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My Mother's Kitchen is a funny, moving memoir about a son's discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking, people and love Peter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wine he doesn't really know how to cook. So he embarks upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey that will ultimately allow him to bring his mother's friends and loved ones to the table one last time. The daughter of a restaurateur--the restaurant was New York's legendary Ratner's--Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child. In her 80s, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son: Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets. Gradually his ambition becomes manifest: he decides to learn how to cook his mother the meal of her dreams and thereby tell the story of her life to all those who have loved her. With his trademark wit and knowing eye, Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much more than feed us--they can nourish our souls.… (més)
Membre:Iambookish
Títol:My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life
Autors:Peter Gethers (Autor)
Informació:Henry Holt and Co. (2017), 320 pages
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My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life de Peter Gethers

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Picked this book on a whim since the description sounded warm and endearing. Unfortunately the book is not that. From the description and marketing it sounded like this would be the author cooking with.for his mother or going through what dishes she loved to eat/cook, etc. I had never heard of the author or his mother before this but she certainly sounded like an interesting person.

Instead we get a book where the author simply inserted himself far too much into the narrative. My alarm bells began sounding off when he makes a snide remark about his brother early on in the book and it seems to be a hostility to extends to his nephew later on. The reader isn't told what happened and while that is not necessarily relevant (maybe it was something between him and his brother/nephew that didn't extend to the rest of the family or something) but the sourness gets in the way.

When the author's narrative focuses on his mother then the book works. I wouldn't say it's good because it's permeated too much by whatever family feud is going on and the author inserting himself too much into what was going to be his mother's story, along side the namedropping. Yes, apparently his mother had a lot of friends in the food/cooking world but it's not endearing.

It's a pity because it seems like there's a good book somewhere in here. A better editor would have sent this draft back edits.

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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
I thought this memoir was interesting, funny, engaging, and emotional. I loved the photos, family, and the history. The recipes throughout the book were perfectly positioned in the story and Gethers really has a way with words. I would recommend this book to all and especially those who have a love for food and cooking. 4****

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review... ( )
  Mischenko | Nov 30, 2017 |
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I read this book slowly. Not because it was a slog, quite the opposite. I was so delighted by the stories of the author's mother that I decided 1/3 of the way through to take my time with it. Peter Gethers memoir of his mother's llfe, and her relationship with him, family, and friends is a wonderful and sweet read. As his mother, Judy, begins to grow frail, he decides to cook an ultimate meal for her based on all of her favorite dishes. It is great fun to read the stories behind Judy's favorites and Peter's attempts at cooking them. Peter admits upfront that he is not a great cook and that he is very lacking in cooking knowledge so while you are provided with some tasty recipes throughout the book, it is refreshing to read about Peter's attempts - both failures and successes - to cook them. While the recipes are interesting themselves, the stories about Judy's life and her relationships with friends and family are the true meat of this book.

When I started the book I did not realize that his mother was such a well known cook and celebrity in the food world. While the name-dropping was a little much at times (thus my half star). At first I thought this would irritate me after my initial delight with the book, however it quickly became clear that Peter is very down to earth and appreciative of the experiences in his life thanks to his parents' and his own successes rather than taking them for granted. ( )
  pixiestyx77 | Jun 28, 2017 |
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I'm not usually a fan of the memoir, but this book was an exception. The author's aging mom is the star of this book, and it's the relationship between them that propels their story. It's a sweet and sometimes sad situation that the author finds himself in when he has to deal with his mom's failing health and her fierce independence. As any of us know that have been in a similar situation it isn't easy, but he deals with it magnificently. His mom was a magnificent chef and as her ability to cook had been taken away from her he decides to recreate her favorite dishes with her assisting from the sidelines. There are also recipes interspersed throughout which is also a plus!
  Iambookish | May 2, 2017 |
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I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.

My Mother's Kitchen is a story about Peter Gethers and his relationship with his mother. He gives the reader an introspective look at his life growing up. It's not only full of food, but life in the kitchen, experimenting with dishes, some cameos by Wolfgang Puck, and more food. Throughout it all, Gethers' down to earth style of writing and honesty is like a breath of fresh air that I didn't know I needed. There was much to appreciate, and the connection I felt with Peter and his mom was very real. All in all, this was a story that I found myself enjoying and appreciating much more than I ever thought I would when I first started.

There are some great recipes included in the book, and I hope in the final edition an index is included to list all the pages with the recipes. ( )
  jms001 | Apr 3, 2017 |
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My Mother's Kitchen is a funny, moving memoir about a son's discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking, people and love Peter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wine he doesn't really know how to cook. So he embarks upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey that will ultimately allow him to bring his mother's friends and loved ones to the table one last time. The daughter of a restaurateur--the restaurant was New York's legendary Ratner's--Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child. In her 80s, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son: Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets. Gradually his ambition becomes manifest: he decides to learn how to cook his mother the meal of her dreams and thereby tell the story of her life to all those who have loved her. With his trademark wit and knowing eye, Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much more than feed us--they can nourish our souls.

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