52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 30

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal // So good you'll want to eat it

Start out 2018 with my favorite book from 2015. I loved the way multiple viewpoints combined to tell Eva’s story; I loved how food was used to tell Eva’s story. Chapters are named after foods or flavors, and each food plays a role in that chapter, and in Eva’s life, even if only tangentially. Through these foods, and the people who interact with the foods (and sometimes Eva), we follow Eva from before birth to adulthood. And it’s such a wonderful journey.

I finished this book and I wanted to love Eva so badly, and I felt like that’s exactly what the author wanted me to feel at the end of this book. No one in this book was perfect, which is what real life is. Not ALL of the food in the book was perfect either. I for one do not want to eat green jello with carrots in it; I also don’t want to eat Lutefisk. (Though I understand that’s an acquired taste!) And yet, this book is perfection.

This book is perfect for foodies and fiction lovers, and perhaps even fans of short stories; the book’s structure at times makes it feel like you’re reading (interconnected) short stories. I hope you love it as much as I did!  Click here to place on hold.

--Ang

Created by Ang Romano on Jan 4th, 2018 @ 4:08 PM.
Updated on Jan 4th, 2018 @ 4:09 PM.