Barbara Ballinger

Two daughters get cooking instruction from their food-loving mom, with different results, but both learn from the unexpected failures and rejoice with the more frequent successes—a good metaphor for life.

Dana M. Lewis

Culinary skills in the family go back for generations, to a "scandalous" great-grandmother in a Louisiana parish populated by freed slaves and sharecroppers.

Tori Romano

A lifelong work ethic was established on the family farm. And making bread with her mother and grandmother drew a sassy and angst-ridden teen back to the kitchen.

Sutapa Biswas

An elderly mother, a continent away, sends fretful messages to her daughter, a doctor who is an essential worker in London. But her delicious recipes for a busy schedule are helping more than ever.

Laurie Kirk

A mother raises her children in the way she wanted to be raised herself, and coronavirus lockdown together is a good opportunity to talk frankly about the mistakes of past generations.

Diane Kendig

Mom cooked for friends at church for many years—from the Sunday School teachers to the women whose babies she’d watched in the nursery while they sang in choir. And when she died, they all gathered to eat her food.

Debra Mittleman

At five years old, her response to her first ballet was classic, like a song from A Chorus Line: She wanted to be a dancer. And her devoted mother found her the best studio in town. But….

Goldie Krauss

Mom was a nervous person. Life had taught her that something bad could be right around the corner. But she was fearless in the kitchen.

Miyoko Sakatani

Consigned to an internment camp in World War II, a Japanese mother prepared traditional foods, trying to maintain dignity, and maintain the family unit by eating together.

Malka Margolies

One condition predicated the marriage of the rabbi's wife: She had to learn how to make her mother-in-law's kugel.

Gloria Bailen

A woman eager to leave behind her working-class roots embraced the post-WWII American dream of prosperity with a domain of domesticity.

Lydia Carlston

With daughters at the age of explosive growth and multiple interests, a woman who has become “boring Mom” finds some gifts in quarantining together.

Patricia Fieldsteel

Asparagus was a crucible in the family. Nana ate it from a jar. A beloved aunt mulched and slurped the fresh stalks like a savage. Mother did not approve.

Julie Salamon

Mom was always exciting, sometimes maddening, occasionally embarrassing, like trying to bribe a policeman from giving her a parking ticket with the homegrown tomatoes in her trunk.

Derya Celikkol

Mom’s advice and lessons were “cheat codes,” like the ones you use in video games to get to a higher level. And she seemed to anticipate exactly what her daughter would need for comfort in a pandemic.

Yolanda Allen

Bad relationships and poor choices meant Mom was not setting a good example for her daughter, until they both figured out there was no time to waste.

Paula T. Lin

A child of Chinese immigrants “married well,” but the emotional scars from a childhood of poverty and hunger stayed with her, and defined what she wanted for her daughters.

Bex Brian

A daughter muses about her mother’s life during the bombing of London—the rationing of food, the randomness of who lived and died—and finds similarities to today’s world. What would Mum think now?

Andriena P. Botto Roever, Valentina Roever, and Sophia Roever

A mother who made a new life in America teaches her three daughters the food traditions of her Argentinean heritage, but even more importantly, models how to make a difference in the world.

Crystal Scott

A young mother-to-be feels the stress of knowing that her womb will not always be shelter for her child from the dangers of the world in the time of coronavirus.

Désirée Willmes

Food has always been Mom’s passion. Now she and her daughter exchange recipes, celebrate the occasional happy hour, and share many delicious memories—only on FaceTime.

Keira Smith

Mum is an ambulance technician, a hero who saves lives. To alleviate worry and missing her, a daughter away at college practices the healthy cooking Mum taught.

Mary Kate Magee

Separated by circumstances, a mom who taught her daughters to be goddesses reinforces her advice from afar, including her belief that there is a dish to solve every problem.

Meg Currell

It was frustrating to replicate the food of her childhood from her mother’s recipes, written in a shorthand that rendered the information undecipherable.

Nefertiti DiCosmo

Divorce caused a rift between a Mama’s girl and her Mama. But when the daughter became a mother herself, she found a way back through her own child.

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