|A spoonful of time|
Author: Ahn, Flora
Maya discovers stories and secrets from her family's past in Korea as her grandmother teaches her to cook and about their family's ability to time travel into memories via food.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/23)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2023 Korean American Maya is surprised to learn that her grandmother, who’s in the early stages of dementia, has the remarkable ability to travel back in time to her own memories by eating or making foods that formed part of that memory. Once Maya gets used to the idea, she begins to wonder if she can use this special ability to relive memories with her deceased father while also learning more about her Korean culture and heritage through foods and her grandmother’s memories. Ahn’s accounts of the memories themselves create a nostalgic atmosphere as they unfold before Maya’s eyes. In exploring her grandmother’s past, Maya is able to learn about herself, reflect on her relationship with her mother, and gain a more solid sense of where she comes from. This beautifully written book includes some recipes for the foods that Maya and her grandmother prepare in the story, and the descriptions of the dishes are tantalizing enough that readers might appreciate the ability to recreate them at home. A warm and satisfying intergenerational story. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.