Read   Mary Ann Grossmann's  story   about J. Ryan and his debut novel   Kitchens of the Great Midwest .

Read  Mary Ann Grossmann's  story  about J. Ryan and his debut novel  Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

He has been a producer for reality television shows, such as ‘Ice Road Truckers,’ and edited or produced shows for VH1, MTV, ABC, Fox, A&E, Discovery and History. He edits the fiction section of the Nervous Breakdown, an online magazine featuring emerging writers and poets.

Although Stradal can cook — he made a chicken-wild rice hotdish recently — he most enjoys wine. Interesting pairings show up at several places in his novel.
— TwinCities.com