Mac’s Book Club – Kitchens of the Great Midwest @ Mac’s
Thursday | 7:30 PM–9:00 PM
Mac’s Book Club will discuss Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal on Thursday, September 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest is 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 pureed 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.
Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life, its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.
J. Ryan Stradal edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books and McSweeney’s. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel s Ice Road Truckers and Discovery Channel s Deadliest Catch.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118