much harder to be a good mom and hopefully one day a grandma. He makes the most of everyday life and shares his learing experiences with such grace with each of his mom's. A heart-warming Winner!!!!!
PatriciaRS More than 1 year ago
As Johnny Tan said,Moms are always ready to "impart their living wisdom to us through their various recipes for living". In this book, he shares these'recipes' in simple yet profound memories of lessons he's learned from 9 very special mom's who have touched his heart and his soul. It is totally refreshing to see these lessons translated from the kitchen into everyday life, through a man's eyes. Women reading this book will be amazed at the sensitivity and the insight! Enjoyed reading, and experiencing anew, recipes I've used in life, and then some!
JoyStevensaGratefulChic More than 1 year ago
From My Mama's Kitchen is filled with love and practical wisdom. Each chapter touched my heart and provided me with "aha" moments. I hope that one day I will be a wonderful Mama like the ones Johnny Tan has been blessed to have known. ~Joy Stevens with the Grateful Chics, Houston, TX
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Respect the past, because it is a classroom for lessons learned. Be prepared for the future, because it is my destiny. Always live in the now, because every moment is a memorable experience." This is an example of the wisdom and advice author Johnny Tan received from the influential women in his life. Those he affectionately called 'moms.' "From My Mama's Kitchen" began as a keepsake collection of recipes but soon morphed into a memoir of lessons learned and advice shared in the kitchen. The eternal love a mother has for her children is highlighted in this endearing novel as Tan shares with us the influence those lessons and advice had. The kitchen is the hub of every house and like that hub; moms are the hub of the family. They are the teacher, doctor, security blanket, and banker in the eyes of their children. By preparing their children for adulthood all moms pass down advice and life lessons learned from their mothers. Author Johnny Tan had the unique opportunity to learn from his mother plus eight more women he referred to as mom. In "From My Mama's Kitchen," Tan combines the collective learning from his nine moms. He affectionately gives credit where credit is due for the life his had led and the life he is living. Right from the first paragraph, Tan's love and respect for the moms in his life will capture your undivided attention. Again and again, he presents their advice and guidance with a smooth pace that's both refreshing and comforting. The impact these women had on Tan's life is unmistakable as it is virtually on every page. I recommend "From My Mama's Kitchen" to anyone whose life has been impacted by the lessons learned and advice gained from their mamas. The motherly love exemplified in this book will warm the hearts of both young and old. "From My Mama's Kitchen - food for the Soul, recipes for living," is a testament to mothers' world wide. Title: From My Mama's Kitchen Author: Johnny Tan ISBN: 978-0-9820235-1-8 Genre: Memoir Pages: 137 Reviewed By: Brian Knight Official Premium Promotional Services Rating: 5 Star To purchase "From My Mama's Kitchen" - More about Johnny Tann -
EOHara More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it brought back many wonderful memories I had with my Grandmother in her kitchen. It puts things into perspective in all areas of motherhood for me. The various words of wisdom shared in Chapter 7 are definite timeless recipes for being a better mom. Wish this book was published 15 years ago when I first became a mom.
PSRoot More than 1 year ago
Johnny Tan has used this book, My Mama's Kitchen, as an excellent analogy for the secret to the simple pleasures and appreciation of Life! Overall this book is extremely motivating and inspirational! I recomend this book for any single, adoptive, foster, step or biological mother regardless of age or culture. It forces you to reflect back and rekindle many relationships, that have cultivated an individual along life's journey. It pays tribute to women, as playing a major role in child rearing and development. I think this book is an excellent way to say "thank you" to any women regardless of their title, as a gift of appreciation for teaching someone about the valuable lessons of life. It shows that we can have many different influences in our lives, and still achieve prosperity. A perfect gift for any occasion!
ulenrose More than 1 year ago
Johnny Tan shares his learning experiences and teaches us to observe and benefit from the lessons of everyday life. This book is sweetly inspiring and a perfect Mother's Day gift for all the women in your life. A tasty addition to your library!