Review of Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham

Reviewed by:  Mojomums reviewer Karen

What they say:  When the British Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during WWII, aspiring cook Maggie Johnson seems close to realising a long-held dream. After overcoming a tangle of red tape, Maggie’s Kitchen finally opens its doors to the public and Maggie finds that she has an unexpected problem – her restaurant is too popular, and there’s not enough food to go round.

Then Maggie takes twelve-year-old street urchin Robbie under her wing and, through him, is introduced to a dashing Polish refugee, digging for victory on London’s allotments. Between them they will have to break the rules in order to put food on the table, and, perhaps, find love into the bargain…

What we say: “Maggie’s Kitchen is a great read that transports you to a time where community spirit was a wonderful thing.

Set during the war you get a real insight into what life was like during that time, from how people survived on rations to how everyone chipped in and helped each other. There are also plenty of great recipes throughout the book that I know I’m eager to try.

Without giving too much away, Maggie’s Kitchen also has an incredibly sad side to it that will have you reaching for the tissues at some points.

Maggie’s Kitchen is great book and shows what it was like to be a woman with dreams and ambition during a time when it was mostly men that went out to work. It’s a must read for anyone that loves stories that will make you laugh and cry all in one chapter.”


Maggie’s Kitchen is available from many good book stores and online from Amazon.



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