Join us Fri., Mar. 31, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as J. Ryan Stradal discusses his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books, pb., 320 pp., $16). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 with a signed copy of the book.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is already a New York Times bestseller. 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 the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.
Born and raised in Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at TASTE, advisory board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. His writing has appeared in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places.