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The Kitchen Front

By: Jennifer Ryan
Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes an unforgettable story inspired by the true events of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition.

Some wars will be fought at home....

Two years into the Second World War, and German U-boats are frequently disrupting Britain's supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front launches a new cooking contest–and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. 

For young widow Audrey winning the competition could be a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads. However, her estranged sister, Gwendoline, is equally set on success even if her own kitchen maid, Nell, is competing against her. And then there is Zelda, a London-trained chef desperate to succeed in a male-dominated profession–and harbouring a secret that will change everything....

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Jennifer Ryan (P)2021 Penguin Randomhouse LLC

Critic Reviews

"A gorgeous novel about making the best of things during difficult times, whilst celebrating the importance of sisterhood and friendship." (Jill Mansell)

"The Great British Bake Off set in World War Two...an enchanting hug of a novel." (Cathy Kelly) 

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  • isabel
  • 04-28-22

drivel

sentimentalised complete, over dramaticised drivel.

probably meant or a teenage audience.

I will ask for refund on my buy

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  • David Bowler
  • 04-22-22

Worth a credit

Enjoyed this story, lots of historical detail though though tale is probably a little unlikely. Very good narration.

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  • Suzanne Black
  • 05-11-22

Absolutely sublime!

As a dedicated foodie, I loved hearing about the creation and detail of recipes throughout. Also, the personal journeys and character arcs of each of the women, was satisfying and joyful.

The bonus recipe PDF is a winner! Well done to Jasmine Blackborow on her excellent narration. It makes all the difference to an audiobook, when each of the characters has a unique voice. Blackborow does this effortlessly.

Suffice to say, I completely loved this book, and didn’t want to leave this world of wonderful characters whose combined joy is the delight that good food always brings.