Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Large Print / Library Binding)
Each chapter of this debut novel are like linked short stories following in leaps the life of Eva, born with a rare gift for food. The characters are compelling and the journey into the foodie culture is fascinating. Exotic,delicious dishes are described and also with some silliness. When asked if the ingredients of a woman's bar cookies were locally sourced, she replied "yes, they're from the grocery store just a few blocks from my house." I will remember these people for a long time!— Rene
August 2015 Indie Next List
“In the story of Midwestern chef savant Eva Thorvald and the people -- and foods -- that touch her life, Stradal has created a picture of the American foodie revolution of the past 25 years and of its intersections with class, economics, family, and culture. Along with irresistible characters and stories, this is a novel about the potential that food and cooking offer for joy and empowerment, for snobbery and shame, and for identity and reinvention. Beautifully structured and affectionately and hilariously written, this is a novel that -- like Thorvald's exclusive pop-up supper club -- everyone is going to be talking about!”
— Jessica Stockton Bagnulo (M), Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
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 pur ed pork shoulder.