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Publisher Description

“A sweet and savory treat.” —People

“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

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. 
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.

Fiction & Literature
July 28
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

stasi7 ,

Love this book!

When I came across this book, I wasn't sure it was for me, but something about it spoke to me and I'm so happy I listened. It's a great read with interesting and likable characters. The story came together in a way I haven't seen before. Read it, you won't be disappointed!

Cookininpennsy ,

Foodies will love this book.

I couldn't get enough of this book. From the characters to the recipes to the plot. I was hooked from the very beginning. An excellent and worthy read!

Hotdogfriend ,

SO good!!

I loved this book. I loved how the stories jumped between different characters who were all connected through one person, Eva, and also by food. Every character's story was so interesting, an entire book could be written about each of them. I finished the book wanting to know more. This book gives you perspective about the lives and feelings of others. Even the most insignificant interactions with strangers can have a huge impact on their lives. You just never know. Every person has a story.

I am very much looking forward to the next book from this author.

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