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Simply Irresistible: The Kitchen Front, a novel by Jennifer Ryan



I'm incredibly excited to announce that my tantalizing new novel, The Kitchen Front, is coming out on February 23rd next year, 2021. It is a fun, fascinating tale of a cooking contest, using only rationed food in Second World War Britain.


Four different women cooks battle through three tests: starter, main course, and dessert, with the winner set to become the first female co-host of the BBC radio show, The Kitchen Front. For young widow Audrey, it’s an escape from a life in debt, battling to keep a roof over her children’s heads. For kitchen maid Nell, it is her one chance to find freedom from servitude. Lady Gwendoline, a wealthy manufacturer’s wife, is gripped by hopes of escaping her abusive husband. A trained head chef, Zelda needs to prove herself in a profession dominated by men, while also dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.


Drama, loss, and plenty of friendship, heartbreak, and love make up this delectable book, notwithstanding the fascinating food tips and real Second World War recipes.


Here is the fabulous new cover, for which I have to thank the wonderful design team at Ballantine Books. I think this one is going to be flying off the shelves, a real treat for a cozy evening by the fire or to enjoy with book clubs.



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Your author bio states you were a book editor, yet you didn’t proof your own book too well! It’s a good read, sad to be jolted out of the story by stupid mistakes, such as page 189, “her skin had faired well” please, the word is fared! Ugh. There are others as well. Hire a proofreader!!!

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Judy Bachtold
Judy Bachtold
Sep 11, 2021

I just finished reading the Kitchen Front and I want to see it as a movie. This story definitely could be a motion picture. I don't know how to make that happen but I hope you can. It is so good.

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I thought at first that you were having the young maid use "Sir Strickland" to point out her lack of _nous_. Then I came to realize you had it wrong throughout the book. He's Sir Reginald, Reginald Strickland, or Sir Reginald Strickland. Most emphatically not, Sir Strickland. That sounds like something an American tourist would say. What happened there?

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