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 distress at finding out about her aunt's dark secret or her joy of making a new friend are all told in her naïve, yet pure voice. Her mother is a central character in her life and it is no wonder that the kitchen is a special place of healing and rejuvenation, not only for Meena but for other characters like Kashi and Ayah.
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
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 Finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards in the Multi-Cultural Fiction category.
She was one of 40 authors at the celebrated 2015 Authors on the Move fundraiser for the Sacramento Library Foundation dinner and auction. She was featured on Capital Public Radio on April 2, 2015 and interviewed by host Beth Ruyak. She has participated in the Local Author Festival at the Sacramento Library and will be a presenter at the Great Valley Book Fest in October.
A former newspaper reporter and columnist, Klein, honed her writing skills in a busy newsroom. She mastered the art of Indian cooking in her own mother’s kitchen in the beautiful Blue Mountains or Nilgiris of south India.
Klein currently lives in northern California and is completing a sequel to My Mother’s Kitchen, as well as a YA book based on Indian legends and mythology
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful read for mothers and daughters. If you are looking for vampires or violence or sexual content, don't bother with this book. This is a gentle tale told in rich detail that brings characters and places to life. Food preparation is lovingly described and the descriptions are mouth-watering. Appropriate from 7th graders to grandmas!
A friend gave me this little novel with recipes by Meera Ekkanath Klein. The stories are told from the perspective of a little girl, Meena, in a South Indian village. But as I read the book, these were also stories of you and me, and the “village” in each of our communities. In the little girl’s village, life may be simple but it is made rich by sharing and giving. Meena’s mother’s kitchen is a place of healing, and the medicine is love - administered through the delicious meals Meena’s mother makes and shares. And her recipes are actually here in the book, as if Meena’s mother is passing them along to our “village.” Just as a friend gifted me this little book, I gave a copy to another friend, and I guess it’s gone quite a way around our circle because yesterday I had a surprise. About 20 of us had gathered to work in our community garden. Hungry after transplanting and mulching, we sat down to a wonderful lunch hosted by a fellow gardener. Our hostess announced proudly that all the recipes were made from a new little book a friend had given her, called “My Mother’s Kitchen”… I recommend you read the book and try out some recipes. You’ll know just the right friend to give a copy to – and then who knows where that will lead?
Wonderful story intertwined with recipes from a very remit region in Southern India. This is a very personal recollection of childhood memories on the kitchen. Do yourself a favor, and lose yourself in the culture!
I made the mistake of waking up this morning and saying to myself, "I'll just read the first chapter of My Mother's Kitchen for a few minutes before I get out of bed." Four chapters later, I forced myself to put it down because now I'm running late to work! It's wonderful; can't wait to get back to it tonight!! Wonderful female characters and I'm enjoying discovering insights into a side of Indian culture that I'm unfamiliar with. I'm thankful the recipes are so simple because I'm definitely not a cook but enjoy trying the new spices and adding some unusual dishes into our family dinners.
I couldn’t put this book down. It is a wonderful glimpse into growing up in India, and the recipes are truly delicious. The stories made me hungry to try new foods, and I was constantly smiling. A novel about a happy young girl was a refreshing and welcome change. Meera Ekkanath Klein is such a descriptive writer, I can’t wait to read more from her!