Books, Gardens, Dogs

The Kitchen Daughter

The Kitchen Daughter - Jael McHenry Ginny can't interact with people normally, but she truly comes alive through her cooking. It "normalizes" her like nothing else and even reading the recipes calms her and puts her mind in order like nothing else since she has Aperger's Syndrome. After Ginny's parents die suddenly, her sister Amanda (Demanda) decides to sell the only home Ginny has ever known. Ginny also has a special gift: she can raise spirits from the recipes they left behind. Using this gift, Ginny tries to unravel family secrets by asking the ghosts themselves for help. Amanda has her reasons for the move, but seems to discard Ginny's feelings about moving from her home and security.This is just such an amazing read. It reminded me of a cross between Jodi Picoult and Sarah Addison Allen and a bit of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime. I really enjoyed how McHenry weaved in her love of cooking through out the story. Most of the start off with a copy of a recipe and they lead into the story for that chapter. I thought Ginny was such a great character and that Amanda made an excellent foil for her. It was nice to Ginny come into her own at the end.

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