The Kitchen Front

The Kitchen Front[PDF / Epub] ☂ The Kitchen Front ✐ Jennifer Ryan – Bluevapours.co.uk In a new World War IIset story from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, four women compete for a spot hosting a wartime cookery program called The Kitchen Frontbased on the actual BB In a new World War IIset story from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, four women compete for a spot hosting a wartime cookery program called The Kitchen Frontbased on the actual BBC program of the same nameas well as a chance to better their livesTwo years into WW, Britain is feeling her losses; the Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and Uboats The Kitchen PDF/EPUB or 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 contestand the grand prize is a job as the program's firstever female cohost For four very different women, winning the contest presents a crucial chance to change their livesFor 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 professionThese four women are giving the competition their allevebn 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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  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • The Kitchen Front
  • Jennifer Ryan
  • English
  • 26 April 2018
  • 9780593158807

10 thoughts on “The Kitchen Front

  1. Sherwood Smith says:

    A heartwarming novel set at the home front in England during WW II, it features four women, two sisters whose paths sharply diverged, a kitchen helper and maid, and a trained chef who reinvented herself after a tough beginning.

    Each woman has her goals and outlook, which clash at the beginning even before the four, all cooks, compete for a chance at a radio show, which would bring in badly needed money for one sister, and would mean prestige for the other. The latter two have more mixed motives, but as the novel develops, everything changes, bringing them all together.

    The men in the story tend to be a bit more black-and-white, but not unbelievable. You meet types like them in far too many period biographies, memoirs, and letters. Anyway the focus is on the women, and that story is most satisfying.

    For those into cooking, there are recipes that I assume are period correct. They certainly take the exigencies of rationing into consideration, which gives the novel that resonance of the real. That and the characters' reactions to the sporadic planes flying overhead: friend or enemy?

    Ryan is especially good with describing grief, adding a layer of poignancy to precious friendships.

    My only complaint--and I hope it's fixed in the final draft--was the distraction of incorrect nomenclature for a knight and his wife. As both characters appear often, that incorrect appellation was there a lot. But these are e-arcs, so maybe that and a few other typos will get smoothed out before February. Hope so--the book deserves to look as good as it can. It really left me smiling.

    Copy provided by NetGalley

  2. Laura Freed says:

    The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan takes place in World War II and follows the lives of four very different women. An orphan, a widowed mother, a society wife, and an single pregnant women who is a trained chef. The four women come together because they are all competing to be on a BBC radio cooking show.

    The story is about their friendships and the power of community. There is light romance, but it really is about the friendships of the women.

    The Kitchen Front includes recipes for all for all of the recipes. It wonderful uplifting read.
    Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher.

  3. Sandy says:

    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book, in return for a fair and honest review.

    I loved this book. First off, I'm a sucker for WWII stories, that involve the regular people at home, trying to manage during the war. Second, just like her previous two books, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane, this book involves characters who have their own flaws, but who learn and grow throughout the book. Third, maybe it's just the right book at the right time, but I really enjoyed reading a book that was somewhat uplifting - people coping with difficulties and problems, but through working hard and caring about other people, survive and even thrive, with love and friendships.

    The book revolves around a cooking contest, the winner of which will be a co-host of a BBC radio show, The Kitchen Front. The idea is to make palatable and preferably delicious food within the constraints of rationing and unavailability of many things. Audrey is a war widow, trying to support her three sons, by baking pies to sell. Meanwhile, she maintains a large garden for food, forages for things like mushrooms, and keeps hens and bees to augment her supplies with eggs and honey. Her estranged sister, Gwendoline, is the lady of the manor, with her own secret problems. Nell is the kitchen maid at the manor, an orphan who has learned to cook from the motherly cook, Mrs. Quince, who has become a fabulous and creative cook, and is beginning to realize her own strengths. Zelda is a former head chef at a bombed out London restaurant, whose ambition to return to being a head chef may be ruined by the fact that she's pregnant, about to become an unwed mother.

    The four contestants begin as rivals, but circumstances bring them together. As they grow, their relationships develop and they each become stronger as a result. In this, as in her previous books, Ms. Ryan celebrates the strength of women and their friendships - and I really enjoyed it!

  4. Leslie says:

    The Kitchen Front, a WW II novel about a contest to see which female cook will be on air with Ambrose Hart in a BBC radio show of the same name, is filled with the tastes and smells of the kitchen. These are wonderfully portrayed, but it's the behind-the-scenes experiences of dealing with food scarcity and finding ways to make do--like foraging for food, creating substitutions, and relying on others for recipe ideas as well as for dealing with personal challenges--that adds depth to the story. I loved the author's previous books set during World War II, and I thought that this one was another interesting look at homefront life.
    My full review is here: https://readersforecast.blogspot.com/...

  5. Rachel says:


    The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place within Fenley, a small village a few miles away from London in 1942 during WWII.

    Within this small village, most are affected one way or another concerning rationing, food shortages, financial changes, loss, sacrifices, and stress. The War Office decides that the radio show, The Kitchen Front, needs an addition of a female voice to help with the ratings and recommendations. A contest takes place in which four women that are deemed “professional cooks” compete for a chance at that coveted spot and all that position contains. For one woman, it is recognition and acceptance, for another it is financial saving, for another it is a chance at freedom, and for another it is for the chance to live up to their potential.

    Each woman desperately wants this chance and with each alternating chapter, we get a glimpse into each woman’s story: Zelda, Audrey, Nell, and Gwendoline. Each have their reasons, their complicated pasts, hopes, dreams, flaws, strengths, and fears. I loved being able to be a part of each character to see their perspective throughout the story.

    I like how the parts were divided into Rounds 1-3 in reference to the competition. I also like the authentic and historically accurate recipes that were used on the show and in homes in England during this time. To say that some were unique is quite the understatement.

    At first things are cutthroat, ugly at times, and desperate, however I love how the author was able to add unifying obstacles into the story to help each character self-reflect, evolve, change, and join forces for the greater good. I always love when characters are able to grow in a story. I also enjoyed the positive ending and the Author’s Note giving factual information regarding the BBC show and the recipes.

    A great historical fiction book that was surprisingly lighter and uplifting despite its heavy backdrop. A great read that flew by before I knew it.

    5/5 stars

    Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

    I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 2/23/21.

  6. Linda says:

    Jennifer Ryan writes the most appealing books (read from an eARC from NetGalley). As with her other novels, this is set in Great Britain during WWII, in Fenley, a small town south of London. It is 1942 and the Brits have been at war since 1939 and it rules everyone's life. Food is rationed and the government is always offering ways to make do with less including a radio show (The Kitchen Front) that covers that subject. That show is hosted by a man but the BBC is looking for a woman to take over so they host a cooking contest to find this new host. Set over 3 months, the contestants must make an appetizer the first month, a main dish the second and a dessert the third. They'll be judged on taste and the ability of the average person to get the ingredients and make the dish.
    The main characters are 4 women who enter this contest which is held in Fenley (home of the male host), all hoping to win the prize and improve their lives. Audrey is a widow who is running herself ragged trying to keep her home and family together as she struggles to pay the bills with her home baking business. Gwendolyn is Audrey's (estranged) sister and the lady of the manor, having married a newly knighted businessman and bought into his view that they should be in charge of everything no matter who they crush on their way up. Nell is Gwendolyn's kitchen maid, trained to be an excellent cook by the elderly cook of the manor and desperately hoping there is more to life than being a maid. Zelda is a trained chef who has lost her London hotel restaurant job due to it being bombed. She has taken on a war job working in Gwendolyn's husband factory while also trying to hide that she is pregnant.
    We are drawn into all of their lives and their struggles and their eventual friendship. Jennifer Ryan writes books that you love to read and when you finish leaves you wanting more.

  7. Susie says:

    As a Jennifer Ryan fan, I was eager to read The Kitchen Front. Her earlier book, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir reminded me very much of another historical fiction favorite, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I was expecting that The Kitchen Front would be similar to these books. This latest novel is great, but it was a bit different.

    The Kitchen Front follows the lives of four very different women: an orphan, a widowed mother, an unhappy society wife, and an unwed mother-to-be who is also a trained chef. The story takes place during World War II in a small village outside of London. War time rationing is in effect and finding ways to cook delicious food is a serious challenge. The four women come together because they are all competing to be on a BBC radio cooking show.

    Throughout the competition, the friendships between the four women deepen as they help each other through different challenges. The story is really about their friendships and the power of community. While there are some love interests thrown in, The Kitchen Front reminded me most of some of the famous books about female friendships and food in the American South - Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe or Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells.

    The Kitchen Front includes recipes for all for all of the recipes, although I can't say I wanted to try all of the ration-based foods! The book tells a good story set during an interesting period in time. Fans of Jennifer Ryan, historical fiction, or stories about strong female friendships will enjoy this read. It kept me engaged and blessedly helped me pass the time during this quarantine!

  8. Melodie says:

    Beautifully crafted, Jennifer Ryan’s The Kitchen Front, illustrates the hardships of those left behind in WWII Britain. While the story centers on four competitors in a cooking competition, the book is far more than a story about the competition. The book is a tribute to the strength of women and the concept of together we’re stronger than alone. Jennifer Ryan is a gifted author who capably builds a character driven novel that isn’t rushed to a conclusion. The four characters have distinct personalities, strengths and weakness, and the tale of their journey apart and together is well worth reading. This book has strong feminist undertones without beating the reader over the head with an agenda.

    The WWII countryside setting brings much to the book, but the part that I found most fascinating was all the information about rationing and how people learned to live with it and still produce meals. This book appears to be well researched and taught me much while still being entertaining.

    If I have any complaints about the book it is how the characters were presented as so black and white at first; the noble one, the downtrodden one, etc.; but Ms Ryan was able to successfully build a novel where these four women could evolve and grow. I found only one of the transitions about too abrupt.

    I loved this book and found it entertaining, informative and well written and I highly recommend it. Five Stars.

    I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write an honest review and the opinions stated are solely my own.

  9. Leah says:

    I loved this book! Another winner from Ms. Ryan. “ The Kitchen Front” is the story of four women who by all accounts shouldn’t be moving in each other’s circles, let alone friends, yet during wartime, everything changes, societal rules are bent, and in this story, dinner must be prepared with creativity and rationed food.

    Audrey is the main character, if there is one. Mother of 3 boys, she is a natural in the kitchen and bakes pies and cakes to supplement her income. Her estranged sister, Gwendolyn, married to a Lord and working for the Ministry of Food and being snooty. There’s Nell, a kitchen maid at Lady Gwendolyn’s manor, and finally Zelda, a chef who has been relocated from London and hides a secret. All four women enter the “Kitchen Front” contest to be on the BBC radio show of the same name. The contest requires them to make original recipes using rationed foods or foods they’ve gathered (think lots of salted and tinned fish, wild veggies, and fruits from the garden). Although they start as competitors, the women become friends, supporting each other through tough times during a time when women were supposed to be wives and mothers.

    I love Ms. Ryan’s books. This one was well researched and she included the recipes of some of the dishes that the ladies made, some of which came from actual recipe books from the era, and some from her family. That touch of authenticity makes this story special.

    Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers, and Ms. Ryan for an ARC in exchange for a fair an honest review.

  10. Sharon says:

    A wonderful historical fiction novel that takes place in a small village in England, 1942, during World War II. Ryan is also the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane.
    This small village has faced rationing, food shortages, financial issues, stress, loss of family members and sacrifices by the entire village. In what the War Office sees as a brilliant idea, they need a woman to be the spokeswoman for their cooking show. A contest is organized by Radio BBC's cooking show and four women are chosen to compete in three rounds of cooking, using recipes that will teach people how to deal with all the shortages and recipe substitutions. One woman wants recognition, another freedom. Another wants to learn the best ways to feed a family and another wants their qualifications as a chef recognized. Organized by chapters, we learn more about these four women and what propels and sustains them. Each chapter includes an authentic, historical recipe from the World War II era.
    The author was able to make this story seem so real, and how very difficult it was for the people of England. Food shortages, bombs dropping, trying to make sure children received their education. Just a great all around story. The Author's Note gave further information about the radio show and the recipes used during that trying time.
    I received an e-book from NetGalley and Random House/Ballantine Books, in exchange for an honest review.




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