On Sale: April 12, 2011



"Skillfully rendered from Ginny's point of view, McHenry's debut novel is a touching tale about loss and grief, love and acceptance." — Kirkus Reviews

"With recipes and long, delicious descriptions of ingredients, cooking, and delicacies, McHenry’s first novel is of definite appeal to foodies, yet the compelling characters and twisting mystery constitute a story many readers will devour." — Booklist

"McHenry’s debut novel is a sensitive and realistic portrait of someone living with Asperger’s. Readers looking for good family-themed women’s fiction will enjoy this novel, and the magical element of the cooking ghosts will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen." — Library Journal

"...an intelligent and moving account of an intriguing heroine’s belated battle to find herself.” — Publishers Weekly

"An outstanding debut... especially attractive as a book group choice." — Huntington News

"McHenry writes passionately about food and foodies... While Ginny is wonderfully single-minded about cooking, her fresh, sharp story has as many layers as a good pâte á choux." — O, The Oprah Magazine

Praise for The Kitchen Daughter


"In THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER, Jael McHenry combines a unique voice, richly drawn characters, and a dash of magic—all the right ingredients for an engaging and enjoyable read."

– Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE and LEFT NEGLECTED

"Add a pinch of magic, a dash of heartache, and a generous portion of lyrical beauty and you have The Kitchen Daughter, an enchanting tale of familial loss and quiet redemption—I loved it."

– Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET

"For Ginny Selvaggio, the protagonist of Jael McHenry's captivating debut novel, food is a kind of glossary and cooking provides its own magic, whether it's summoning the dead or softening the sharp edges of a world she finds neither comfortable nor familiar. THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER is sweet and bitter-sharp, a lush feast of a novel about the links between flavor and memory, family and identity."

– Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author of THE DOGS OF BABEL and THE NOBODIES ALBUM

“A delectable family drama, The Kitchen Daughter whips up a sumptuous blend of suspense, magic and cooking. A nourishing debut.”

– Allison Winn Scotch,  New York Times bestselling author of THE ONE THAT I WANT and TIME OF MY LIFE

“The Kitchen Daughter is tender, charming and not at all what you expect—which is what makes it a true gem.  A beautifully written, boldly thought out tale of a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome suddenly alone in her childhood home after the death of her parents.  An unlikely heroine—long overdue—Ginny Selvaggio teaches us what it means to accept the magic in our lives, to never give up what we know to be true, and to honor who we are.  The end is exquisitely rendered, unexpected and hugely moving.”

– Monica Holloway, author of COWBOY & WILLS and DRIVING WITH DEAD PEOPLE

"Jael McHenry's debut is a blast of fresh air, featuring an utterly original heroine who filters her view of an unpredictable world through her love of food. A fresh premise, terrific writing, and memorable characters blended beautifully—and made me devour The Kitchen Daughter."

– Sarah Pekkanen, author of SKIPPING A BEAT and THE OPPOSITE OF ME

"This debut novel from Jael McHenry is everything you want in discovering a new writer. The Kitchen Daughter is subtle and effortless and emotional and lovely. The food and recipes aren't gimmicky add-ons, but integral to the momentum of the story—and they make you want to run to the kitchen, except then you'd have to stop reading. It's a layered and satisfying tale."

– Stacey Ballis, author of GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT and THE SPINSTER SISTERS

"Magical, strong, and compelling, The Kitchen Daughter asks what is normal, how well do you know your family, and where does grief go? Jael McHenry blends seemingly unmixable ingredients into sustaining answers. I read this book in one satisfying gulp and smiled in comfort when I'd finished this distinctive, nourishing, and wise novel."

– Randy Susan Meyers, author of the international bestseller THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTERS

"Equal parts sweet and savory, THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER by Jael McHenry is a fresh story with all the comforts of home.  Ginny's ability to conjure ghosts while dabbling in family recipes is so touching readers will want to pull up a stool.  A heartwarming debut."

– Lynne Griffin, author of SEA ESCAPE and LIFE WITHOUT SUMMER

"Gorgeously written and uniquely delicious, The Kitchen Daughter follows an endearingly awkward character after tragedy upsets the fragile order of her world. Jael McHenry is a true wordsmith who shines in evoking Ginny's perspective of family and food, her compelling sense of self, and her eventual understanding that you don't have to be like everyone else in order to belong. A feast of words that makes you glad to be a reader."

– Therese Walsh, author of THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY