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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library LARGE PRINT RYA (Text) 33500013422175 New Checked out 08/06/2021
Fosston Public Library LARGE PRINT RYA (Text) 33500013422183 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780593395745
  • ISBN: 0593395743
  • Physical Description: 500 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2021]

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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?

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 January #1
    WWII wreaked havoc on Great Britain in many ways, including disrupting the food-supply chain. Rationing was a difficult aspect of everyday life for the women left at home. In order to boost spirits and provide creative meal inspirations, the BBC produced The Kitchen Front, an informative radio cooking program. Ryan's (The Spies of Shilling Lane, 2019) heartwarming novel brings four very different women together as they compete for a co-host spot on the popular show: a widow struggling to raise three sons; her aristocratic sister, trapped in an acrimonious marriage; a young kitchen maid with dreams of a better life; and a single, pregnant chef desperate to prove herself in a male-dominated field. Ryan exquisitely captures the realities of wartime domesticity, including period-accurate recipes. She delivers an inspiring tale about the unbreakable bonds of family, the importance of friendship, and the resilience of the female spirit. A positively uplifting read that is as soothing as a warm cup of Earl Grey on a gloomy morning. The perfect book for fans of The Great British Baking Show. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies&; Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.

Subject: Cooking competitions > Fiction
Widows > Fiction.
Cooks > Fiction.
Cooking > Competitions > Fiction.
Wives > Fiction.
Women household employees > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Great Britain > Fiction.
Large type books.
Great Britain > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

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