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J. Ryan Stradal - Author

About the Author

J. Ryan Stradal's writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Rattling Wall, McSweeney's: The Goods, and Hobart, among other places, and he edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a literary-culinary events series called Hot Dish and has worked as a TV producer, notably for Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch. He does not own a gun and a motorcycle, which makes him unique among the men in his extended family.

 

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Author: J. Ryan Stradal Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2015

';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 PickKitchens of the Great Midwest is a novelabout 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 wineand a dashing sommelierhe's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughterstarting with pureed 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 lifeits missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.