Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kitchen's of the Great Midwest

From Goodreads:
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 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.
From Me:
For me, this book had a funky structure until I got used to it and then about halfway thru the book it dawned on me that it was a series of connected vignettes. Once I had that down I sat back and enjoyed all the "Midwestedness" of it. 
 I loved the narration,  (Narrated By Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg   ) especially Michael Stuhlbarg.  He gave a great cadence to that Midwest accent. 
This book has really good reviews and I did enjoy it --- all the talk about regional food was wonderful, because I love regional cooking, but it was more than that.  It was a book about  self-discovery. 
 My favorite chapter had to be the one about 'bars'!  All my Midwest friends say 'bars'  (I'm gonna make some bars today)  Who doesn't love bars?
I give this book 3 stars.


bermudaonion said...

I think the structure was easier to figure out in print. I loved it!

JoAnn said...

I guess my win decision will be whether to read or listen!

JoAnn said...

Not sure how "only" became "win", but I'm guessing auto-correct was involved ;-)

RAnn said...

What else does one call bars? I guess folks from other places don't make them.

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