Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday Musts: Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Sweet Pickle Salad & New Discussions!

Monday Musts is a weekly event, started and hosted by Jessica @ Lovin' Los Libros, which asks you to highlight your must read, must listen and must see!

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

From Goodreads:
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 puréed 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. 
Another amazing debut! Seriously, this was so good and so unexpected; I'm glad I had no idea what it would be like before I started reading because it just made it that much better. HIGHLY recommended if you love books with kitchens/cooking/families.


Sweet Pickle Salad - Limits

I love this song so much!
This space is dedicated to my favorite book blog posts every week since I don't do weekly recaps (I don't have the patience) and there are always posts that I LOVE! There have been some great discussions lately and, of course, I'm seriously behind!
What are your Monday Musts??


  1. Oh YAY interesting blogs to go read! Thanks for this list!

  2. So much good stuff this week! Your Monday posts are one of my favorite ways to discover new-to-me blogs. :)

  3. Kitchens of the Great Midwest sounds great. Also, thanks for all the blog links. I'm headed to check a few out now. :)

  4. Thanks for the shoutout! I'm gonna spend some quality time with your list now. I love finding new posts and blogs!


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