Food and family intertwine in the 2017 One Book South Dakota selection, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. Kitchens of the Great Midwest centers on Eva Thorvald, born into a food-obsessed family and blessed with a uniquely sensitive palate. From Lutheran church bake-offs to chili-pepper eating contests, this book captures the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and the ways food creates community and influences identity. The Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut, will host a book discussion with South Dakota Humanities scholar Dr. Jamie Sullivan, at the library, on October 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us! A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Stradal edits the fiction section of The Nervous Breakdown and works as an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press. He now lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers and Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. You may call the library at 605-668-5275 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.