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The Lager Queen of Minnesota

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Book description

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of  Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities--they were named the third-best in the state of Minnesota and St. Anthony-Waterside Nursing Home has quickly becomes the hottest dinner ticket in town. Still, she lays awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two. 



With the proceeds from the farm, her sister, Helen Blotz, built her husband Orval's family soda business into the top selling brewery in Minnesota. She singlehandedly created the light beer revolution and made their corporate motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots, it's Blotz." But Helen dismisses IPAs as a fad, and the Blotz fortune begins its inevitable decline. Soon, though, she finds a potential savior that's surprisingly close to home. . .



Diana Winter earns a shot at learning the beer business from the ground up just as the IPA revolution begins. The stakes couldn't be higher: just as she's launching her own brewpub, she's due to deliver a baby girl. When the unthinkable happens, it's up to Grandma Edith--and a delightfully surprising cadre of grandmother friends--to secure the next generation's chances for a better future. Can Grandma Edith's Rhubarb Pie In A Bottle Ale save Diana's fledgling brewery, and change their hearts and fortunes forever?



The Lager Queen of Minnesota  serves up a cast of lovable, quintessentially Midwestern characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting, humorous, emotional family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.

 

Reviews

Brilliant. . . a love letter to the Midwest. . . it’s hard to put down not only because the storytelling is so seamless and the characters so relatable, but because the author’s delight in the written word is so contagious.
— Janet Fitch, bestselling author of  The Revolution of Marina M.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota is pure reading joy: warm, funny, informative, and full of heart. It is impossible not to root for Stradal’s characters, who are so vivid, and relatable that you will miss them every time you set the book down; indeed, if you set it down at all.
— Jonathan Evison,  New York Times  bestselling author of  Lawn Boy
Warm, whimsical, incredibly well-written and infused with Stradal’s signature sympathy for his characters—those everyday heroes we all know and love. . . a thorough delight, from beginning to end.
— Nickolas Butler, internationally bestselling author of  Shotgun Lovesongs
With the easy-to-love quaffability of a crisp ale or a complex IPA, Stradal’s  The Lager Queen of Minnesota  will warm your heart. Full of empathy, love, wisdom and humor on every page, I wish I could go back for more.
— Jade Chang, author of  The Wangs vs. The World
The Lager Queen of Minnesota is the kind of book you think about all day, while at work, while speaking to someone else, while in line at the market. . . . I loved this book so much. I carried it with me like a talisman, marveling at the unique storytelling of J. Ryan Stradal, who knows his people so well. It’s a portrait of America, of place and land and neighborhood, and, of course, a celebration of beer.
— Susan Straight, author of  Highwire Moon
A book to make you laugh and cry and believe the best days of your life are still in front of you.
— Ben Loory, author of  Tales of Falling and Flying
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 Author Bio

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Publicity Contact

Shannon Twomey
Viking Books, Penguin Random House
stwomey@penguinrandomhouse.com

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest

 

Book description

Kitchens of the Great Midwest  is a novel  about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. It was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon,  BookPage, Library Reads, and NPR.

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory,  Kitchens of the Great Midwest  is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

Reviews

An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu. . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are..
— The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Pick
This is a book that made me want to have a more full and colorful life, a life with cookbooks and a well-used kitchen, and to delight at all the goodness that can be put in front of us.
— Los Angeles Review of Books

A sweet and savory treat.
— People

The author’s gentle skewering of foodie snobs (from county fair doyennes to the vegan/gluten-free/soy-free police) is spot on, and the blend of humor, warmth, and longing that he uses to portray family relationships make the book insightful and endearing. Savor it page by page.
— Oprah.com
Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle – not only success, but also considerable irony, a fair amount of wisdom and a decent meal.
— Jane Smiley, The Guardian

Warning: this will make you hungry. . . . You won’t be able to put it down. And it will up your kitchen game.
— The Skimm

Garrison Keillor’s got nothing on [J. Ryan Stradal]!
— Here and Now', NPR

A tender coming-of-age story with a mix of finely rendered pathos and humor.
— Washington Post

Stradal’s debut novel tackles foodie culture with all the finesse of a pastry chef…Reading Kitchens is all pleasure.
— LA Magazine

[A] captivating debut novel. . . as surprising and satisfying as a great meal.
— Tampa Bay Times

Foodies and those who love contemporary literature will devour this novel that is being compared to Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. A standout.
— Library Journal (starred review)