At My Mother's Tent
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.
Easy to Please
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.
A Tale of Two Mothers
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.
A Valentine's Day Do-ver
Aimee Lee Ball
V-Day decadence, not just for lovers.
Night of the Singing Fiddles
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.
A Recipe To Life
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.
More Is Better
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.
Who's the Boss?
Deciding who's in charge can be a challenge when an adult mother and daughter are sharing a household.
Learning the Secrets
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.
The Impossible Dream
A mother realizes that she is her daughter’s first teacher and mentor, challenging her to be part of something big.
The Perfect Shape
A daughter struggles with body shaming on the road to acceptance from (and of) her mother.
A young woman goes to meet her boyfriend's family and finds a new mother.
Soup On A Tray
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.
What Would Leah Do?
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.
Miss Mittie's Sweet Potato Pie
A woman whose birth was considered to be a stain on the family’s name was given one tool in life: how to cook.
One More Day
A daughter remembers an amazing cook and a generation of women who spent hours in the kitchen with no complaints (and no leftovers).
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.
Lessons in Generosity
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.
Hip-Hop and Hoisin Sauce
Learning from Mom how to live in the moment and embrace change.
The Worst Cook in the World
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.
Packing For Treatment
When a beloved daughter succumbed to the worship of thinness, her mother had to get her help.
T'was the Night Before Thanksgiving
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.
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.
Not Another Sad Dinner
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.