Coming February 23rd 2021

The Kitchen Front

"We nourish who we love."

An unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cookery competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives.

Two years into World War II, 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 holding 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 would present 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 a 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 only serve to break it apart?


"The Kitchen Front reminded me most of some of the famous books about female friendships and food in the American South - Fannie Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" or "Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood" by Rebecca Wells."

— Susie, a Goodreads Advanced-copy reader


“The book is a tribute to the strength of women and the concept of together we’re stronger than alone. Jennifer Ryan is a gifted author who capably builds a character driven novel that isn’t rushed to a conclusion. ”

— Melodie, a Goodreads Advanced-copy reader


“I loved this book and found it entertaining, informative and well written and I highly recommend it. Five Stars."

— Melodie, a Goodreads Advanced-copy reader


“As with all of Jennifer Ryan's books, I hated to see this one end. I try to pace myself and make myself read slower or make myself set it aside for a few hours to put off the end, but I inevitably pick it right back up because I enjoy her books so much. I'm sure you're going to love it just as much!.”

— Gina, a Goodreads Advanced-copy reader

Quotes from the book

"You'll be surprised what the power of friendship can do"

"Enjoy the small things, every little moment that makes you smile.”

"Food symbolizes the exchange of love."

"There's nothing like a good day's work to get over the glums."

"What we need is women with spirit, women who step forward and say 'I can do this'."


"Everything will always be just as it should be in the end."


"Nothing will change until you believe in yourself."


"Society's rules don't define us."


"Survival is about sticking together, and together we're stronger."

"Being a cook is both a blessing and a joy."

© 2018 by Jennifer Ryan

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Washington, D.C., USA