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by J. Ryan Stradal
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Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 4 years ago
I fell in love with the cover and the title and the conceit that the book is built around but I half expected to be disappointed, so many books don't live up to their covers and so many clever conceits turn into pedestrian prose, but instead, I was deeply impressed by 'The Kitchens Of The Great Midw...
Kenny Loves to Read
Kenny Loves to Read rated it 5 years ago
I wasn't sure I'd like this one after the first couple of chapters. The writing was good but I wasn't sure I cared about any of the characters I was supposed to be connecting with. But then something happened in the third chapter, and I finally understood how the story about one person (Eva) was bei...
susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it 9 years ago
The story opens with Lars Thorvald and his virginity due to his long-standing family affair with lutefisk. Finally in his 20s, he falls in love with Cynthia over pesto. Their daughter, Eva, is born in 1989 and Lars immediately starts her on a life-long food journey with pureed shoulder roast, among ...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it 9 years ago
A foodie centric read with themes of missing/dead mothers everywhere. It had a strong start and a strong end, but the essential content connecting the ends was clumsy and dull.
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it 9 years ago
For the longest time, I kept ignoring this book when looking to fill my reader on Net Galley. I thought it was a cookbook. Then one day, I read the blurb, then the next day I started seeing all the reviews. I thought, I need to check this out. Boy, am I glad that I did. This was such a good story ab...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it 9 years ago
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, the debut novel by J. Ryan Stradal, is a fun read for foodies and non-foodies alike. Each chapter tells the story of one step in Eva Thorvald's culinary journey from infancy to world famous chef. What is unexpected is that the chapters are vignettes written from the pe...
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