Shanta Sultana

Tasting her mother’s wonderful Indo-Persian food, a young girl would convince herself that she was loved and had a normal life. But it was her only opportunity to feel some kind of belonging.

Janet Clare

Digging around in a mess of recipes, mostly never made, a daughter comes across a message from her mother that she wishes she could answer.

Bex Brian

One sister was allowed to eat between meals, eat with her hands, eat nothing but baked beans on toast for months. The other had cloth napkins, Friday night steak, and dinner served promptly at 7 pm.

Aimee Lee Ball

V-Day decadence, not just for lovers.

Suzanne Turner

A work of fiction, very informed by a Southern childhood—its music, food, and culture—and a mama who was hometown royalty, prettiest girl in the Delta, but considered a “hick” up North.

Elizabeth Coo

Ah-ma’s modest potsticker shop on a Los Angeles county road is really the culmination of a journey that goes from resisting foot-binding in China to claiming a piece of The American Dream.

Patricia Fieldsteel

Clever Grandma opened a dress shop where women were always thinner (a size 12 became a size 10, a 10 became an 8…) and was always dieting, but she cooked with abundance.

Angela Fradella

Deciding who's in charge can be a challenge when an adult mother and daughter are sharing a household.

Jen Rubin

Grandma carried a sewing machine on her back in Russia, and carried her recipe for challah to America, where she played tricks on her daughter and taught her granddaughter her culinary tricks.

Theresa Wilson

A mother realizes that she is her daughter’s first teacher and mentor, challenging her to be part of something big.

Anna-Rosina Bunk

A daughter struggles with body shaming on the road to acceptance from (and of) her mother.

Suzy Vitello

A young woman goes to meet her boyfriend's family and finds a new mother.

Laura Stanfill

A daughter with mysterious childhood illnesses manages to grow, even thrive, with her mother’s skilled resourcefulness.

Mimi and Sophia Lesseos

She had a traumatic childhood—the opposite of “The Brady Bunch” and “The Partridge Family” that she watched on TV. But she determined to raise her own children differently. And she became fearless.

Stella Chase Reese

The woman behind the stove at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant learned to read from books that her father salvaged from the trash at a school for white children, and became a New Orleans legend.

Janie Braxton

A woman whose birth was considered to be a stain on the family’s name was given one tool in life: how to cook.

Phyllis Paul

A daughter remembers an amazing cook and a generation of women who spent hours in the kitchen with no complaints (and no leftovers).

Carol Brooks

Tackling her mother’s recipes this holiday season, a daughter follows the cooking guidelines that were passed down, including: Don’t be afraid to try.

Kylie Mazon-Chambers

At holiday time, Mom loves sharing something special and homemade with others—and “others” might include anyone from the clerk at Target to the gas station attendant.

Aimee Lee Ball

Learning from Mom how to live in the moment and embrace change.

Dana Klosner-Wehner

Mom could often be found at the kitchen table, lost in a book about the rich and famous, while her daughters ate spaghetti with ketchup.

Sioban Twomey

When a beloved daughter succumbed to the worship of thinness, her mother had to get her help.

Ne’Untae Brown

Mama ruled in the kitchen, and her daughter admired absolutely everything about her, so naturally she decided, with no experience, to make one of Mama's famous recipes, with fiery results.

Bex Brian

One of the reasons Mother never cleaned is because things weren't changed, merely brought back to their original state. What she liked was to tweak things, including food.

Patricia Becker-Spellman

Mom was a high-society beauty queen in Mexico City, and cooking never interested her, so her holiday meals were basically inedible. One Thanksgiving, her daughter took over.


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