GIVEAWAY: The Kitchen Daughter

by Camille on August 8, 2011

Writer Jael McHenry describes herself as an “enthusiastic amateur cook”. Spend some time on her blog and you’ll soon see that she’s anything but amateur. From stuffed squash blossoms to a Svelte favorite, strawberry salad, she’s got a talent for all things food.

Even better than Jael’s cooking, however, is her writing—which is why her debut novel, The Kitchen Daughter, was published to rave reviews earlier this year. The Kitchen Daughter is a captivating, compelling and refreshingly unsentimental story of a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome who discovers she can conjure up ghosts by recreating their recipes. (Bonus: the book contains many of the recipes, including one for some of the best brownies ever). O magazine says, “McHenry writes passionately about food and foodies… While Ginny is wonderfully single-minded about cooking, her fresh, sharp story has as many layers as a good pâte á choux.”

We’re giving away a copy of this delicious book; all you need to do to be entered is leave a brief comment below before Wednesday.

UPDATE: chose commenter #11, Angela Knotts. Thanks, everyone, for participating!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks to overwhelming interest, I’ll give away another copy of The Kitchen Daughter at the end of the day tomorrow (8/11). No need to re-comment; everyone except the previous winner will be considered!

UPDATE 8/11: Commenter number 53, Kathy Roberts, is the winner! The contest is now closed. Thanks, everyone, for entering!


PS If you live in Michigan, Jael’s coming to Ann Arbor on August 18th and Petoskey on August 19th. Visit her website for details.

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Jaclyn G. August 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I would love to bring this on my cruise that I’m going on….it sounds like the perfect vacation read!

Amy Higginbotham August 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Can’t wait to read your new book!

kathy roberts August 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Cover is very intriguing!

Aubrey-lynn August 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love reading and can never get my hands on enough books to keep up with my interest. This book looks amazing and I can only pray that I win a copy!!

Angie Finley August 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I am always looking for new material to read!! And this could be it:)

Kristina Kimbark August 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

How exciting to be recognized by O, and Oprah Magazine! And anything to do with cooking….I’m there. :-)

Anita LeBeau August 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I hope I can still enter for round 2. I’ve been wanting to read this book!!

Ann Cunningham August 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Book looks great!!! Would love to win a copy!!!

Susan August 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I just read this book and loved it! I had to return it to the library. =(

I would love to win this and have my very own copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

And I LOVE the cover!

April August 10, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Your book sounds amazing! Would love to win a copy!!

Liz Fenton August 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm

This sounds fab! Thanks for the chance to win! xo

Nicola August 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I’d love to win a copy, sounds interesting.

Lynette August 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Sounds like a great read! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Tiffany Drew August 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I have been wanting to read this for a very long time. Please count me in! Thank you :)

Michelle Smith August 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Sounds good!

claudia williams August 11, 2011 at 12:11 am

awww,got to see this book at a neighbor’s house,now I want a copy ,to finish reading! Pick me! pick me! LOL

Nan Stockdale August 11, 2011 at 12:23 am

I am inspired as a Educational Assistant this is truly wonderful ! I love getting new and healthy food choices ♥

Amanda Sandoval August 11, 2011 at 12:29 am

I’m Amanda, an Air Force wife stationed overseas, and I would love to read this book! I love cooking but I’m trying to get better. I also need a new good book to read because I just finished the one I was reading and now I’m bored. :)

Amanda Henriksen August 11, 2011 at 12:31 am

I am so excited about this book and can’t wait to get a copy. I live in New Zealand and it would make the perfect winter read!

Donna August 11, 2011 at 12:34 am

As the fourth anniversary of mother’s passing nears, I read the synopsis of this book and immediately thought of her baking my favorite cake every year for my birthday. To think that I could reconnect to her through baking the cake myself, seemed very powerful and comforting.

Rina Goldthorpe August 11, 2011 at 12:40 am

Just finished a very good book and looking forward to this one.

Christi shipman August 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

I’m currently reading violets of march but I’m always looking for a new book and new author!

Desiree Coleman August 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

Would love to read your new book!

Walterine August 11, 2011 at 1:19 am

Sarah Jio had your link posted on her Facebook. I am always looking for new authors to read. Jodi Picoult had recommended Sarah Jio’s book “Violets of March”. After reading the synopsis (and not winning a copy) I went straight out to buy it. Now Sarah has recommended you so I had to stop by and see what your book was about.

It seems to b a very intriguing read! I hope you consider me to win a copy and if not it is definitely a purchase I will be making! Bey of luck in you career!!

Tricia Goodrich August 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

I would love to get my hands on this book! I am passionate about cooking and reading.To read about cooking and food go together better than a peanutbutter and jelly! I hope I win this book.

Mallory August 11, 2011 at 6:26 am

I would love a copy!

Angela Strader August 11, 2011 at 7:05 am

Sounds right up my alley.

Mary Dugan August 11, 2011 at 7:23 am

Sounds like a very interesting book!

Kay Houy August 11, 2011 at 7:24 am

Your book sounds fantastic, what a blessing to find another new favorite author, would LOVE to read it and add you to my growing list……..

Jodi Ferris August 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

I just keeping thinking about this subject….How food and specific dishes and their aromas trigger such strong emotions and immediately take our minds on a journey past. Why hadn’t anyone thought of this before? When I cook with my large yellow pyrex bowl or make a cherry dump cake, I immediately feel the presence of “Granny”. This book is sure to be one that most everyone can identify with. Can’t wait to read!

Angi August 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

The cover is certainly intriguing… certainly interested in reading your book.

Elizabeth S August 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

I think it would really be a great book to get into!

michelle August 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

I have heard such good things about this book. Would love to read it. I love Sarah jio’s writings and I am sure your writing is just as beautiful. There is nothing like a good book that touches your soul.

Beth Holloway August 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

Sarah Jio posted about your blog on facebook. Thank you for holding this drawing.

:) Beth

Melissa Kreuser August 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

I was directed to your site by Sarah Jio who was recommended to me by Jodi Picoult, one of my absolute favorite authors. I’ve added your book to my “must reads” for the next month! :)

Renee Taylor August 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hope I am not too late to enter… I have been wanting to read this book! I love it when these drawings are available to us readers. :-)

Gail August 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Well, I never win anything, but that’s ok, I LOVE TO READ and waiting for my new NOOK to arrive in the mail! Always looking for new authors. Love Love Jodi Picoult, waiting to read Sarah Jio’s book, now I have another one to add to my booklist! Best wishes and congrats to you on the nod from OPRAH~!

Mary Weibling August 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I would love to read a new book and author.

Mary Weibling August 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Please pick me. I never win anything.

Bonnie K August 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

This book looks good. I’d love to read it.

Joyce Best August 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This looks like a great read.

Devon McMinn August 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

yay! I’m glad this is happening again!

Mary Lou Figueiredo August 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Always looking for new authors to read. Since I like to cook and read, this book sounds like it offers the best of two worlds.

Amy Elaine August 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

OOOOOh, I’m excited! This has been on my wish list for awhile now – would love to get a copy!!!

Camille August 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm


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