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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

“Waiting On”: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

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.

Publishing July 28, 2015 by Pamela Dorman Books.

2 comments:

Kay said...

OK, honestly, if someone can find solace and salvation in lutefisk, I'd have to read about it. LOL

I'm seeing this one all over the place. Seems like many will be trying it.

Crystal BooksUnbound said...

This book sounds really good! I'm definitely going to add it to my want list. I love trying new reads and this sounds really fun! Great pick this week! My WoW:

Crystal @ Books Unbound