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.
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 ) 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.