Rhinelander District Library

Monday  9am – 7pm
Tues-Thurs  9am – 6pm
Friday  9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm

Rhinelander District Library
106 N. Stevens Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Phone(715) 365-1070
Fax (715) 365-1076



J. Ryan Stradal weaves together several stories in Kitchens of the Great Midwest by establishing connections between characters’ relationships, passions, and overall life journeys. Food seems to tie the novel (and characters) together, much like it does in real life. The book spans many years, which allows readers to get to know the characters. Some of the stories are heartbreaking and the book does grapple with a few heavy topics. It is surprising, engaging, and yet relatable and realistic. A great read for any foodie or someone looking for a fresh take on realistic fiction.