Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Things did not go smoothly. Lars loved being a father to Eva. He had become a chef of modest renown by the time she was born, and he fed her his very best dishes, developing her palate at an early age. Her mother, however, failed to bond properly with her and felt constrained by parenthood, and left the family when Eva was still quite young. Shortly thereafter, Lars had an accident and died, and Eva was raised by her aunt and uncle who truthfully just did not get her. No matter. Eva was a force unto herself, a woman with an instinct for cooking and food, and the rest of the book tells the tales of her meteoric rise to the top of chefdom. Fun read, even if you have no Midwestern roots.