Kitchens of the Great Midwest is told as a combination of short stories about foodies who all have one thing in common a connection to Eva. We see Eva all throughout her life from birth to old age through the lives of others. From the very beginning of her life, Eva's father was constantly introducing her to new and interesting tastes, far beyond what her young palate should have been eating. As a result, Eva grew up loving food particularly new and unusual tastes which eventually leads her to become a chef. Don't be disoriented by the quick changes from chapter to chapter, but instead see the new chapter as an opportunity to get to know someone new. Stradal does a great job of creating these characters and making you care about what happens to them. Throughout these small snapshots of other people's lives, we see how Eva became a master chef, without being overwhelmed by her story. Highly recommended for foodies as well as people who love a good story with rich and complex characters.
Raised with a sophisticated palate by her single father, Eva learns the culturally rich stories behind a series of Midwestern dishes while becoming the star chef at a legendary restaurant.