J. Ryan Stradal’s debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, $25) follows a young and talented culinary prodigy named Eva. The novel explores, with tenderness and quality craftsmanship, the delicate balance between our insatiable desires and our unrelenting duties. The descriptions of these delectable dishes will leave you salivating for some of our favorite Midwestern meals.
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