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The Kitchen Front
A Novel
By (author): Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Ryan

Imprint:

Ballantine Books

ISBN:

9780593158814

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General / adult
Feb 22, 2022
$23.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.1in x 5.1 x 0.9 in | 0.68 lb

Page Count:

432 pages
Ballantine
Ballantine Books
FICTION / Historical / World War II
Four women compete for a once-in-a-lifetime spot hosting a BBC cooking program during World War II in this vibrant historical novel from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses; the Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is putting on a cooking contest—and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the contest presents a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it’s a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads. For a kitchen maid, it’s a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For the lady of the manor, it’s a chance to escape her wealthy husband’s increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it’s a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all—even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together end up breaking it apart?

Story Locale: Kent, UK, during WWII

Publication History: Ballantine Books HC (2/21)

A RETURN TO AN ENGLISH VILLAGE SETTING: The Kitchen Front is set in the fictional village of Cosgrove in the same county Kent as the fictional Chilbury. The women of Cosgrove have all the charm, heart, and emotion as their beloved neighbors in Chilbury.

DOWNTON ABBEY MEETS THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF: With characters of different social classes and a heated cooking competition, The Kitchen Front combines all the fan-favorite elements of the two series.

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS: Ryan takes inspiration from an actual BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front that focused on wartime cooking and was hosted by female presenters; a brief overview of the program can be found in the BBC article “Under Siege: The Kitchen Front” linked here: https://bbc.in/2LIAgq8

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Chilbury was a national bestseller and continues to find new readers every year.

RANDOM HOUSE BOOK CLUB SELECTION WITH GUIDE INSIDE: With so much to discuss, book clubs will enjoy dissecting not only the characters and the story, but also life in wartime Britain.

NEW NOVEL COMING: The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle will publish in Summer 22.

Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane. She was previously a nonfiction book editor. Originally from Kent and then London, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children.

Author Residence: Falls Church, VA

Author Hometown: Kent, UK

Marketing: Social media and influencer campaign

Book club outreach

Random House e-newsletters and websites

Extra content available to booksellers

Reading group guide online



Author Website: www.jenniferryanbooks.com

Author Social Media: @JenniferiRyan

“A charming tale that will satiate a lot of different tastes: historical fiction lovers, cooking competition fans, anyone who revels in girl-power lit…. . This story had me so hooked, I literally couldn’t put it down to cook.”—NPR

“Positively delicious…Ryan excel[s] at creating warmhearted, intriguing homefront drama.”—BookPage

“A delightful read.”—AARP

“A positively uplifting read that is as soothing as a warm cup of Earl Grey on a gloomy morning.”—Booklist

“[Ryan is] a master of plotting and working in different registers…Readers with an appetite for homefront WWII novels will find this deeply satisfying.”Publishers Weekly
 
“A creative and satiating novel. Certain to delight lovers of historical fiction and TV cooking competitions.”Kirkus

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