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The Kitchen Front
The Kitchen Front: A Novel | Jennifer Ryan
"From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir comes a new World War II-set story of four women on the home front competing for a spot hosting a BBC wartime cookery program and a chance to better their lives. 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 serve only to break it apart?"--
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intothehallofbooks
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This is my current read and I‘m loving it so much. There is cooking and gardening in the story plus the parts about wartime rationing are interesting.

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Lynnsoprano
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This is, at heart, a character-driven story about friendship and the roles others play in our lives. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There‘s no mystery, parts of the plot are predictable, but it was a feel-good read. The author has included numerous actual WWII recipes and a breakdown of what an individual‘s ration was in Britain, which is quite a revelation. Definitely recommend.

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rambiepaige
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Finally! 🥧

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Lynnsoprano
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🌻Being at the botanical garden where I volunteer and seeing so much beauty.
🤦‍♀️ When my bookmark falls out or I accidentally close my book before I have the bookmark in place.
#thoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 3w
BookDragon007 Currently reading American Gods-Neil Gaiman. My friends made me smile when we caught up over a birthday dinner 😊. My biggest pet peeve while reading is someone who takes it as an invitation to start a conversation 😑 3w
Crazeedi Hey there my friend, just wanted to pop by and say I'm glad you're part of #TeamGameSleighers . It's a bit crazy, but I just try the best I can. It's a lot of fun 3w
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Lynnsoprano
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We stopped at the library so hubby could drop off a book. I was under control-I only brought one home 😂

ValerieAndBooks Looks good— just placed an e-book hold on this from my library! About three weeks wait time. 3w
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks It‘s interesting so far. It starts with a listing of an individual‘s ration, which is sobering. 3w
wabisim @ValerieAndBooks Not sure when it started or how long it lasts, but I just bought this book in Kindle version for $2.99. 🙂 3w
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Nessavamusic
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This was a charming WW2 story of 4 women from different backgrounds competing in a cooking contest to be a radio show host. Inspired by a true story, it was a lovely example of women lifting up women and friendship. 4⭐️ Another #bookspinbingo !!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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short_soprano
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such a sweet story about 4 women who live in rural England during WWII. a bit cliché and some overused words, but overall an enjoyable summer read!

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Jas16
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This week required a light audiobook and this was a good choice. I loved the cooking competition featuring recipes made with wartime rations as four women try to win a spot as a presenter on a BBC radio show. Each woman has her own struggles in her life and winning the competition would help them all. The story got a bit overly sweet at times but I found all of the details about rationing fascinating.

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Mehso-so

Easy to read story of four women in England during WWII. Heart warming.

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BookishTrish
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What a joy to do #audiostitching with this wonderfully heartwarming story of four competitors ina WWII BBC cooking competition.

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BookishTrish
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Having a great time #audiostitching to this story of a WWII BBC cooking competition

KatieB Oh, that sounds intriguing! 5mo
bookandbedandtea 1- I loved this book. 2- #audiostitching is one of my favorite activities! Your project is off to a lovely start; I hope you'll show us your progress. 5mo
tpixie Pretty colors! 5mo
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Sharpeipup
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Feeling inspired to make my own ice cream - double chocolate cherry! #audiobook #audiocooking

Tamra Impressive! 5mo
Bookwormjillk YUMMY 5mo
Alfoster I‘ll be right over!🤣❤️ 5mo
Sharpeipup @Tamra @Bookwormjillk @Alfoster thanks - I‘m quite proud for my first ever attempt! 5mo
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Tamra
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I didn‘t realize I needed a light read because this hit the spot, despite the sentimentality and light romance that I don‘t go in for usually. I loved contest premise and the recipes were a delightful bonus!

If you are looking for an easy read about the nourishment of food and friendship, this may fit the bill.

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Tamra
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I can attest to the fact 🐳 is an acquired taste. Very fishy & oily! 😶 I was surprised to read it was an encouraged commodity by the British Ministry of Food during WWII. Though on reflection it makes sense in terms of mass.

Ryan must have had fun researching for this novel!

LeahBergen Perhaps I‘d substitute it with chicken… 🤣 5mo
Tamra @LeahBergen Just about anything 😂 5mo
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Tamra
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“Oh, Nell dear, no one has a full downstairs staff anymore.”

I think that‘s the source of my housekeeping challenge. 🙃😆

jmtrivera Mine too! 😅 5mo
AlaMich Right? 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, how efficient I would be with a full downstairs staff! 5mo
Cathythoughts OMG covid !! I could do with some help … my cleaning is too sporadic.. bring on the downstairs staff 🤣 I‘ll do upstairs myself 5mo
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Tamra
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I knew I was going to like this - sucked right in with the first chapter. As a surprise bonus, there are recipes! Has anyone made any of them?

Prairiegirl_reading Well this just moved up on my tbr pile! I put in on my wish list as soon as I found out about it but sometimes that gets out of control! Lol! 5mo
Aims42 I haven‘t made the recipes but some sure sound good! And others, well, we‘ll leave those in the past 🤢 5mo
BkClubCare Pie! 🥧 5mo
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britt_brooke Beautiful photo! 5mo
Tamra @Aims42 😜 I can about imagine given the rationing! 5mo
Tamra @britt_brooke thank you - it‘s tabletop gardening. Low expectations. 😌 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pots & flowers 💫 5mo
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Tamra
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I‘m surprised my library hold came up so soon! I am very grateful to have free access to books. But I‘m also always a tiny bit aggravated when I feel pressured to set aside a non-library book I‘m in the middle of for fear of the due date! 😅

DebinHawaii Ooh, I missed hearing about this one but it sounds right up my ally. Stacking! 📚 And I definitely relate to due date pressure! 😣 5mo
LeahBergen Ah, you‘ve reminded me that I want to read this one! 5mo
SilversReviews I wanted to read this, but never got to it. 5mo
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BennettBookworm
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Such a good historical fiction read! My favorite parts were about the cooking and recipes, and I learned a lot about rationing and daily life in WWII England. I also loved the strong female relationships. At times overly saccharine, but sometimes that‘s comforting.

Tamra I love your recipe box! It‘s disappointing they‘ve fallen by the wayside with the web, but perhaps they‘ll make a comeback. I‘ve contemplated starting one. (edited) 6mo
BennettBookworm @Tamra yes, thank you!! I love handwriting recipes so much that I actually have two boxes because they wouldn‘t fit in just one :) highly recommend! 6mo
Jaimelire Loved this one❤️ 6mo
Tamra @BennettBookworm 👏🏾 They are so personal, which I appreciate now. I‘d like to start collecting them from thrift and antique shops, but I bet they are hard to find. 6mo
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TorieStorieS
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This is my real-life book club‘s May choice - WWII books always seem to win the vote! This is a rather charming read- with four women from different walks of life who come together to compete in a contest for a new BBC presenter for new wartime rationing recipes. There are moments are of hardships and personal struggles in relationships and is engaging from start to finish- plus there are some interesting ideas for recipes! #AudioColoring

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bookishdawg
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A gentle read... just what I needed right now ❤️

Leftcoastzen Cute label on that Pinot! 7mo
PatriciaU I enjoyed this one too! 7mo
bookishdawg @Leftcoastzen It‘s really tasty too! 👍🏻 7mo
bookishdawg @PatriciaU It was special wasn‘t it? I found out about it from The Bookshelf subscription recommendations... haven‘t seen it otherwise! 7mo
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janeycanuck
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The Great British Bake-Off meets WWII. I loved the recipes, the competition, seeing how the lives of these women wove together. I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending, it felt a little too saccharine for me but generally was one of the best books of 2021 for me.

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GerardtheBookworm
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The German Blitzkrieg of World War 2 has made British food rations and supplies scarce for the country. When the BBC radio show offers a grand prize for an original recipe, four women jump at the opportunity. They include a widow who is financially struggling, a female chef suddenly finding herself expecting, an abused wealthy socialite, and a maid who wishes for more. Their lives will intertwine in this book of food and friendship.

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Jaimelire
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I really enjoyed this book. Takes place during WWII in England and explores the lives of village women and how they cooked with rationed food. Four women enter a contest to win a chance to cohost a wartime cooking radio show. I loved the recipes included and the explanations of how they made so much out of so little.

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PatriciaU
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Solid, interesting story. If you like Tracy Chevalier‘s work, you‘ll enjoy this. Extra benefit are some wild recipes from the days of food rationing during WWII.

Karisa That recipe actually sounds pretty yummy... 👀 8mo
PatriciaU The resiliency and creativity those women had to use is inspiring. 8mo
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bookandbedandtea
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This is a story of female friendships, resilience, found families, hope, and cooking. All four MCs had strengths and weaknesses but they were always strong when they were helping each other. I loved how this ended but I'll wish for a follow up. It would be great to revisit these ladies 5 years in the future. I'd especially like to see what the future holds for Nell and Paolo.

LiteraryinLawrence This sounds interesting! @BennettBookworm I wonder if you would like this too? 8mo
BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLititz I just realized this is by the same author as Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir! Now I especially can‘t wait to read it!! 8mo
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nitalibrarian
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Here's what's on my cataloging cart this week. 😁

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BookishMarginalia
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#CurrentlyListening to this recommendation from @WanderingBookaneer

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Ncostell
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I was so excited to find that the book I received today from my Shelf Subscription from #thebookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia was The Kitchen Front. This was on my virtual TBR list as I loved The Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir and this also looked to be up my alley. So psyched that I have my own copy and don‘t have to wait on the hold list at the library. Love getting good book mail!

EvieBee Nice! I preordered a copy of this one because it just felt so right! 9mo
Ncostell @EvieBee I know, it looks like a good one! Happy reading! 9mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Mehso-so

Not bad. I found it a bit predictable and sometimes bland.

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Aims42
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Oh my goodness, this book! It was one of those books that by page 10 I knew I was going to love it. After reading ‘The Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir‘ Jennifer Ryan became an insta-buy author. This book didn‘t disappoint; I laughed (the scene with Audrey and Gertrude was my favorite!!), I loathed characters and rooted for these amazing women all the way to the last page! I definitely recommend this book to all historic fiction fans and all cooking fans!!

Tamra Yay - I‘m glad it was a pick! Looking forward to it. 9mo
Aims42 @Tamra Don‘t read it before eating though, my mouth was watering so much 😂 Recipes are included and there‘s a few I want to try 🍽 9mo
Tamra @Aims42 oh, then I better not wait for the audio version! 9mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I have 3-4 days now to read this one.

Tamra I am anxious to read this - I really like the premise! 9mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra yes me too! Hope it's great! Sounds like it will be. 🤞 9mo
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kissmehardy
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I knew this book was going to be On Brand for me and I was NOT disappointed. I loved watching each of the four women grow and come together, even if a couple developments felt a little spontaneous, and the cooking competition angle was so fun! We could all use the camaraderie the Four Friends have. #historicalfiction