If director Wes Anderson and food writer M.F.K. Fisher joined forces to produce a novel, it would probably look something like the quirky Kitchens of the Great Midwest
by J. Ryan Stradal. Set in various towns across the Midwest, the novel follows the life of Eva Thorvald, an orphan who becomes one of the top chefs in the country. A worthwhile protagonist, Eva is fresh, sweet and bubbly without being cloying and also possesses an amazing natural palate and enviable culinary prowess. Readers spend the majority of the uniquely structured novel learning about Eva from the people who pass through her life, including a proud Scandinavian father, a jilted high school boyfriend and a jealous competitor.