My Mother's Kitchen

  • by Peter Gethers
  • Narrated by Peter Gethers
  • 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A funny, moving memoir about a son's discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking, people, and love.
Peter 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 more than feed us - they can nourish our souls.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The book you want to keep reading!

Every mother wants a son like Peter and every child wants a mom like Judy.
Full of warmth, humor, love and practical cooking advice, this book is a keeper to reread for cooking inspirations.
Now that we know Peters cats and family, he has to write more for us to live vicariously thru his words.
Thank you Peter.
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- dianne


A bit too much repetition of events but a very interesting story of an iconic family and their businesses.
Couldn't figure out hue to get the PDF files for the recipes!!
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- Barbara H. Handler

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio