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In this heartfelt love story, Diana shares the intimate journey of her mother's final thirteen months. She cooks her mother's heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good In this heartfelt love story, Diana shares the intimate journey of her mother's final thirteen months. She cooks her mother's heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good life: forgiveness, love, faith, and gratitude for every moment. Diana hopes that her story will inspire you to be courageous, present, authentic and vulnerable during your farewell journeys. The book includes some of Rose's most cherished recipes, Chicken mole, Spanish rice, chili beans, enchiladas, guacamole and others. Diana was just nine years old and when her culinary training began. Rose was making her legendary flour tortillas, and Diana's big job was to mix the masa. Rose expertly poured water, flour, salt and a little baking powder in the bowl and Diana eagerly put her small hands in the bowl and tried to follow her mother's patient instructions on how to mix it. Diana loved the way the sticky dough felt in her little fingers. She was so very proud and excited to help her mama. Diana didn't understand the road she had embarked on that afternoon and the joy she'd experience cooking with her mother for more than 20 years. But none of these multi-generational recipes had been written down, nor could Diana make them without help from her mother. And thus the urgency for this final training from her master chef, Rose. Her recipes needed to be perfected for future generations to enjoy. About the author Diana Silva is a San Francisco-based home chef, video blogger and radio host. Her Mole Mama Recipes YouTube channel celebrates family recipes, cooking delicious meals at home and adding love to every recipe. Diving into her Latina roots, she uses her magical molcajete, and other tools and techniques that make her food taste like grandma used to make back in Mexico. Along with her guest chefs, Diana explores recipes and traditions from all over the world and the stories that keep them alive. Diana is calling everyone to return to their kitchens and to preserve their living and passed ancestor's favorite recipes and stories for future generations. "We need to try to preserve our cultures and not just let those favorite recipes disappear forever. The common thread of every cherished family recipe is that they were homemade with love, and that's the real secret ingredient," says Diana. For many home chefs, cooking is their preferred love language, and that's why we cherish their recipes. Their love has the power to transcend an ordinary recipe into magic! Diana encourages everyone to preserve those precious recipes and the stories that make them special. She invites those whose recipes have been lost or have faded over time to subscribe to her YouTube channel, there are plenty of recipes and traditions to share, and you just might be inspired to create your own because, "Every Recipe Tells a Story." Many of the recipes in this book are on her YouTube channel.


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In this heartfelt love story, Diana shares the intimate journey of her mother's final thirteen months. She cooks her mother's heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good In this heartfelt love story, Diana shares the intimate journey of her mother's final thirteen months. She cooks her mother's heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good life: forgiveness, love, faith, and gratitude for every moment. Diana hopes that her story will inspire you to be courageous, present, authentic and vulnerable during your farewell journeys. The book includes some of Rose's most cherished recipes, Chicken mole, Spanish rice, chili beans, enchiladas, guacamole and others. Diana was just nine years old and when her culinary training began. Rose was making her legendary flour tortillas, and Diana's big job was to mix the masa. Rose expertly poured water, flour, salt and a little baking powder in the bowl and Diana eagerly put her small hands in the bowl and tried to follow her mother's patient instructions on how to mix it. Diana loved the way the sticky dough felt in her little fingers. She was so very proud and excited to help her mama. Diana didn't understand the road she had embarked on that afternoon and the joy she'd experience cooking with her mother for more than 20 years. But none of these multi-generational recipes had been written down, nor could Diana make them without help from her mother. And thus the urgency for this final training from her master chef, Rose. Her recipes needed to be perfected for future generations to enjoy. About the author Diana Silva is a San Francisco-based home chef, video blogger and radio host. Her Mole Mama Recipes YouTube channel celebrates family recipes, cooking delicious meals at home and adding love to every recipe. Diving into her Latina roots, she uses her magical molcajete, and other tools and techniques that make her food taste like grandma used to make back in Mexico. Along with her guest chefs, Diana explores recipes and traditions from all over the world and the stories that keep them alive. Diana is calling everyone to return to their kitchens and to preserve their living and passed ancestor's favorite recipes and stories for future generations. "We need to try to preserve our cultures and not just let those favorite recipes disappear forever. The common thread of every cherished family recipe is that they were homemade with love, and that's the real secret ingredient," says Diana. For many home chefs, cooking is their preferred love language, and that's why we cherish their recipes. Their love has the power to transcend an ordinary recipe into magic! Diana encourages everyone to preserve those precious recipes and the stories that make them special. She invites those whose recipes have been lost or have faded over time to subscribe to her YouTube channel, there are plenty of recipes and traditions to share, and you just might be inspired to create your own because, "Every Recipe Tells a Story." Many of the recipes in this book are on her YouTube channel.

39 review for Molé Mama: A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fran Soto

    I won this book as giveaway. That being said. I really the fact you can get such a sense of the love in the family and how they expressed their love through food and family events. I am so glad that Diana chose to include recipes in her book...as I read the book I wanted to cook and eat along with her and her family. My mother read this book as my grandmother was dying and found it incredibly helpful and restorative. While I have not experienced the same sense of loss nor have I gone through tha I won this book as giveaway. That being said. I really the fact you can get such a sense of the love in the family and how they expressed their love through food and family events. I am so glad that Diana chose to include recipes in her book...as I read the book I wanted to cook and eat along with her and her family. My mother read this book as my grandmother was dying and found it incredibly helpful and restorative. While I have not experienced the same sense of loss nor have I gone through that same process, I was still able to truly enjoy Diana's memories. I highly recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Terri Mead

    This is such a delightful read. It is a love letter to Diana's mother and despite the fact that I have not experienced the the same level of loss, my heart was warmed by what I read. I am inspired to live my best possible life. This is such a delightful read. It is a love letter to Diana's mother and despite the fact that I have not experienced the the same level of loss, my heart was warmed by what I read. I am inspired to live my best possible life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristal

    I won this book from Goodreads. It was signed with a very nice message. I loved this book for the family and the recipes. Heart warming story of true family life. I felt like I was part of the story and it's inspired me to cook. I won this book from Goodreads. It was signed with a very nice message. I loved this book for the family and the recipes. Heart warming story of true family life. I felt like I was part of the story and it's inspired me to cook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. A very poignant story of the author's mother's last 13 months. Wonderful story of faith, family, and food. The book made me sad, but it also made me smile. I can only hope that when my time comes I am as well loved as Rose was. I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway program. A very poignant story of the author's mother's last 13 months. Wonderful story of faith, family, and food. The book made me sad, but it also made me smile. I can only hope that when my time comes I am as well loved as Rose was.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I read this book from back to front, then front to back. (All the recipes are in the back, and honestly, I'm glad I read them first because it really helped me imagine the scents and flavors throughout the book! It was accidental, but I highly recommend this approach.) Diana generously and vulnerably opens the kitchen door to us, sharing the story of the last year of her mother's life, the foods and memories they shared every weekend. It's a beautiful way to love someone home to heaven, making t I read this book from back to front, then front to back. (All the recipes are in the back, and honestly, I'm glad I read them first because it really helped me imagine the scents and flavors throughout the book! It was accidental, but I highly recommend this approach.) Diana generously and vulnerably opens the kitchen door to us, sharing the story of the last year of her mother's life, the foods and memories they shared every weekend. It's a beautiful way to love someone home to heaven, making their favorite, most memorable recipes/meals. I had to read this in the wee hours of the morning, because I got terribly emotional....but in a good way, you know? By the end of the story, I felt as though I'd been on those many Highway 101 trips, sat with Diana, Rose, and Isabella through their hard, lovely days and meals, said goodbye as well to a dear little woman. The very best part is that I'll have the recipes they ALSO shared, to create and give to my own loved ones! Thank you, Diana, for the book, for sharing your story. Your mom's life continues to bless others through these words and recipes!

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