My Mini Thoughts

You know those stories where you understand where both parties are coming from?  This is one of them!  I enjoyed both Amanda and Mae’s characters and how the chapters alternated between their different point of views.  This book is about more than trying to win Food Wars.  It’s more than trying to figure out who has the best chicken in the small Kansas town.  While that is the basis of the book, this story dives into the issues of what bonds and breaks a family.

Mae left the small town life and made a name for herself in the big city.  Unfortunately the company she works for doesn’t see her vision which turns out to be a blessing in disguise.  She’s also at a crossroads with her husband Jay.  While she’s not thrilled to return to her hometown, Mae is excited that being on Food Wars may be the jump start she needs to get back to television.

Amanda didn’t know when she married Frank Pogociello she was choosing a side, the opposite side of her mom and sister.  After Frank died, she became even closer to her mother-in-law working at Chicken Frannie’s.  However working in a restaurant is not her true passion, drawing is.

Both sisters are trying to find their way in life while competing in Food Wars.  Secrets are revealed, difficult decisions are made, and family feuds are at an all time high in this delightful read about finding your way home and discovering what matters most.

Thank you to author KJ Dell’Antonia and Putnam Books for the ARC! Grab your copy June 30, 2020!

Book Rating: 4/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2016.

Goodreads Synopsis

In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state–and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire. . .

The last thing Brooklyn-based organizational guru Mae Moore, Amanda’s sister, wants is to go home to Kansas. But when her career implodes, Food Wars becomes her chance to step back into the limelight. Mae is certain she can make the fading Mimi’s look good–even if that pits her against Amanda and Frannie’s. With a greedy producer stoking the flames, their friendly rivalry quickly turns into a game of chicken. Yet when family secrets become public knowledge, the sisters must choose: Will they fight with each other, or for their heritage?