Advance reader reviews of The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry.

The Kitchen Daughter

A Novel

By Jael McHenry

The Kitchen Daughter
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2011,
    288 pages.

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  • Jen W. (Denver, CO)


    Perfect ingredients for a memorable story
    The Kitchen Daughter is a delightful and satisfying read. Ginny is a very compelling character. Her struggle to cope in a sometimes confusing world make the book difficult to put down. Living inside Ginny's head, experiencing the world through Ginny's eyes was powerful. In this book, we don't read about what it's like to have Asperger's Syndrome through distant narrative; we see, feel and experience it as Ginny does. I found solace in Ginny's cooking as much as she did. This book and all the emotions it evoked will stay with me for a long time.
  • Nancy E. (Sturgeon Bay, wi)


    The Kitchen Daughter
    I truly enjoyed reading this book. Mc Henry narrates the entire book from Ginny's, the protagonist, point of view which creates the in depth character development central to the story. Like Alice Hoffman, McHenry uses magic to season the story. And, like Hoffman, is successful at keeping the reader on that thin line between belief and disbelief. The kitchen setting with recipes and cooking provides a setting that is both interesting and instructive. This book has many themes and would be an excellent book club selection.
  • Karen S. (Minneapolis, MN)


    A Yummy Read
    I liked this book and found it a breezy read. Can't wait to share it with some girlfriends but not before trying at least four of the recipes included at the beginning of some chapters

    Ginny is such an original character--I felt great empathy for her. She reveals the importance of always reaching for your best and never judging the actions of others as we often do not know the full story.

    Savor this story!
  • Deborah C. (Orlando, Fla)


    The Kitchen Daughter
    With a different take on knowing your family, this book is smart, inventive and filled with a 'recipe' for viewing the world from a different perspective: Asperger's syndrome sufferer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the writing and the ending. Book clubs would find a feast of discussion material. The main character evolves just enough and the plot is interesting; keeping me curious about what comes next. A wonderful read.
  • Pat M. (san antonio, TX)


    The Kitchen Daughter
    The protagonist faces unique problems and situations, but food is a constant. I was surrounded by smells and tastes while reading this book. While slicing and dicing, the author cooks up a recipe for success and insight into a rare state of being. If my book club read this book we would have to serve food at our meeting. The book was yummy.
  • Pamela D. (Wheaton, IL)


    The Kitchen Daughter
    The Kitchen Daughter is a wonderful, magical story that I was unable to put down until I had finished the book. The author has written a wonderful main character in Ginny, a young woman with Asperger's. The story enables the reader to live inside the mind of someone with Asperger's and also see how it affects family members, especially when dealing with loss and grief. This book really touched me as I have a three year old grandson who is autistic and I believe we need to understand so much more about autism than we do now. I cannot wait to recommend this book to my book group.
  • Susan G. (Charlotte, NC)


    Food is love
    Food is comfort. Food is love. Food is memory. All of these themes are explored in a story about family, about recipes and secrets passed down through generations, about accepting who you are. What might have been an overly-sweet story is rescued by the author who does not give in to easy resolutions. Although somewhat distracted by the references to the Normal Book, which I thought unnecessary, I found myself engrossed and caring very much about what was happening to the characters. A very good selection for a book club, especially if the hostess for the discussion has to supply the refreshments. The Midnight Cry Brownies would be a divinely perfect tie-in.
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