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My Mother’s Kitchen by Meera Ekkanath Klein

Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Homebound Publications (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193884629X
ISBN-13: 978-1938846298

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 naive, 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.”

Thoughts
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 hungry and just trying to find some food. Meena’s mom takes him in and he becomes part of their family.

There were a few unsavory characters too, and they added another aspect to the story.

There are recipes at the end of the chapters. I haven’t made any yet, but I plan to.

This is the first book by this author but you wouldn’t think that after reading it. I loved it. The story kept me interested from start to finish, and I enjoyed following Meena from childhood to adulthood. I hope the author writes another book soon. I know I’d be excited to read it.

Weekend Cooking

  24 Responses to “My Mother’s Kitchen by Meera Ekkanath Klein”

  1. Thank you Vicki for a wonderful review. I do have a sequel and another book in the works.
    Please take care of yourself!

  2. This memoir sounds right up my book alley! Right now I’m reading one of Tarquin Hall’s mystery series featuring the Indian detective, Vish Puri, really delightful. Recipes would make it even better, though there are plenty of food references I can look up.

    • Hi Claudia,
      The book started off as a memoir and a tribute to my mom (that’s why it felt natural to add a recipe at the end of each chapter) but I changed it to fiction so that I could play with the plot. I hope you get the book and enjoy it when you do. Let me know what you think!
      Thanks,
      Meera

  3. Lovely review, as always, Vicki! Meena, this book sounds wonderful in many ways.

    • Thanks Suko! The book started off as a memoir and when I changed it to fiction, I changed the heroine’s first name from Meera (my name) to Meena! I hope you buy the book and read it and let me know what you think!
      Thanks,
      Meera

  4. I keep thinking I’ve read this book but after reading this review I don’t think I have. I’m so glad I read this because it sounds like I would have missed out on a really wonderful book. I’d love to try the recipes. I haven’t had much Indian food but what I have had I loved!

  5. Hi Katherine,
    This book’s recipes are very unique because they come from the state of Kerala in south India and feature lots of fresh vegetables, coconut and green chilies (optional). Since the book was published by a small indie press, I depend of reviewers like Vicki to get the word out. I hope you buy the book, try the recipes and let me know!
    Best,
    Meera

  6. I keep seeing stuff about this book – soon I”l just have to look it out. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  7. Great review Vicki! This book sounds perfect for me with all of the food memories and the culture and cuisine of India. 😉

  8. What a pretty cover! Sounds like a delicious read. Will have to look for it!

  9. Great review and looks like a wonderful book.

  10. sounds wonderful

  11. I love the idea of a tribute to the author’s mother, we all have specific memories of our childhood and some of mine involve activities in the kitchen. That part would be great but I have never been a fan of Indian cuisine. Tried it several different times at different stages of life but it’s never been a go-to for me. Love the storyline though.

    • Oh Tina, if you lived in northern California I would be at your front door with a pot of Mother’s Lemon Rice and creamy Ishtu stew (potatoes, onions, ginger and coconut milk) and change your mind! This is not the typical Indian “curry” food you get at most restaurants.
      Please give Kerala cuisine a chance. Buy a copy of the book and let me know!
      Best,
      Meera

  12. Ooooh, this definitely sounds like a book I’d enjoy. I love it when novels include recipes.

    • Yes Beth. I have read many books that included delicious descriptions and thought why don’t they include a recipe? So after you read about the creamy milk fudge melting in a puddle of citrus and nutty flavor on your tongue, you can go to the end of the chapter and find a recipe.
      Hope you buy the book and try out the recipes. Please let me know!
      Best,
      Meera

  13. I love these books that include both a story and recipes. I’d like to read more!

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