The Latest Book I Can’t Put Down

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

One of the things I love at the end of each year is poring over the Best of the Year lists.  I especially love seeing which books make those lists; and when one book makes multiple lists, I always take that as a good sign.

I kept reading about Kitchens of the Great Midwest, and decided it would be the next novel I tackled.  It is the story of Eva Thorvald, a girl growing up in the American heartland; the daughter of a chef and an aspiring sommelier.  Eva’s father, Lars (the chef), loves her so much that he plans her whole first year menu in advance and is determined to feed her all kinds of amazing foods, not normally served to infants (like pork shoulder, which he plans to purée).

Eva’s life goes through a number of unexpected twists, and her story is so enjoyable.  It is told from multiple vantagepoints, giving the reader a quite interesting view of her attributes.  Although I am not yet to this part of the book, it seems Eva becomes a renowned chef in her own right, and I can’t stop turning the pages to see how her story will turn out.

I am loving this book and wanted to share it with you as soon as possible (even before I’m finished), in case you’re looking for a great read.  It is a great combination of a great tale with descriptions of food that make your mouth water.

Each day, I can’t wait to pick it back up again.  Which is the true sign I’m loving a book.  I think you’ll love it too.

Happy reading!


  • Linda Goldfarb

    This sounds like a very yummy book – I’m off to Amazon to check it out. Thanks, Ali!

    • Linda- You’ll have to let me know what you think of it if you read it! I am loving reading it!! It’s one of those books that I look forward to getting back to each day.

      Have you read anything great lately?


      • Linda Goldfarb

        I just ordered it! I will definitely let you know – and my granddaughter (13 and an avid reader and cook) will get it after Have you read The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. It’s fantastic.

        • Ooh!! No, I haven’t read that one. I’ll add it to my list. I love the title!!


          • Linda Goldfarb

            Especially with our interest in FH, you’d really like this book. (UC Davis actually did a course based on the book)