This week we are looking at books themed around food. Eating food, cooking, baking, any activity that involves food.
For this week, I chose Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. It’s a novel I’ve been raving about with some questionable covers and a very misleading title. It’s the life story of a chef as she slowly becomes the founder of the most famous pop-up supper club.
This is the original hardcover edition. While I liked the concept and the way it incorporates all the ingredients mentioned in the book, it’s a little misleading with the two people in the book. That’s only about ten pages of the book, if that.
These two are my favorites. This book is odd because it’s fairly new, so it hasn’t been translated to many languages. Both of these editions are English editions.
The first edition, with all of the peppers, is from Quercus books. Although the peppers are an ingredient from just one chapter, I love the way they’re arranged on this cover. The font is also beautiful.
I think the Riverrun Books edition encapsulates the book beautifully. This cover focuses on the last chapter where Eva throws a lavish dinner party. I love the skyline, and the colors and the warm welcoming palette with bright yellow letters.
Least Favorite Covers
There are more covers that I don’t care for of this book than the book. It doesn’t happen often, and the only reason I think it happened with this book is because it’s so unique that there is no unifying symbol to put on the cover. This time, it includes the Italian to two English editions.
The Italian symbol reminds me of a diner, and maybe it’s meant to. The story does start in a diner, but I don’t like this image for the entire book. When I saw it, I thought of another book I knew of that took place in a diner, but these two books are so dissimilar that I just can’t get over that relation.
The green cover in the center is the Kindle edition. It’s really close to the original cover, but I don’t care for it. The use of the symbols is much more prominent, but I don’t think that it fits.
The paperback English version is the version that I have. I tried to rationalize why someone would pick a girl sitting on a pepper as the cover? I can’t. It makes no sense, and while I love magical realism in a book, this cover doesn’t relate.
That wraps up this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays! What is your favorite book about food, eating, or baking? Share it with me in the comments below!