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On the day before her eleventh birthday, she's cultivating chili peppers in her wardrobe like a pro. Abandoned by her mother, gangly and poor, Eva arms herself with the weapons of her unknown heritage: a kick-ass palate and a passion bordering on obsession. Over the years her tastes grow, and so does her ambition.
One day Eva will be the greatest chef in the world. But along the way, the people she meets will shape her - and she them - in ways unforgettable, riotous and profound. So she - for one - knows exactly who she is by the time her mother returns to find out.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest is about the family you lose, the friends you make and chance connections that can define a life. Joyful, quirky or brazen, everyone lends their voice to tell Eva's story - one that's as heartwarming as it is irresistible, taking the bitter with the sweet.
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By sarah on 01-28-18
What was most disappointing about J. Ryan Stradal’s story?
The ending fizzled out.
Do you think Kitchens of the Great Midwest needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
I was being drawn into the story, and then it just, well, ended. Very annoying.
By Judith on 02-04-17
Incredible! Realistic, true and wonderful. Families, friends, lovers and food. What's not to like! Jumps from different narrators so interesting views of a similar world.