Please join us Thursday evening, July 14th at 7 pm, as we welcome Jael McHenry, discussing and signing her first novel, "The Kitchen Daughter".
Jael McHenry is a talented and enthusiastic amateur cook who grew up in Michigan and Iowa before moving from city to city along the East Coast: Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and now New York, where she blogs about food and cooking at the Simmer blog, http://simmerblog.typepad.com. She is a monthly pop culture columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Intrepid Media, online at intrepidmedia.com. Her work has appeared in publications such as the North American Review, Indiana Review, and the Graduate Review at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. "The Kitchen Daughter" is her first novel.
After the unexpected death of her parents,
painfully shy and sheltered 26-year-old Ginny Selvaggio seeks comfort in
cooking from family recipes. But the rich, peppery scent of her Nonna’s
soup draws an unexpected visitor into the kitchen: the ghost of Nonna
herself, dead for twenty years, who appears with a cryptic warning (“do
no let her…”) before vanishing like steam from a cooling dish.
haunted kitchen isn’t Ginny’s only challenge. Her domineering sister,
Amanda, (aka “Demanda”) insists on selling their parents’ house, the
only home Ginny has ever known. As she packs up her parents’ belongings,
Ginny finds evidence of family secrets she isn’t sure how to unravel.
She knows how to turn milk into cheese and cream into butter, but she
doesn’t know why her mother hid a letter in the bedroom chimney, or the
identity of the woman in her father’s photographs. The more she learns,
the more she realizes the keys to these riddles lie with the dead, and
there’s only one way to get answers: cook from dead people’s recipes,
raise their ghosts, and ask them.