Kitchens of the Great Midwest

By J. Ryan Stradal
Star Rating

Rated by Brian O.
Sep 5, 2015

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal centers around the life of a young chef, Eva Thorvald. Through shifting narratives we follow Eva as a young girl growing exotic habaneros, see her struggle to support her father while interning at a restaurant, fall foolishly in love and finally start her own exclusive dinner club. The story weaves around her, told by: her father, a culinary rival, a cousin and other acquaintances, each perspective adding a bit of color to her portrait.

Stradal's first novel reads like a love letter to the Midwest, specifically Minnesota where he grew up