My Mother’s Kitchen: A novel with recipes by Meera Ekkanath Klein
“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. Meena’s story takes place in the fictional town of Mahagiri, nestled in the mountains of south India. Meena narrates the events of her life with humor, energy and innocence. 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 that 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.
“My Mother’s Kitchen” is a delectable read that brings the smells and tastes of a south Indian kitchen to life. Each chapter ends with a recipe from amma’s (mother) kitchen. Easy recipes like Mother’s Lemon Rice or Aviyal (vegetable stew) are an additional delight to this deceptively unsophisticated tale of growing up. Come into “My Mother’s Kitchen” for tasty meals, quirky characters and innocent pleasures of childhood.