I always loved reading, and from what I told you last time, Im doing the 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge (which I’m currently behind by one book….I think) So when the girls at Hachette asked me if I wanted a copy of “Kitchens of the great Midwest” I didn’t even hesitate to say yes.
So…who IS Eva Thorvald? This is the story of a girl, from the day she was born until she became one of the most successful chefs in history (maybe) it sounds like and ordinary tale but what I loved about it is that the story is not told from her side, but from the people around her. It chapter has a different narrator, someone close to her or relevant to her story, her dad, her cousin, a friend, an old crush. Each one will tell their story and give us a little piece of Eva’s life.
I have to admit, it took me by surprise, specially because the story gets stuck by tragedy early on and the first couple of narrator changes caught me off guard, but as the story develops you get to know more and more about this girl who is more passionate about food than any foodie I’ve met. I did feel a bit weird when it ended, I just wanted at least one chapter from her point of view, specially because we can only read what people said about her, but you are left with the choice of actually believing she is as she’s described or maybe she’s a completely different person.
Sorry I went through a tangent on that last bit. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book, the description of some of the recipes made me want to get in the kitchen a whip something out of the story. Specially since you can find actual recipes in the book and there is a particular recipe kind of associated to each character or chapter.
The book was written by J.Ryan Strandal and it’s quickly becoming very popular among the foodie community (I wouldn’t even be surprised if they turn it into a movie)
[Quick side note: I don’t know if this is only the NZ version but the cover design is fantastic, the typeface used and the fact that its embossed made me 10 more eager to read it]