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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 chilli 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 eleventh birthday, she's cultivating chilli 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 do her ambitions. 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.

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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An oven-warm yet bittersweet collection of character studies circling the story of Eva Thorvald ... Hilariously precise in its cultural geography ... But in spite of its locavorous detail, the novel's plot is driven by a universal truth: that food brings people together Independent on Sunday Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a big-hearted, funny, and class-transcending pleasure. It's also both a structural and empathetic tour de force, stepping across worlds in the American midwest, and demonstrating with an enviable tenderness and ingenuity the tug of war between our freedom to pursue our passions and our obligations to those we love. -- Jim Shepard This offbeat debut features many satisfying ingredients, including triumph over adversity, recipes and a warm Midwestern backdrop Mail on Sunday Stradal creates something quirky, affecting and delicious Sunday Mirror Fun and original Woman and Home Stradal's delicious debut reveals Eva's sweet, sad, funny self in a series of funny vignettes Psychologies A gorgeous feast that feeds both the senses and the soul Simple Things A tender coming-of-age story with a mix of finely rendered pathos and humour ... Ultimately, Kitchens reveals the strong interplay among food, family and our most cherished memories ... Stradal suggests that love - or the absence of love - is the most powerful condition of all Washington Post From the quite literally burning passions of a lonely eleven-year-old girl with an exceptional palate, to the ethical dilemmas behind a batch of Blue Ribbon Peanut Butter Bars, J. Ryan Stradal writes with a special kind of meticulous tenderness - missing nothing and accepting everything. A superbly gratifying debut -- Meg Howrey Time flew by when we sat down with Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a charming and unusual first novel ... We were blown away by Stradal's flair for depicting messy emotions and mixed-up families, and delighted by his insightful and funny reflections on foodie culture and class dynamics iBooks, Book of the Month A warm and enjoyable read about life, love, food, family ... and chilli eating contests Stylist, book of the month This wise and witty tale of immigrant assimilation wholeheartedly embraces a passion for food ... Laugh-out-loud funny ... Stradal is so good at evoking the inner lives of his characters, male and female, young and old ... Stradal has a sharp eye for the evolution of culture and for landscape; his tone is light, always a little askew ... Midwesterners never forget what things cost, and Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle - not only success, but also considerable irony, a fair amount of wisdom and a decent meal -- Jane Smiley Guardian This lovely, poignant, hilarious book is the best thing I have read this year. Everything about it is original and wonderful ... The writing is whipcrack smart and it's both powerfully moving and brilliantly satirical, especially about kitchen snobbery. Read it, read it! -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail Despite a life pockmarked by poverty and other adversities, Eva has an equally outsize heart. A warring mass of desires, talents and imperfections, she's an attractively flawed, completely likable demigoddess ... Kitchens of the Great Midwest is not only Eva's story but also a gastronomic portrait of a region ... It's an impressive feat of narrative jujitsu ... This colorful, character-driven story ... keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are New York Times Eva Thorvald is the new Olive Kitteridge Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens Teenagers and foodies (teenage foodies especially), will love this book. It's about Eva, a bullied girl who triumphs over her adversaries to become a legendary chef. This is great in itself, but there's so much more to it than that ... The story-within-a-story action ranges all over the U.S. and is a celebration of great American food as well as the great American underdog. A tremendous novel that combines powerfully moving moments with hilarious satire, especially about kitchen snobbery -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail

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  • 出版社: riverrun (2015/7/28)
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アメリカの中西部で、冬がことに厳しいミネソタ州には、ノルウェー、フィンランド、スウェーデン、デンマークなど北欧諸国からの移民が多い。この文芸小説『Kitchens of the Great Midwest (English Edition)』の主人公Evaの父親Larsも、北欧系移民が多いミネソタ州の田舎で育った。ノルウェー系移民の父親から、Lutefiskというノルウェーの国民食を作ることを強いられた気の毒な少年だった。

Lutefiskとは、干して発酵させた白身の魚を灰汁(あく)に漬けて柔らかくしたもので、魚はゼリー状になり強い悪臭を放つようになる。日本のくさや、韓国のホンオフェなど、どの国にも、外国人が「そんなもの食べられるの?」と驚愕する国民食があるが、Lutefiskもそのひとつだ。悪臭も、慣れている人には食欲をそそる香りになるかもしれないが、作るときに染みこむ魚の臭いが好きな人はいない。だから、12歳のときからLutefiskを作っていたLarsは、まったく女性にモテず、立派なシェフになることだけを夢見て大人になった。

やがて念願のシェフとなり、遅ればせながらも初めて愛する女性と出会って幸せを掴んだLarsだが、子育てよりソムリエとして活躍したい妻に捨てられてしまう。乳児の娘とふたりきりになったLarsは、溺愛する娘のEvaに
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24 人中、24人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Wonderful, but serious, very serious 2016/2/6
投稿者 Wolfe - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
First of all, I must say that the Amazon requirement that you label this book for their algorithm is offensive. That said, this book defies all the labels I was required to put on it.
Describe the mood: There are hopeful moments. Moments when you feel that two characters will connect and become more fully human. But it is also dark when something happens, as in real life, where the connection doesn't occur, and there is some suspense in wondering what will become of this person after such an unfair life.
Thoughtful, oh most definately. The characters are so human and therefore complex, that the thoughts just raced through my mind. Thoughts like, "But why couldn't she do better, try harder, be nicer?" "He doesn't have to to that self destructive thing." "Wow, what a creep."
Nostalgia seems to be the one that has caused most of the bad reviews. Some people were expecting a trip back in time to when things appeared to be much better. Well, if that is what you want, this book is not for you. Just because there is a lot of talking about cooking and it includes recipes, does not mean it is all fudge brownies. But there is a State Fair!
This is a book for serious, literary readers. If you love being drawn into the world of complex characters working on some really hard issues, this is your book. And the writing is wonderful. Not so much the turn of a new phrase, but the restraint practiced by the author in creating the characters and scenes. Not a word wasted, and no padding. Thank you, Mr Stradal.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST by J 2016/1/19
投稿者 kal-in-ky - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST by J. Ryan Stradal revolves around Eva Louise Thorvald, the only child from the brief marriage of a chef and a sommelier. The reader meets Eva as an infant, follows up with her as a preteen, catches a glimpse of her during her teen years, and then finishes the reader's relationship with her as Eva settles into her 20s. Stradal tells Eva's story in a manner reminiscent of a short story collection, and with each chapter she is viewed largely through the eyes of people whose lives she touches as she navigates the world. As one would expect from a character with a "once-in-a-generation palate," Eva's interactions with others are largely food-focused, and the author happily includes a few recipes for those inclined to try out the food that sounds so delicious on the page.

KITCHENS is a beautifully written bit of fiction that manages to make the reader pause and think about the meaning of family, the importance of community and friends, and the role food plays in our lives. It somehow does all of that without being overbearing and stuffy. For a time I wanted the entire book to be completely from Eva's perspective, but I think something would have been lost if the author had gone that route. Twenty-something-Eva is a mysterious and elusive character, and the author's method added to that. As I finished KITCHENS, I was left wanting more of Eva and her food--much like the characters in the book.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 This linked collection of stories was an absolute joy to read 2016/3/15
投稿者 Matt Lewis - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー Amazonで購入
This linked collection of stories was an absolute joy to read. J Ryan Stradal hasn't just created a little universe for this book, he's created a family of characters, which at times can be a much more difficult task. What's the difference? While making a universe within a book, it's important to have events, locations, and changes of power linked within the in order to create the 'illusion' to the reader. But what the author did here was create a universe of people, a 'family' of people related by blood and not, with an extremely deft hand. What's important is that this is not a book bogged down by exposition, but something you tear through, learning a little more through subtle allusions and callbacks. It makes sense that his background is in screenwriting, because he's incorporated the excellent mechanic of informing the reader of the exposition without SAYING it. Instead, a reader will have full knowledge of an intricate web of connections without feeling like they had to read through a Tolkien-esque lineage of characters. It may seem like an obvious thing to incorporate, but it's an important aspect I've seen ignored again and again in novels. Such a thing is essential when creating a screenplay, in which you only have 30-45 minutes to tell what you need to.

The mechanics are at the heart of the stories, but the soul is what really brings this book together. Stradal perfectly captures the complicated personalities of midwestern folk: the blue-collar restaurant workers, the personally oblivious obsessives, the no-nonsense Lutheran housewives. But he doesn't necessarily satirize them or try to paint characterizes. He presents them with a relatable simplicity, highlighting that these people don't just fit in the box we would like them to, and he doesn't blame them for that. He presents them, warts and all, walking us through their logic and hypocrisies, their mistakes and triumphs, their pride and their sadness. The result is a book full of characters that may be very different from your own life experience, but feel intimately connected with as people. Like any good writer, he has found a shortcut to the reader's empathy and simply illuminated the path.

In addition to these things, the story is heartwarming, but not unrealistic. Their is a lot of the good old-fashioned midwestern humbleness we'd come to expect from the stereotypes we've been lead to believe. But there is a lot of blood, strife, and sadness along the way, which is just as important to highlight. The thing that he nailed in this book was that that midwestern, god-fearing kindness like to project isn't a result of an easy, saccharine life. It's a by-product of a life filled with loss and bitter weather, where people learn to appreciate life, offering what they can because they know exactly how bad it can get.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A "Good Read" 2015/9/1
投稿者 Phyllis L. Fellin - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版 Amazonで購入
This was a very interesting and "quirky" read. It took me a little while to catch on the way the main character becomes a part of each chapter. I liked the characters and found myself laughing out loud at some of the episodes. I would recommend this book to any of my friends, especially those who enjoy cooking.
5つ星のうち 5.0 A character driven triumph... 2017/5/16
投稿者 B. Hamlin - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
Wow! This wasn't what I was expecting at all. I had heard some buzz around this debut novel and was excited to sink my teeth into it on a recent vacation. While it didn't take me to the places I thought it would it was a ride I won't soon forget.

Eva was born into a seemingly normal Mid-West family until a series of events impacted her for the rest of her life. This story is incredibly character driven and we are quickly introduced to a wide net of folks that influence and create the person that she developed into. Teenage angst, college confusion, and adult BS are all equally represented in truly unique forms. No detail is overlooked when it comes to the characters. You will be left wanting to know even more about each person you are introduced to and eager with anticipation in finding out how and where they fit in.

I'm not going to go into great detail regarding the story itself, it's for you to discover and take as you might. What I will tell you is that this is an adventure and a ride to be discovered on the backs of people who are relatable, exposed, and vulnerable. This is a story of character and triumph that at times will leave you upset and others thrilled.

This novel is a triumph and truly a story that will engulf you from start to finish. Full of life, language, and growth. Foodies will rejoice and rethink everything they know.
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