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Featured Book of the Month

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

(Published July 2015)

“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. 

If there’s one thing I love as much as a good book, it’s good food. That is why one of my favorite genres will always be foodie fiction. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is the perfect book club selection for foodie fic fans and newbies alike.

A novel that reads like a five-star, eight-course meal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a sweet and savory story on how we relate to food and the way it shapes us, using Midwestern cuisine as the dinnerware that carries the story along. The story centers on Eva Thorvald, a culinary wunderkind who “finds solace and salvation in the flavor of her native Minnesota.” Readers will watch Eva grow from a precocious home cook to the famous chef behind the nationally acclaimed pop-up dinner club.

Told in a series of vignettes that will make you feel as though you’re watching a more decadent version of He’s Just Not That into You with the flare of Top Chef, Kitchens will have you savoring each morsel of the story till the very last bite.

Kitchen of the Midwest description from Penguin Random House

Now for some read-a-likes!
•         The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
•         Delicious by Ruth Reichl
•         Starting From Scratch by Susan Gilbert-Collins
•         Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Katie Male-Riordan serves as the Library Manager at Hay Memorial Library in Sackets Harbor. She never goes a day without a cup of coffee in hand and half a bookcase crammed into her purse. She’s currently preoccupied with selecting the quintessential paint color to use in her living and dining room. Color suggestions may be sent to her via Twitter @katiebiblio.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is available in print, as an e-book, or as a Book Club in a Bag, from the North Country Library System.

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