* Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal


Kitchens of the Great Midwest is the story of a gifted cook with a convoluted family and a difficult childhood as a bullied teenager, who ultimately finds great success in hosting exclusive dinner parties. It visits, rather ploddingly, midwestern memes such as lutefisk and county fairs, middle-school cliches of excluding anyone who looks of acts different, and the rarefied world of celebrity chefs. Although the young heroine is refreshingly different, I just could not get into the minutiae of it all.

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