August’s selection is “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine–and a dashing sommelier–he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter–starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life–its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

Summer is here! We’re excited for days in the sun, catching lightning bugs, and yummy summertime foods. Join us for stories in the shop that will focus on foods, the kitchen, and the summer season. 

In July we will be reading Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl.

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief at Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available. RSVP’s are helpful so we know who to expect.

We are knitting in the shop every Saturday morning! Drop by for tips from members of the Miami Valley Knitting Guild, show off your current project, or just sit and visit.

Summer is here! We’re excited for days in the sun, catching lightning bugs, and yummy summertime foods. Join us for stories in the shop that will focus on foods, the kitchen, and the summer season. 

We are knitting in the shop every Saturday morning! Drop by for tips from members of the Miami Valley Knitting Guild, show off your current project, or just sit and visit.

Summer is here! We’re excited for days in the sun, catching lightning bugs, and yummy summertime foods. Join us for stories in the shop that will focus on foods, the kitchen, and the summer season.