Quarantining with Mum has its advantages (home-cooked meals!), but it’s hard to handle codependency after seeing more of the world.
Against All Odds
Poetic gratitude for a mother who has been a queen in shining armor, never giving up on providing hope, joy, and laughter.
With twins born prematurely, a mother went to extraordinary lengths to protect their health and nutrition—and to ensure that their childhood was different from her own.
A Matter of Trust
When a mother believes that her degree in child psychology qualifies her to analyze her daughter, it creates guilt and anxiety, including about the way her vegan daughter eats.
Three Candy Bars
Sally A. Brett
Mom believed in sharing among siblings, in making things "even." Turns out, she had a special, private reason.
No Shame in Baking
For an adopted daughter who has been through too many failed placements, hoarding food became a crisis reaction. Her mother figured out how to lure her from her stinky room.
Mum had great faith in the healing properties of a vile health drink. Decades later, as ammunition against a pandemic, it returns in a different guise.
A Sweet Thing From A Time of Pain
A trip to South Carolina for the funeral and “enlivening” ceremony of her grandmother lets a daughter adopted from Guatemala continue a family culinary legacy that had almost disappeared.
But Please With Sauce
For a daughter with a dreamy and creative personality, German precision and discipline were difficult, but an extra dollop of sauce at dinner meant an extra portion of love.
Dear Mother, Dear Daughter
A letter of gratitude, to a mother who provided valuable lessons and sustenance, and to a daughter still too young to know the importance of those gifts.
Doing Her Best
Mama had a pervasive air of sadness (and frequently a cigarette dangling from her mouth), but she was always a good listener, followed by a warm hug..
A Push-button Life
The Philippine tradition is that once a child is capable of working, she must “give back” to her parents. It’s a debt of gratitude. But the fantasy of an easy-peasy life in American was tempting.
The Quiet Rebellion
An offer of healthy recipes has tacit meaning: a mother's way of apologizing, a daughter's way of accepting.
If Music Be the Food of Love
Eva Caisey Thompson, Maria Thompson Corley, and Kiana Corley
A trilogy of stories from a family that cares about nutritious meals but freely admits that food plays second fiddle to their music.
The compromises and guilt for a mother of teens, combined with zero enthusiasm for pandemic grocery shopping.
Losing My Religion
A school assignment to interview her grandparents about World War II revealed an extraordinary family history—a choice between heritage and survival that her mother did not have to make.
Doing the Work
Deborah Lindsay Williams
A recipe for dill bread is linked to a bygone world of Chicago politics, when Mom took her daughter on door-knocking expeditions to drum up interest in whatever progressive candidate was running.
Ever A Teacher, Ever A Student
Ivy Baer Sherman
Mama had many skills. The art of cooking was not one of them. But the daily coming together to share stories around the kitchen table was its own form of comfort food.
Just the Essentials
Stepping foot into a grocery store was paralyzing, and quarantine cooking was emotionally exhausting. Then a lime green postcard arrived in the mail.
Newspaper on the table, a pile of crab legs—Mom knew how to make life seem good.
The Skinny Elephant in the Room
A daughter confronts truths, gingerly forges independence, and tries to convince her mum that her unconditional love hasn't changed.
Recovery from two different health crises allowed mother and daughter to put aside past grievances and celebrate life together.
Mending With Each Plate
Mother and daughter were best friends until a youthful push for independence created a rift. But with Covid-19, a move back home and a shared kitchen created a new dynamic.
Her beloved daughter became dark and withdrawn. A suggestion to try cake decorating together proved to be the recipe they needed to move back into the light.
An Englishwoman goes foraging, and her daughter unexpectedly falls under her spell.