Kindly contributed by writer, producer and traveler J. Ryan Stradal. His debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest follows the life of Eva Thorvald from birth to ascent as a celebrity chef through the eyes of the people in her life, a range of quirky characters representative of the great Midwest. Largely set in Minnesota, the book detours through Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota.
I have never been a thrill-seeker. My idea of an exciting vacation is a boutique winery tour, languishing at a sidewalk cafe or several quiet hours inside a museum. I like my caravans calm and my voices low.