Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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Already a hotly anticipated debut--about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation. 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780698402973
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Ryan, Amy
Stuhlbarg, Michael
Call Number: eAudio


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Narrators Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg serve up a delicious debut novel about a young woman who triumphs over adversity to become a world-renowned chef. Evocative descriptions and a gift for character development weave this relatively simple story into so much more.

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Jul 01, 2019

Its a drama story that goes through a cycle of people that lite heartily have cooking recipes/ topics. Gets confusing in transition from new character plot to next as it half hassardily mention the lead person in each plot. Trying to give benefit of doubt that story would redeems itself....clifthanging

Was looking for cooking was instead force fed to digest drama instead of food

lotuslori_8 Feb 15, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters and the different ways their lives intersected. Highly recommend this audiobook.

A lovely collection of stories and recipes, and wine to go with! Baby Eva begins life developing her fabulous palate on heirloom tomatoes and pureed choice selections chose by her doting dad, Lars, master of the Mid West delicacy, lutefisk. But her mother leaves, Lars dies and we next meet her as an introverted teen, being raised by her aunt & uncle and raising her own impossibly hot chocolate habaneros. First love comes with freshly caught Winnipeg Walleye and her first job as a sous chef.

Lots of gentle irony , and the voices are just right as several separate stories lead to elusive Eva's exclusive masterpiece dinner. A book to be savored.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

JCLHopeH Nov 16, 2016

This book is a pleasing combination of character vignettes and mouth-watering food (verbal) imagery. The plot isn't elaborate or striking, but I love the emotional connection I made with each of the characters as their lives in some way, some time, cross paths with the young culinary wonder Eva Thorvald. Like a good meal, it has a sweet finish that leaves you wishing you could have just a bit more.

PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 22, 2016

This is such a great book! And listening to it is definitely the way to go.

Narrated by alternating voices, Kitchens starts us out with the tale of Lars, a cook with a palate that unfortunately can't save his marriage. But he passes it down to his daughter, who, as we see her in different stages of life, develops more and more skill with food and flavors.

The supporting characters help give the book its charm, as we don't always get to see Eva from her point of view. But the food--itself a supporting, if not secondary leading, character--always sounds wonderful, so don't listen hungry. Or if you do, be prepared to try out some of the recipes you'll come across.

Sure, it's kind of strange. But that's what makes it so great.

Sep 08, 2015

This novel explores Eva Thorvald's first 24 years through the lenses of other people in her life From losing her parents as a baby to becoming a celebrated chef who can demand $10,000.00 for a seat at her event dinners, Eva is shaped by her upbringing in Iowa and Minnesota as well as the people around her. Each section begins with a food important in Eva's journey -- venison, bars, etc. -- and culminates with The Dinner where several of the 16 paying guests are from her past. I'd love to see a sequel when Eva is 50!


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