Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Kitchen Front

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest—and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it’s a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads. For a kitchen maid, it’s a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For a lady of the manor, it’s a chance to escape her wealthy husband’s increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it’s a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all—even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: LOVED IT! I would have to say this reminds me of the The Kitchen House but WWII times in England. 

Strong women coming together during wartime struggles. Not a fan of cooking type books and The Kitchen Front was so much more. During food rationing women had to get creative and modify recipes with the ingredients that were available. 

I loved the friendship and bonds that all came together during this book - both heartbreaking and heart warming. This would make an excellent movie. 

I read in several articles that The Kitchen Front was a top 20 book to read this summer. I decided to give it a try after all so many sources praised it. I was so happy I read it and the articles were right - A top 20 book to read this summer.  However, they missed one thing - it is a great book to read anytime.  

I wish I had put The Kitchen Front on "What's in Your Beach Bag?" post, but I had not heard anything about it at the time of the post.  I did give it an honorable mention in the end of the summer update. 

LOVED IT! I will have to go check out other Jennifer Ryan books! 

From Jennifer Ryan's Amazon page: Hello, I'm the author of National Bestseller The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, The Spies of Shilling Lane, and The Kitchen Front. Before I began writing, I was a nonfiction book editor with a passion for the Second World War. My warm and cheerful grandmother would tell stories about that era, both funny and fascinating, and the books are based on these. 

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