Jennifer Ryan on her new book The Kitchen Front
What's in a Page: Jennifer Ryan on the very necessary snacks of The Kitchen Front
Thanks to her latest novel, Jennifer Ryan knows more than you could imagine about wartime cooking. The author, who originally hails from Kent and London, crafted a story about a cooking contest, run by the BBC's wartime cooking program, built entirely around food rations. The winner will become the first-ever female cohost of the TV program The Kitchen Front, so four women decide to enter the cured-meat-heavy fray. Here, Ryan answers EW's burning book questions to tell us about the inspiration behind the novel and, of course, all of the delicious (and inventive) meals that went into her writing.
JENNIFER RYAN: The first writing I remember clearly is at the age of 11. One weekend, I watched one of my father's favorite movies, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It obviously made an impression because the following week at school, when we were given a list of titles to choose from for a descriptive essay, I selected "The Sunset," already knowing what I wanted …
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