Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

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.

My Thoughts:

Now when I saw this book I thought of recipes in my mind. I was excited, but then I starting to skim and found none. Instead I found a love story waiting to burst out at me. 

Now I know what you are thinking oh boy it might not be so good or "OMG" I have to get it. It was not a bad read. i finished it in a week due to the busy homework scheduled I had. Stradal's characters annoyed me at times. What I wanted the main characters do to what I wanted it never occurred. :(. Nonetheless I liked the story line in which he was trying to head the story. It was a bit hard to connect because I tried to get into the characters shoes. A little bit of persistence came through and I found the book LOVELY. It was a liitle well writen enevn though it did need a little bit of time to build up. 

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