Eloquently and warmly written, Mamma is a book at once deeply personal and fascinatingly anthropological. Mina is a joy to read: intelligent, thoughtful and playfully humorous, she engages you with food in a way that is both ravenous-making and cerebral. While exploring the importance of food and cooking to identity and wider culture, it's also a book that makes a compelling case for the deliciousness, imperfection and humanity of home cooking - a moving and refreshing read in a world of aspirational, often exclusionary food and lifestyle porn.
Oh this is going to be so brilliant - cannot wait!!
Another informative, sensitive, delicious book by Mina Holland. Simply lovely.
Mamma is a book you will want to take up to bed and savour; like with great American food writing it is more literature than recipe book, and yet what recipes it has. A deeply delicious read.
You'll be charmed, enlightened and inspired by this beautiful and insightful telling of where we are today with food that celebrates home cooking.
Mina's writing is informed, humorous and touching. A beautifully structured, intelligent and vital book for anyone interested in why and what we eat. A gem.
A fascinating book full of interesting food stories and recipes for delicious dishes.
Whether the memories are good or bad, our relationship with food begins at home, watching pots stirred, spices sprinkled and spoonfuls tasted. Mina Holland nails the current nostalgia trend in her latest book, Mamma, where she talks to such food visionaries as Anna Del Conte and Yotam Ottolenghi about how recipes are histories of who we are. Prepare to be engrossed.
In this inspiring hotpot of essays, memoir, interviews and - last but not least - great recipes, the editor of the Guardian's Cook magazine explores the relationship between the food of our childhood and our adult tastes, the interplay of tradition and innovation. Her themed chapters cover topics like Nature, Women and Eating Meat, which she discusses with the likes of chefs Jamie Oliver and Yotam Ottolenghi, psychotherapist Susie Orbach and actor Stanley Tucci. There are accompanying recipes for Eggs, Pulses, Vegetables, and so on. A childhood vegetarian, pulses are still 'the beating heart' of Holland's cooking. An engaging book that blends thought-provoking writing and brilliant recipes.