The Kitchen Front

The Kitchen Front Review

In a new World War II-set story from the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, four women compete for a spot hosting a wartime cookery program called The Kitchen Front - based on the actual BBC program of the same name - as well as a chance to better their lives.

Two years into WW2, Britain is feeling her losses; the Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is putting on a cooking contest--and the grand prize is a job as the program's first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the contest presents a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it's a chance to pay off her husband's debts and keep a roof over her children's heads. For a kitchen maid, it's a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For the lady of the manor, it's a chance to escape her wealthy husband's increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it's a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all--even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together serve only to break it apart?

Title:The Kitchen Front
Edition Language:English

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    The Kitchen Front Reviews

  • Thomas

    4 shining stars for a heartwarming story of tragedy and friendship set in WWII England. This historical fiction book is about a BBC radio program called "The Kitchen Front" and a cooking contest spons...

  • Fran

    "Food rationing in Britain began in 1940...During the war, a wealth of culinary tips, techniques, and quick fixes helped housewives and cooks with rationing problems"."The 1940's ExperimentFrugal Wart...

  • Joan Happel

    The Kitchen Front is a heartwarming story of four seemingly disparate women, living in a small village during WWII. Audrey Landon, a war widow, trying to make ends meet and raise her three sons; her s...

  • Tina

    This is a WWII Historical Fiction. This book is not like any other Historical Fiction I have read because this book focuses on the food shortage that is going on. I have to say I really wanted to love...

  • Kerrin P

    Now AvailableThe Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan is a pleasant story about a British cooking competition during World War II. The winner of the contest will be the co-presenter on the popular radio pro...

  • Bkwmlee

    This is author Jennifer Ryan’s third novel and while it’s only the second one of hers that I’ve read, I enjoyed it just as much. One of the things that had really appealed to me back when I read...

  • Erin

    Thanks to PenguinRandomHouse who invited me to read this egalley on Netgalley and provide an honest review. I am CONVINCED that no one writes homefront WWII fiction quite like Jennifer Ryan. Her fema...

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    This is a wonderful book which feels like a World War II based combination of Downton Abbey and the Great British Baking Show. In Fenley Village, England, 1942, Ambrose Hart is reluctantly looking for...

  • Vonda

    The Kitchen Front is an uplifting historical fiction. Set in England, during WWII, it depicts the care, thriftiness, and innovation of women who had to produce, procure, and prepare countless meals in...

  • Kate Baxter

    This was yet another fine historical fiction piece by master storyteller, Jennifer Ryan (author of The Chilbury Ladies Choir). The story was set in an English country village during World War II. Ryan...