Apr 12, 2013

A to Z - The Kitchen Daughter

Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).

K is for The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry.

Synopsis from Goodreads: After the unexpected death of her parents, painfully shy and sheltered 26-year-old Ginny Selvaggio seeks comfort in cooking from family recipes. But the rich, peppery scent of her Nonna’s soup draws an unexpected visitor into the kitchen: the ghost of Nonna herself, dead for twenty years, who appears with a cryptic warning (“do no let her…”) before vanishing like steam from a cooling dish.

A haunted kitchen isn’t Ginny’s only challenge. Her domineering sister, Amanda, (aka “Demanda”) insists on selling their parents’ house, the only home Ginny has ever known. As she packs up her parents’ belongings, Ginny finds evidence of family secrets she isn’t sure how to unravel. She knows how to turn milk into cheese and cream into butter, but she doesn’t know why her mother hid a letter in the bedroom chimney, or the identity of the woman in her father’s photographs. The more she learns, the more she realizes the keys to these riddles lie with the dead, and there’s only one way to get answers: cook from dead people’s recipes, raise their ghosts, and ask them.

Confession - this whole challenge is also showing a bit of my to read list, but I had to include this one.  I write women's fiction, yes, but my books also have an element of magic realism in them - not enough to qualify as paranormal (I don't think), but just enough of the supernatural to not be realistic. So when I saw that was a component of this book with an intriguing plot line, it went on my to read list quickly. I simply cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

Do you like magic realism? Can you think of a book that has this element that you have enjoyed? 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

An interesting premise! Cooking to raise the dead.

Anonymous said...

The least said about my cooking the better.

I did like your post and especially the photo of the book.


Erin Shakespear said...

Oooooh! I'm going to have to add this to my list, too. It sounds fantastic.

Personally, I prefer books with any type of magic. Probably because that's what I grew up reading. We lived very far from libraries. So, when I ran out of books I was left with my father's collection to choose from. Robert Jordan, L.E. Modesitt and Terry Brooks were what he had, so that's what I read and loved.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Sounds good, I don't blame you for wanting to get your hands on it!

prerna pickett said...

I love this, I'm definitely adding it to my TBR pile.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I like the cover. It's intriguing.

Jessie Humphries said...

I really liked...crap, that book where the little kid dies and then the brother lives in the cemetery. Zach Effron starred in the movie! It's realistic to a point. And then there's the spiritual part that takes it to another level.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I LOVE magical realism. I've never heard of this one, but it sounds like the kind of thing I'd love. Can't wait to read it.

Happy A to Z blogging.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Odd Thomas come to my mind.

J. A. Bennett said...

I love magical realism! Looks like a great book!