Kitchens Of The Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan StradalKitchens Of The Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens Of The Great Midwest: A Novel

byJ. Ryan StradalRead byAmy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg

Audio Book (CD) | July 28, 2015

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“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

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. It was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon, BookPage, LibraryReads, and NPR. 
 
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.

J. Ryan Stradal edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and McSweeney’s: The Goods, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers and D...
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Title:Kitchens Of The Great Midwest: A NovelFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:1 pages, 5.88 × 5.1 × 1.15 inPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1611764351

ISBN - 13:9781611764352

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great vacation read! Funny, great recipes. Throughly enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Great vacation read! Funny, great recipes. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2017-01-03