Kitchens of the Great Midwest Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Who is Eva Thorvald? To her single father, a chef, she's a pint-sized recipe tester and the love of his life. To the chili chowdown contestants of Cook County, Illinois, she's a fire-eating demon. To the fashionable foodie goddess of supper clubs, she's a wanton threat. She's an enigma, a secret ingredient that no one can put their finger on. Eva will surprise everyone.
On the day before her 11th birthday, she's cultivating chili peppers in her wardrobe like a pro. Abandoned by her mother, gangly and poor, Eva arms herself with the weapons of her unknown heritage: a kick-ass palate and a passion bordering on obsession. Over the years her tastes grow, and so does her ambition.
One day Eva will be the greatest chef in the world. But along the way, the people she meets will shape her - and she them - in ways unforgettable, riotous and profound. So she - for one - knows exactly who she is by the time her mother returns to find out.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest is about the family you lose, the friends you make and chance connections that can define a life. Joyful, quirky or brazen, everyone lends their voice to tell Eva's story - one that's as heartwarming as it is irresistible, taking the bitter with the sweet.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 37 minutes|
|Author||J. Ryan Stradal|
|Audible.in Release Date||06 August 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#50,477 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#2,341 in Literary Fiction
#89,733 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)
Top reviews from other countries
I gave his other book 5 stars (which I rarely do). Not so with this one.
However, towards the end of the book some of the characters are brought back into the story and I found it quite difficult to remember who they all were and how they were connected to Eva. The ending of the book felt unsatisfactory and without wanting to give away any spoilers I was left wandering if the gathering was a coincidence or whether it had been planned by Eva.
As a character, Eva seemed too perfect. She seemed to glide through life getting what she wanted and the other characters seemed to hold her in some god like reverence. I didn’t particularly find myself caring about her or rooting for her.
Through the book and the different characters stories there were a lot of cliffhangers and these never got resolved. In some cases you could fill in the gaps with your own imagination of what happened but in others I really would have liked to have known what happened to the character.
It was an interesting snippet into multiple lives centred in and around the Minnesota area but unfortunately the snippets were not quite long enough to leave me satisfied at the end of the book.