From My Mama’s Kitchen – “Food for the Soul, Recipes for the Living” is a wonderful keepsake book about motherly love. It is a tribute to acknowledge and honor moms all over the world for their spiritual and inspirational contribution in making a positive difference in the lives of their children and their loved ones. Adopted at birth in Malaysia, and later moving to the United States to attend college, Johnny Tan’s life journey led him into crossing paths with various women he admiringly referred to as “Mom.” It is from his 9 moms’ insightful parenting skills and motivational words of wisdom that guided Johnny in decoding the many mysteries and challenges of everyday living. This served as the wonderful backdrop for everyone to reflect back and rekindle their own memories with their moms – during the various heartfelt moments that might have otherwise been forgotten. Entertaining, inspiring, and educational, Johnny has managed to bring “motherly love” to center stage, honoring the various significant roles mothers play in our daily lives – the forgotten heroes of our time!
Johnny gives an overview of the book:
We all need today to plan for tomorrow. However, we sometimes forget that today is actually tomorrow for yesterday.
Although all my moms have different ethnic backgrounds and grew up in different parts of the world
and the United States, they all have one thing in common; they all belong to the same generation. Each one grew up in the late 1920s to the late 1930s and was familiar with less-advanced early kitchen devices, which
I call the wood-burning stove era. However, what may seem primitive to us today was the technology of their time. Food was cooked three times daily, and everything was prepared from scratch and with fresh ingredients.
Food for Thought: All the food was organically grown and raised. The term shelf life was not in the kitchen dictionary.
This book is about women empowerment – through their natural nurturing motherly love instincts, they have the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of their loved ones through the various roles of being a teacher, a coach, and a counselor. From a parenting perspective, it has a wealth of wisdom for good parenting skills in communicating more effectively.
Paying tribute to moms all over the world in an entertaining, inspiring, and educational way, this book also serves as a wonderful backdrop for everyone to reflect and rekindle their own memories of their moms as it stirs up those long forgotten heartfelt moments.
Adopted at birth in Malaysia and later moving to the United States to attend college, Johnny Tan’s life journey led him to cross paths with various women who he admiringly refers to as “Mom.”
What I have learned from my 9 moms –
“Respect the past, because it is a classroom for lessons learned. Be prepared for the future, because it is my destiny.
Always live in the now, because every moment is a memorable experience.” - Johnny Tan
Like a pot of the famous Louisiana gumbo, Johnny Tan’s life has been richly flavored over the years by his 9 moms.
In April 2007, Johnny began recording the many heartfelt moments and words of wisdom expressed in the kitchen. The result is “From My Mama’s Kitchen -...
In this rather touching sojourn into the realm of motherly love, Johnny Tan, a Malaysian-born writer, adopted at birth, brings the warmth of love into print. During his adaptation to western life, he...