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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  • Darlene C. (Simpsonville, SC)

    The Kitchen Daughter
    Awesome! It arrived on Saturday, finished it on Tuesday...sneaking a read every chance I had. Loved the use of food as part of social relationships; hated (but true) the need to define what is "normal" and apply "labels" to people. For all ages, and found it to be a "unique" read.(Recipes included as well as discussion questions.)
  • Rebecca C. (Opelika, AL)

    Great insight.
    I read this creative and insightful book in one sitting, I just didn't want to put it down. The point of view on what is normal was so unusual and especially poignant for me. Ginny finds her strength in her ability to accept her normal, which we all need to do more of. I recommend everyone who has ever felt different or left out read this one right away!
  • Nancy (Burlingame, CA)

    The Kitchen Daughter
    I particularly enjoyed The Kitchen Daughter because of the typical interaction between sisters in an atypical situation, the agony suffered by siblings from the death of a parent, and the struggle to do what's right with what's left. Being a foodie, the recipes and references to food tickled my palate. I received further education of Asberger's Syndrome, appreciating the knowledgeable and compassionate writing.

    I would recommend this book to book groups because it is sure to elicit a mix of opinions.
  • Denise S. (Oakland, CA)

    A Sweet Tale
    The Kitchen Daughter is a sweet, if uneven, tale of family, love, loss and self-discovery. While the story was strong narratively, I thought the inclusion of the supernatural aspects (ghosts) and the recipes were a distraction. They gave the book a frivolity that was unnecessary. This was a moving tale of a woman with Asperger’s maneuvering her way through life after the death of her parents. Why lessen that with recipes? The story of the two sisters finding common ground was lovely. All in all a good read…just not a great one.
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