About the Author
Jael McHenry is a talented and enthusiastic amateur cook who writes
about food and cooking. She is a monthly pop culture columnist and
editor-in-chief of Intrepid Media, online a IntrepidMedia.com. Her
work has appeared in publications such as the North American
Review, Indiana Review, and the Graduate Review at American
University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She lives
in New York City.
""The Kitchen Daughter" is tender, charming and not at all what you
expect--which is what makes it a true gem. A beautifully written,
boldly thought out tale."
--Monica Holloway, author of "Cowboy & Wills"
"This fresh, sharp story has as many layers as a good pate a
choux." --"O, The Oprah Magazine"
"A delectable family drama, "The Kitchen Daughter" whips up a
sumptuous blend of suspense, magic and cooking. A nourishing
--Allison Winn Scotch, "New York Times" bestselling author of
"The One That I Want"
"A unique voice, richly drawn characters, and a dash of magic--all
the right ingredients!"
--"New York Times" bestseller Lisa Genova
"Add a pinch of magic, a dash of heartache, and a generous portion
of lyrical beauty and you have The Kitchen Daughter, an enchanting
tale of familial loss and quiet redemption--I loved it."
- Jamie Ford, "New York Times" bestselling author of HOTEL ON
THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET
"Equal parts sweet and savory, THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER by Jael McHenry
is a fresh story with all the comforts of home. Ginny's ability to
conjure ghosts while dabbling in family recipes is so touching
readers will want to pull up a stool. A heartwarming debut."
- Lynne Griffin, author of SEA ESCAPE and LIFE WITHOUT
"For Ginny Selvaggio, the protagonist of Jael McHenry's captivating
debut novel, food is a kind of glossary and cooking provides its
own magic, whether it's summoning the dead or softening the sharp
edges of a world she finds neither comfortable nor familiar. THE
KITCHEN DAUGHTER is sweet and bitter-sharp, a lush feast of a novel
about the links between flavor and memory, family and identity."
- Carolyn Parkhurst, "New York Times" bestselling author of DOGS
OF BABEL and THE NOBODIES ALBUM
"Gorgeously written and uniquely delicious, The Kitchen Daughter
follows an endearingly awkward character after tragedy upsets the
fragile order of her world. Jael McHenry is a true wordsmith who
shines in evoking Ginny's perspective of family and food, her
compelling sense of self, and her eventual understanding that you
don't have to be like everyone else in order to belong. A feast of
words that makes you glad to be a reader."
- Therese Walsh, author of THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY
"Jael McHenry's debut is a blast of fresh air, featuring an utterly
original heroine who filters her view of an unpredictable world
through her love of food. A fresh premise, terrific writing, and
memorable characters blended beautifully - and made me devour The
-- Sarah Pekkanen, author of SKIPPING A BEAT and THE OPPOSITE OF
"Magical, strong, and compelling, The Kitchen Daughter asks what is
normal, how well do you know your family, and where does grief go?
Jael McHenry blends seemingly unmixable ingredients into sustaining
answers. I read this book in one satisfying gulp and smiled in
comfort when I'd finished this distinctive, nourishing, and wise
- Randy Susan Meyers, author of the international bestseller,
THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTERS
"This debut novel from Jael McHenry is everything you want in
discovering a new writer. The Kitchen Daughter is subtle and
effortless and emotional and lovely. The food and recipes aren't
gimmicky add-ons, but integral to the momentum of the story -- and
they make you want to run to the kitchen, except then you'd have to
stop reading. It's a layered and satisfying tale."
- Stacey Ballis, author of GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT and THE SPINSTER