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Kitchens Of The Great Midwest

July 2016 book selection

Kitchens Of The Great Midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal

July 6, 2016

If we were to count the number of literary prizes our visiting authors have won, we would need extra fingers and toes.  The latest author to contribute to this trend is our July guest, J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest, who has been nominated for, among other things, Best Debut Novel by the American Bookseller's Association.  When you read the book, you will understand why. 

Stradal is clever, hip and clearly gets food. He also clearly gets people being over-the-top obnoxious about food.  As a self-proclaimed "foodie” I will use this book as a guide and really try to tone it down.  I do NOT want to become fodder for the next great American novel. 

If you love books, authors and/or food, please join us On Tuesday, July 12 as Donna Apidone interviews J. Ryan Stradal. We promise an evening of fun, with tasty appetizers, an engaging conversation and a visit to the CapRadio Garden.

This is really the best place to be on a summer night in Sacramento.  Reserve your space now.

June 29, 2016

What could be more perfect? A wonderful book, focusing on food and recipes, and the love of a man for his daughter. 

Our July author event brings J. Ryan Stradal to CapRadio to talk with Donna Apidone about Kitchens of the Great Midwest. The book is told in courses, and from the viewpoint of friends and family of Eva, the superstar chef and aforementioned daughter. This is a masterpiece and a banquet of words.

Join us for this event on July 12 at 6pm.

June 22, 2016

Can a meal be a life-changing experience? Would people pay more for a meal than for an automobile? These are some of the burning questions answered in J. Ryan Stradal's new book, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. 

The book tells the life story of Eva, dish by dish. After her parents’ breakup, Eva lives with her father and learns his passion for food. Lars adores his daughter, and he feels compelled to pass on his love of food and cooking to this little girl. It works, and through heartbreak and hydroponic chocolate, Eva becomes a legendary chef. It is her story we read, but we also are given a glimpse into the world of The Foodie. It is simultaneously funny and moving. 

Don't miss this opportunity to see author J. Ryan Stradal explain it all to CapRadio’s Donna Apidone on Tuesday, July 12 at 6pm.

Please get your tickets now, and join us for this feast of words.

June 15, 2016

Award-winning author J. Ryan Stradal joins Donna Apidone for CapRadioReads on Tuesday, July 12. Kitchens of the Great Midwest the 2016 American Bookseller's Association Book of the Year Adult Debut winner. It has also hit numerous "Best Of" lists. After reading the book and hearing the author, you will know why. 

Jane Smiley wrote for The Guardian, "Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle -- not only life, but also considerable irony, a fair amount of wisdom and a decent meal.”

Reserve your seat now for an evening of talk about writing, books and food.  What could be better?

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