Looking for your next read? Check out The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Swalena G.
For four very different women, winning a kitchen contest could change their lives. The year is 1942, and Great Britain is two years into World War II. The British are doing their best to withstand their loss of men, cities and supplies. In an effort to raise spirits and support food rationing, the BBC radio program, The Kitchen Front, holds a cooking contest in the local village of Fenley. The grand prize is a momentous chance to become the program’s first-ever female co-host. This is Lady Gwendoline Strickland’s chance to prove that she is more than an ornament to her husband and more importantly booster her self-worth. Her sister Audrey Landon, is a very tired mother of three whose husband is reported missing in action and is in danger of losing her home. Mrs. Quince, the head cook at Fenley Hall, and Nell Brown, kitchen maid, enter the contest as a duo. However, Mrs. Quince only enters to give Nell a chance to find a better path in life. Finally, there is Zela Dupont, the former chef of a hotel restaurant. She is a very reluctant displaced Londoner waiting for her chance to resume city life.
If you enjoy listening to books, I recommend the audiobook version. The reader adds nuances and emphasizes to the words that breathe life into the characters.
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