My Mother’s Kitchen by Meera Ekkanath Klein
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Homebound Publications (October 14, 2014)
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.”
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.