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The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

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After the unexpected death of her parents, painfully shy and sheltered 26-year-old Ginny Selvaggio seeks comfort in cooking from family recipes. But the rich, peppery scent of her Nonna's soup draws an unexpected visitor into the kitchen: the ghost of Nonna herself, dead for twenty years, who appears with a cryptic warning ("do no let her…") before vanishing like steam from a cooling dish.

A haunted kitchen isn't Ginny's only challenge. Her domineering sister, Amanda, (aka "Demanda") insists on selling their parents' house, the only home Ginny has ever known. As she packs up her parents' belongings, Ginny finds evidence of family secrets she isn't sure how to unravel. She knows how to turn milk into cheese and cream into butter, but she doesn't know why her mother hid a letter in the bedroom chimney, or the identity of the woman in her father's photographs. The more she learns, the more she realizes the keys to these riddles lie with the dead, and there's only one way to get answers: cook from dead people's recipes, raise their ghosts, and ask them.
After the unexpected death of her parents, painfully shy and sheltered 26-year-old Ginny Selvaggio seeks comfort in cooking from family recipes. But the rich, peppery scent of her Nonna's soup draws an unexpected visitor into the kitchen: the ghost of Nonna herself, dead for twenty years, who appears with a cryptic warning ("do no let her…") before vanishing like steam from a cooling dish.

A haunted kitchen isn't Ginny's only challenge. Her domineering sister, Amanda, (aka "Demanda") insists on selling their parents' house, the only home Ginny has ever known. As she packs up her parents' belongings, Ginny finds evidence of family secrets she isn't sure how to unravel. She knows how to turn milk into cheese and cream into butter, but she doesn't know why her mother hid a letter in the bedroom chimney, or the identity of the woman in her father's photographs. The more she learns, the more she realizes the keys to these riddles lie with the dead, and there's only one way to get answers: cook from dead people's recipes, raise their ghosts, and ask them.

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Published by: Simon and Schuster on Mar 30, 2011
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Gallery BooksA Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.1230 Avenue of the AmericasNew York, NY 10020This book is a work of ction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used ctitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales orpersons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2011 by Jael McHenryAll rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any formwhatsoever. For information address Gallery Books Subsidiary Rights Department, 1230Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020First Gallery Books hardcover edition April 2011GALLERY BOOKS and colophon are trademarks of Simon & Schuster, Inc.For information about special discounts for bulk purchases, please contact Simon & SchusterSpecial Sales at 1-866-506-1949 or business@simonandschuster.comThe Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau can bring authors to your live event. For more infor-mation or to book an event contact the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau at 1-866-248-3049or visit our website at www.simonspeakers.com.Designed by Renato StanisicManufactured in the United States of America10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available.ISBN 978-1-4391-9169-9ISBN 978-1-4391-9196-5 (ebook)
 
C h a p t e r O n e
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ad things come in threes. My father dies. My mother dies. Thenthere’s the funeral.Other people would say these are all the same bad news. For me,they’re different.The cemetery is the easiest part. There’s a soothing low voice,the caskets are closed, and I can just stand and observe like I’m notthere at all. The man in the robe talks (“celebrated surgeon . . . lovingmother . . .”) and then Amanda does (“a shock to all of us . . . best par-ents we could have ever . . .”). I keep my eyes on the girls, Amanda’sdaughters, Shannon and Parker. They’re younger than I was at myrst funeral. This, at twenty-six, is my second.

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