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From My Mama's Kitchen: food for the soul, recipes for living [Kindle Edition]

Johnny Tan
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Book Description

From My Mama’s Kitchen reveals 30 timeless recipes for living, ranging from the power of relationships to the nature of love and the meaning of life. Released with the endorsement of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, the book is dedicated to the realization and mastery of the power of unconditional love. The book offers a wealth of wisdom, knowledge of practical living skills and effective communication techniques brought to the reader from the nurturing comfort of a kitchen setting. From the virtue of spiritual awareness to self-actualization, Johnny’s 9 moms nourished him with their wisdom to become a person defined by his thoughts and actions.

The print version of this book is designed as a keepsake for all occasions, meant to last and inspire forever. It includes a blank dedication page for readers to inscribe their own loved one’s name, and a space where readers can record their recipes for living. At the very end of the book, Johnny incorporates nine of his favorite food recipes.

A tribute to mothers everywhere, the book has received five awards: in 2010, Mom’s Choice Awards, Mr. Dad Seal of Recognition and Publisher’s Choice Awards by Family Magazine Group, in 2011, International Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Book Awards. In 2012, the book made the Amazon Best Seller List in the following categories: Parenting & Family Relationships - Parent and Adult Child, Self Help - Health, Mind & Body - Spiritual and Motivational, and Cooking, Food & Wine - Essay.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I have been blessed over the years to have the opportunity to cross paths with several wonderful women whom I am proud to call moms. Collectively, my 9 moms became my teachers, coaches and counselors. The unconditional love they provided has enriched my intellectual and spiritual growth.
My 9 moms' timeless recipes for living have nourished my soul and guided me to living a life dedicated to teaching others how to use the power of unconditional love as potent leadership and leaving a legacy of love.  

Please join me in spreading the word and sending this wonderful gift of love to everyone you know.

Thank you and have a great day. 
Johnny Tan 

From the Back Cover

"Lucky is the child who can identify and benefit from the care and concern of a network of mothers."
"Johnny Tan has tapped into the core of family life, connection, care and communication - the kitchen. He explores the importance of the back and forth between mother and child, the transfer of knowledge and culture, the expression of love and concern. What intrigues me most is Tan's inclusion of his many mothers, women who have influenced his growth and development."
- Linda Lisi Juergens
Executive Director,
National Association of Mothers' Centers
Jericho New York

"From My Mama's Kitchen is Johnny Tan's charming, nostalgic look at the faith and wisdom imparted by nine moms who shaped his life. Recipes for everyday living and terrific dishes grace the pages of this sweet mosaic book that offers bits and pieces of something for everyone. A recommended warm and fuzzy read!"
- Debora M. Coty
Award-Winning Author of Mom Needs Chocolate,
Everyday Hope, The Distant Shore, and Billowing Sails

From My Mama's Kitchen is a celebration of maternal wisdom. Johnny Tan's love, respect and gratitude for all the "moms" in his life shine through every page. These "recipes for living" should be required reading for anyone in pursuit of happiness and success
- Susan M. Heim
Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family

Product Details

  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982023510
  • Publisher: THC Investments, LLC; 1 edition (January 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in life October 18, 2011
I had never heard of this book but was recommended by a friend....and I am so glad that I got to read this heartfelt book of love and life. I was able to identify with the love a mother has for her children and how Mr. Tan shared his recipes for life with his readers ....Thank you for your uplifting book on life and living it to the fullest.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise! May 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought I was ordering a cook book. But a lovely surprise as I read this delightful book one afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moms , their wisdom. May 16, 2013
By Sherril
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I especially liked how Mr. Tann was so positive about Moms, and not just his birth mom. It was great how he spoke of how different "moms" influenced his life. There were so many pithy statements scattered throughout the book.
In many ways this book reminds me of teachings from the Bible, especially Proverbs. It made me stop and think about my own mom and what I learned from her.
This is a book all young adults should read as they begin their journey of life on their own, in fact it would be good reading in high school.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching quick read March 30, 2013
This is a quick read. If you're expecting a long one, you obviously didn't look at the page count when you got it. It is a book that touches with the concept of motherly love and centrals around recipes for life. It's nice how Johnny includes some recipes in the back of the book and leaves a few pages to include your own input.

I think that Johnny touches an important element in this book- the love that mothers have for their children. I know that it doesn't apply to every single mother out there, nothing is an absolute in life- but it is a nice book that is heart felt and warming.

I like how he's honoring his mom. It's a touching quick read.

I'd recommend for those that enjoy feel good, biographical, and lesson learning pieces. Oh, and those that like recipes too. :)

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
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5.0 out of 5 stars More then food is being prepared in mama's kitchen. October 5, 2009
"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." This is an example of the wisdom and advice author Johnny Tan received from the influential women in his life. Those he affectionately called `moms.'

"From My Mama's Kitchen" began as a keepsake collection of recipes but soon morphed into a memoir of lessons learned and advice shared in the kitchen. The eternal love a mother has for her children is highlighted in this endearing novel as Tan shares with us the influence those lessons and advice had.

The kitchen is the hub of every house and like that hub; moms are the hub of the family. They are the teacher, doctor, security blanket, and banker in the eyes of their children. By preparing their children for adulthood all moms pass down advice and life lessons learned from their mothers. Author Johnny Tan had the unique opportunity to learn from his mother plus eight more women he referred to as mom.

In "From My Mama's Kitchen," Tan combines the collective learning from his nine moms. He affectionately gives credit where credit is due for the life his had led and the life he is living.
Right from the first paragraph, Tan's love and respect for the moms in his life will capture your undivided attention. Again and again, he presents their advice and guidance with a smooth pace that's both refreshing and comforting. The impact these women had on Tan's life is unmistakable as it is virtually on every page.

I recommend "From My Mama's Kitchen" to anyone whose life has been impacted by the lessons learned and advice gained from their mamas. The motherly love exemplified in this book will warm the hearts of both young and old.
"From My Mama's Kitchen - food for the Soul, recipes for living," is a testament to mothers' world wide.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for Mother's Day May 3, 2010
Mothers are an inspiration to us and food has always been a focus for social interaction. Johnny Tan's From My Mama's Kitchen: food for the soul, recipes for living is a tribute to the women in his life, the love and life lessons they showed him.

He writes, "designing one's life is very much like preparing to cook a meal. According to them (his "moms"), the secret to a delicious dish is not in cooking it, but rather in the hours of prepping it. It is in these hours of preparation that the mind lovingly creates the dish and anticipates all the possible scenarios that may pop up unexpectedly during the cooking phase.

"I learned that sometimes in life, when solving the most difficult challenges, I need to be patient and fluid. I cannot rush or cut corners. Everything has its own time, and the more thorough and focused I am, the easier it is for me to achieve the desired success."

A nice way to relate food and life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mama's Heart Exposed! October 21, 2009
Johnny Tan knows what really resonates with us all: LOVE! The book reads like a love note from mother's everywhere. He has been able to take the sentiments of different mother's and wrap them with a ribbon of unconditional love, wisdom and the need to express each generation's legacy. As I was reading the book, I felt as though the words were meant for me. Being a mom myself, I know that there is a bond between mother and child that is inexplainable. I hurt when my son hurts and my heart soars when his does. There is a protective urge that goes beyond anything else that I have experienced in life. Too often, this relationship is taken for granted. Johnny has brought this subject to the forefront with such passion that you can't help but to be proud of his commitment to women everywhere! Thank you for recognizing that our maternal nature ROCKS!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure!
Johnny Tan's lessons from "his mama's kitchen" touched me deeply. In this exquisite little book, Johnny shares his "food for the soul" and "recipes for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pat Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming and inspirational read
This book is a little jewel. Written in an easy to read style and coming straight from the heart. It celebrates unconditional motherly love while offering wisdom for life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Bentley
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming Tribute
This is a heart-warming, feel-good read that offers simple, though wise advice for living a fulfilling life. A good reminder of how short, but precious life is.
Published 6 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious serving of appreciation
From My Mama’s Kitchen is a sincere and heartfelt tribute to mothers, to women, and to the transformative power of love. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Olmstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Perfect for all moms
I originally bought this book for my daughter for her 30th birthday, and then bought a copy for myself as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kathryn Coffman
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a cookbook!
Sorry but I was very much looking for a cookbook. That was Johnny Tan's intention in the beginning. Though found some "food for thought" that isn't what I was searching... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carolyn Newton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This book was not only not what I expected, but I had trouble with the writing style and quit reading.
Published 16 months ago by flowerlady
4.0 out of 5 stars My Momma's Kitchen
I liked this book because Johnny Tan put so much of his wisdom in his book. I loved his Moms and how he related to each of them. A good read!
Published 16 months ago by Lucy Subers Schaller
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
I got this because someone recommended I pick it up while it was a free e-book, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Velvetspyramid
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Loved the stories and the pictures. They made all the recipes even more personal. Some fantastic dishes I can't wait to try!
Published 17 months ago by Char218
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More About the Author

Johnny Tan is the founder of From My Mama's Kitchen®. He is a featured host of a weekly Internet radio program, FMMK Talk Radio, which ranks in the top .1% of Blog Talk Radioʼs most popular shows. Guests have included The New Times number one bestselling authors and experts from the US and other countries.

As a leadership and motivational speaker, Johnny's message is "personal success begins at home." He teaches individuals practical strategies on how to use the power of unconditional love as potent leadership. Love is the catalyst that drives the ambition to succeed when it is given without regard to conditions. Johnny motivates people to create opportunities for themselves to leave a legacy of love.

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