Review: The Kitchen Daughter

The Kitchen Daughter
by Jael McHenry
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (April 12, 2011)
ISBN-10: 9781439191699
ISBN-13: 978-1439191699

( 5 stars out of 5 )

A young woman with Asperger’s disorder lives a sheltered life in her parent’s home. When her parents pass away, she finds herself isolated. She turns to family recipes as a coping mechanism. The ritual of preparing a meal has a magical consequence when she summons the ghosts of the recipe’s owner.The cryptic messages, left my the ghosts, leads Ginny on a quest to solve some family mysteries.

Talk about a fast read, I devoured this book in a few hours. Knowing nothing of  Asperger’s disorder, I was hooked on the character of Jenny from the start. She is a marvelously complex character. I liked the touch of the paranormal with the addition of ghosts to the story.

The theory is that the ghosts are attracted to the smell of their favorite dish. I couldn’t help but think of the Singapore theory or Ghost Lab‘s Era Cues. The ghosts and the paranormal are only a minor part the story. The real questions are, “what is normal and who decides?”

“The Kitchen Daughter” is a great debut novel by Jael McHenry. It’s a very compelling story and the recipes sound pretty good.

I give it a “must read” 5 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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