Good Food Book Club

Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Poignant Testament to Food and Family 

(And a List for the Coming Year!)

As part of our group’s enjoyment of the food-inspired novels The Wonder and Fried Green Tomatoes over the last few months, this year marks a shift for our book club from mostly nonfiction to some fiction worth relishing. We’ll have a nice mix of tender memoirs, handy how-tos, in-depth reporting, perspectives on food and health, and a sprinkling of delicious novels. (See below for a list of this year’s upcoming titles)

February brings our first tale of the year: Kitchens of the Great Midwest, an inspired debut novel about how a young girl’s formative relationship to food helps guide her life. Meet Eva. Her mother—who’s fallen in love with wine and a wine steward—leaves Eva behind with her father, who’s committed to raising her with a depth of appreciation for the Midwestern food of his own childhood. 

A very special novel most readers will hate to see end. 
— — School Library Journal

Rather than give away any spoilers, consider that the book has roped in an Amazon “Best Book” award in 2015, hundreds of great customer reviews, and some unusual commentary from the School Library Journal who referred to its “unusual and stimulating structure” that another reviewer says makes readers want to “devour it.”

Each chapter of this clever book focuses on a singular dish, and character. Eva learns—via food and her commitment to it, and herself—that she can achieve great success through her beloved cooking, but that at heart, her victories are also deeply about emotional sustenance, too.

Please join us to discuss Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (Penguin Books reprint edition, 2016) on Sunday, February 25, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at a member’s private residence. Location and details will come in this month’s email reminder. 

Remember to email to receive reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is available through your local library.

If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount.

For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at



March: Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan

April: In Memory of Bread: A Memoir by Paul Graham

May: Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100 Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon

June: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert

July: Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller

August: The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz

September: Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle

October: Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy by Dr. Joseph Mercola

November: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

December: Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month is Enchanted by Annie Hawkes