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  • Title: My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life
  • Author: Peter Gethers
  • ISBN: 9780805093308
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My Mother s Kitchen is a funny, moving memoir about a son s discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking, people and lovePeter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wineMy Mother s Kitchen is a funny, moving memoir about a son s discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking, people and lovePeter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wine he doesn t really know how to cook So he embarks upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey that will ultimately allow him to bring his mother s friends and loved ones to the table one last time.The daughter of a restaurateur the restaurant was New York s legendary Ratner s Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child In her 80s, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets Gradually his ambition becomes manifest he decides to learn how to cook his mother the meal of her dreams and thereby tell the story of her life to all those who have loved her.With his trademark wit and knowing eye, Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much than feed us they can nourish our souls.
    My Mother s Kitchen Breakfast Lunch Dinner and the Meaning of Life My Mother s Kitchen is a funny moving memoir about a son s discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking people and lovePeter Gethers wants to giv

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    1. I thought this memoir was interesting, funny, engaging, and emotional I loved the photos, family, and the history The recipes throughout the book were perfectly positioned in the story and Gethers really has a way with words I would recommend this book to all and especially those who have a love for food and cooking 4 Thanks to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review

    2. 4.5 starsWhat a fantastic book I am so glad I read My Mother s Kitchen Family, Food, and the Meaning of Life Peter Gethers wants to give his mom a gift before she is gone so he decides to cook her each of her favorite dishes for her The journey that ensues is poignant and hilarious Gethers does not generally cook very often, and his mother loves complicated dishes In between the frequently humorous portions of the book detailing his preparation of the various meals, Gethers imparts to the reader [...]

    3. Nothing can be evocative than a properly worded title In this case, one must pay careful attention to the fact that this book is called MY mother s kitchen, because the MY takes center stage throughout this book This book purports to be about the legendary food celebrity Judy Gethers daughter of the Ratners restaurant family, friend mother figure to dozens who came out of the California Cuisine explosion of the 1970s, most notably Ma Maison and Wolfgang Puck, but make no mistake, it is only a l [...]

    4. Heavily promoted by BN this summer, so when it was 50% off, I bought it I debated finishing it, but did The last 1 3 of the book is the best.1 The title is misleading this is far about the author than his mother.2 Not much about her Kitchen.3 His mother s late blooming career is interesting but would have been a good magazine article there s just not enough to carry a book.

    5. At first I wasn t crazy about this book Although I liked the premise a son cooking his mother s favorite dishes in her last years of life , I just couldn t see the focus of the book as it progressed in the beginning However, by the end, I was sobbing I mean ugly crying kind of sobbing at the end as Peter Gethers talks about his mother and the power of friendship, love, a good meal and a delicious bottle of wine This book isn t just for foodies It s a memoir explaining how children learn about th [...]

    6. This is an ARC I loved this book and the ending made me cry It is well written and a warm, loving tribute to the author s mother I highly recommend it.

    7. Not a fan of this one Should have known when the title includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life The author is quite full of himself and likes to drop names of celebrity acquaintances He references his mother s sophisticated world i.e his family had money The only recipe I d consider making was the tarte tartin from Martha Stewart.

    8. Strange, very strange I didn t know what to expect, but this book was confusing Gethers has a lot of grudgeshis mother s side of the family, his brother, his nephew, and has brushed shoulders with a lot of famous people I ve never heard of He never mentions what his brother or nephew did to piss him off, but he tells the story of his mother s side in detail, and that s how the book begins He also brags about his Martini brothers in just a way that makes you hate their arrogance, because like so [...]

    9. The story he has could be a good one Unfortunately his unprofessional stream of consciousness writing is poorly edited In addition, his ignorance, misinformation and cultural insensitivity shows with gratuitous comments on an area of Jewish practice see bottom of page 52 He continues to repeat his disgust within his Matzo Brei recipe on the following page see Directions 1.Gethers believes himself to be an open minded person especially politically but in reality he shows us his hypocrisy and imp [...]

    10. This memoir started out strong and I enjoyed many parts of the first half, but the last 1 3 or so turned away from Judy Gethers and focused on her son and his reactions drifted really.Still, it was clever and fun, just should have been shorter.

    11. Didn t finish Author seems like a warm and loving person,but I just wasn t interested in what he had to say.

    12. Imagine growing up as part of the family that owns one of New York s iconic restaurants It is a life where food becomes the main reference to most major events That is the story that Peter Gethers tells in My Mother s Kitchen, but it is not his story It is the story of his mother, Judith Gethers nee Harmatz She is one of the children in the family that founded Ratner s, one of New York s most famous Kosher restaurants.Judith Harmatz was born in 1922, in New York, and grew up in and around Ratner [...]

    13. I received a free copy of this book as an early reviewer.I read My Mother s Kitchen slowly Not because it was a slog, quite the opposite I was so delighted by the stories of the author s mother that I decided 1 3 of the way through to take my time with it Peter Gethers memoir of his mother s llfe, and her relationship with him, family, and friends is a wonderful and sweet read As his mother, Judy, begins to grow frail, he decides to cook an ultimate meal for her based on all of her favorite dish [...]

    14. Really I thought when I first saw the subtitle of this book Really Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the meaning of life Apparently, yes, it turns out, if you, like most reasonable people, think that the meaning of life lies in food, family, and deep connections and rifts, occasionally between people Peter Gethers is a lucky guy his father was a well known writer and producer, his mother reinvented herself by becoming Wolfgang Puck s kitchen slave at Ma Maison in LA in the late 70s, when she was in [...]

    15. I received this advance readers copy with a slightly different cover, and title, a few months ago, and am finally getting caught up with some of my reading that I had gotten behind on I received My Mothers s Kitchen, Family, Food, and the Meaning of Life, and I finished it over the period of 3 days I REALLY enjoyed this memoir The author, Peter Gethers, is very funny and made the book so interesting, I didn t want to put it down His relationship with his mother, food, and wine, restaurants and f [...]

    16. I was prepared for something much rustic in tone when I saw the cover But what s inside is an elegant and well crafted tribute to an amazing woman Peter Gethers relationship with his mother was intimate and loving and his admiration shines through on every page This isn t a bragfest, though there is balance and she remains human, not a superhero Peter sets out to make his mother her favorite meals, the ultimate of her favorite foods, and he aims to make them himself His mother worked with Wolfg [...]

    17. A very sweet tribute to his mother, written by her son, who obviously adored her Judy Gethers seems to have been a marvelous woman, with an interesting life, and her son Peter memorializes her mostly through their shared love of, passion for, and careers in food It is lovely but honestly I cringe to say it went on a bit too long for me, perhaps like home movies or photo scrapbooks that are really of most intense interest only to those who know and love the people in them As a tribute to a belove [...]

    18. This is the story of a son and his mother with no whining Gethers honors his mother s pretty amazing accomplishment as a chef or cook as she humbly called herself who in her 50 s dove into the culinary world in the deep end.In her last few years, her son sets out to learn, cook and share with her her favorite dishes from her vast repertoire of dishes from around the world and her own cookbooks.There is no need to spell out any shortcomings of his mother as a mother, it s very subtle in his and h [...]

    19. I loved this book The author is quite funny, the depiction of his life growing up with his family extended included was interesting beyond measure His relationship with his mother, a remarkable woman, was a joy to read about And the FOOD, wine, other types of alcoholic beverages was truly a learning experience for me The wonderful restaurants, the countries especially the French countryside , made one feel as if they were experiencing it themselves And the recipes the author so graciously shared [...]

    20. Very enjoyable I ve seen many reviews that note the flaws yes the author is self absorbed, privileged and a name dropper but he is also truly funny and I laughed at many points of reading this His hostility towards his brother and uncles cousins really put in a sour note and were completely unnecessary to explaining his mom s evolution from daughter to housewife to worldly cook He also made me cringe when he described his relationship with an African American housekeeper as one that made him fai [...]

    21. The author had a fascinating mother that I was glad to get to know in this memoir I loved that this book had recipes for the dishes although I am not particularly likely to make them because through the recipes he was able to explain so much about his family, his mother, and life in general The ending was quite insightful, perhaps my favorite paragraph The most wondrous thing I learned is that cooking can give us hope Hope that by combining different ingredients we can somehow create something n [...]

    22. I received a free ARC of this book in a Giveaway, and oh my goodness I loved it What a beautiful and touching memoir of the author s relationship with his mother and her life She sounds like an amazing woman, and I loved the behind the scenes snippets of the food world While the author is not a cook chef himself, his appreciation for food and drink that he undoubtedly learned from his parents shines through, and his descriptions are vivid Grab a glass of your favorite wine and your favorite snac [...]

    23. I have been a fan of Peter Gether s writing since I read all three of his books about his beloved cat, Norton This is part memoir, part cookbook and a wonderful tribute to his mom.After her two sons were grown, she starts a career as a chef at the age of 53 She authored several cookbooks and mentored many chefs just as Wolfgang Puck had done for her.The author recreates many of her favorite dishes in this beautiful memoir about her I highly recommend this for anyone who appreciates a fine meal a [...]

    24. What a tender honest tribute to parents That is this book and Peter is very very very fortunate to have had Judy and Steven as his parents and they both have died This is a wonderful very original book He honors his parents in the telling of the story of their lives Since his mother in her fifties became a cook she insists to her son she is not a chef and says that belongs to her friend and mentor Wolfgang Puck and a known person in that profession much of this book is about food and there are r [...]

    25. I heard the author speak on this book and it sounded endearing and humorous The read was a little difficult for me as it seemed to lack a certain flow in the storyline It is a very remarkable story however about his mother who was quite a courageous and formidable presence in his life and in her decision to become a chef in her 50 s She was quite an inspiring person He includes some of popular recipes that she favored.

    26. I appreciated the way this man felt about his mom It was obvious that he adored her and was loyal to her.I don t enjoy his neediness which shouts throughout his writing I enjoyed hearing about the different foods his family enjoyed I think the recipes sound marvelous but difficult.I think our book club will just serve Jewish cuisine instead of attempting the recipes.

    27. VERY good Precious story Peter Gethers relationship with his mom, and their last years Perfect balance of story and recipes As in mostly story As only Peter Gethers can do Touching, sweet, not at all sappy The story between mother and son doesn t change Jewish or not If you liked Norton, you ll love this You ll be glad he would share this personal story with you.

    28. I won this book on good reads first reads.I thought this memoir was interesting, funny, engaging, and emotional I liked the pictures that were in the book The recipes throughout the book were nice I found some new recipes I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have a love for food, cooking and being with your Mom.

    29. I loved this book Even if you are not a chef or a cooking aficionado you will love this book The author, Peter Gethers has written a touching tribute to his mom, and his family You will come to love him and his family after reading this book His mom, Judy Gethers sounds pretty terrific I highly recommend to all.

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