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Kitchens Of The Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Cover photoFEATURED FICTION:

2016 INDIES CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD – ADULT DEBUT WINNER

“An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu. . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are.”–The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Pick

One of 2015’s Great Reads, and a “Staff Pick” – NPR.org

A top 10 book of the year – Library Reads

One of 2015’s top 15 novels – Daily Mail

A top 100 book of the year – Amazon.com

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is the summer’s most hotly-anticipated debut and already a New York Times bestseller.

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life–its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

WRBH’s Best Selling Fiction program airs every Monday through Friday at 11AM and again at 9:30PM. Your reader for this book is Jane Trucksis. 

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