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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Sally August 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

I would love, love, love to win this. It’s been on my “to-read” list since it was released. The cover is so delightful too :)

Deirdre Fitzpatrick August 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

This sounds awesome. The reviews for this book make me hungry!

Jessica August 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

This book sounds like a great read. The combination of food and disabilities catches my interest. I also love the thought of new recipes. I would love to add this to my reading collection.

Jamie August 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

This looks fantastic!!! Would love to win it :)

Grace August 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

Can’t wait to read this book!

Melody August 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Definitly on my to-read list! Love getting books!!!

Linda August 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

Sounds like a great book, and the yummy recipes are a bonus!

dana August 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

Would love to win this..A must read!

Amanda August 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

Looks like a fabulous read!

Jane Cook August 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’ve been so looking forward to reading this book – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Angela Knotts August 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I’m looking forward to reading this…it’s on my to read list. Winning a copy would be fabulous!

Kayla August 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I would love to read this/win this!!! Every time I go to my local bookstore they never have it!

anji beane August 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Ah, I want to read this one!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

Marlyn August 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

This book sounds intriguing. I’d love to win a copy!

Laura August 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Excited to hear about such an intriguing story, encompassing two of my passions: mental health & food!

Renee August 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I am DYING to read this book and would love to win! Hope I do!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’d love to win this! I love to read, especially food related books, and have heard good reviews about The Kitchen Daughter.

Rosie August 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’ll take this time to recommend a non-cookbook, food-related memoir titled Cakewalk by Kate Moses. A wonderful novel.

Michele August 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Yeah, I want the chance to win this intriguing book, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to explore this website! Thanks… Great idea giving away this book to encourage traffic to your site. I enjoyed the articles I’ve read so far, lots of interesting things about white tea and the one about eggs (salon).

Happy Living!

rowena boyd August 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

can’t wait to read this.

Sara J. Henry August 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Of course I’d love a copy of Jael’s book!

Janel August 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I have followed Jael’s blog for a long time. Foodie fiction is one of my favorite genre’s to read!

Shana August 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I already read a library copy of The Kitchen Daughter (had to put it on hold for almost a month before I could get my hands on it!), but I’d love my very own copy! It was a great book. The author apparently used to live near where I live. She held a book signing here in June, but I wasn’t able to attend. :( Fantastic book, though!

Judy Mayhew August 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I follow Jael on Twitter. She often tells us what she’s having for dinner. I really, really need those recipes!

Christine August 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Maybe I am too late but my heart is with you. Congrats to Ginny for her new book!

Natalie August 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

what an interesting synopsis! definitely looking forward to reading this

kirsten halpin August 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I love to read and when a novel includes a focus on food and dining the book is even more enjoyable for me. Recipes to accompany the story are even more of a bonus. I look forward to reading Jael’s book when it is available at my local library or early if I win a copy from you!

Laura August 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This is on my to read (soon) list! Stuffed squash blossoms sound amazing.

Priscilla August 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I am going to have to add this to my book club list! Sounds like a great read.

Hallie Sawyer August 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I had it within my grasp once through the library and I had to give it back before I had a chance to crack the cover. Now I am on the bottom of the long list of holds, again.

Put my name in the hat, my dear!

Felicia August 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

I’d love a chance to win the book. It sounds like a great read and the cover is brilliant.


Shane August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

I want to win this book for my girlfriend! She’s been talking about reading it since it came out.

Sandi Taraschi August 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book :) i follow you on

Ally August 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Nothing better than a good book!

Laura Kay August 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I’ve wanted this one for awhile! Would love to win :D

nomadreader (Carrie) August 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’d love to win this one!

Runa Nakayama August 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I’m kind of new reading in english and I’m having so much fun!
Just read Violets of March and The art of Forgetting.
Hope I can win! Love books with kitchen atmosphere,
have you read Isabel Allende (Aprhrodite) or Laura Esquivel (like water for chocolate)? maybe you are going to love them!
best luck for everybody!

Catherine F August 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Sounds like the perfect end of summer read!

KIMBERLY HOWLETT-MACHADO August 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I read every spare moment I get. I share my books with anyone who asks. If I win your book, it would not only be read by me but by many! You could end up with a circle of followers that don’t already read you now.

Mary Irene Donald August 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Pick Me !! :)

julie barrett August 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

thanks for having the contest,

Kathy Braatz August 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

This sounds like a great book- I hope I win a copy!

Mary Irene Donald August 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Pick Me ! :)

Bonnie Kaye August 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I would love to have a copy of this book. Thank you.

Lacey Adams August 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This looks like a great book!

Erin R August 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Always willing to read more great books! Pick Me!

Kassidy August 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Looking forward to reading your book!! Haven’t read one yet. :) I’d love to win this book:))

Katie August 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I soooo want to read this book! Hope that random number generator pics me. :)

Susie Boyle August 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

How truly fascinating of an idea!! I work in Special Needs as do many of my family members and am ALWAYS interested in books like this!!

Not to mention I am an Oprah Radio Junkie!!

:>) Cheers! Here’s to winning an inspiring book!

Susie Boyle

Katie August 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I want to read this book! Hope the random number generator pics me. :)

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