August 9, 2017 –
This month's book is "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal.
When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine, and a dashing sommelier,he is left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter--starting with puréed 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 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 a mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life from its missed opportunities to its joyful surprises.