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The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell'Antonia
Contemporary fiction

The Chicken Sisters

by KJ Dell'Antonia

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Estranged sisters find themselves on opposite sides of Food Wars in this entertaining story of family and fried food.

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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?

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The Chicken Sisters

The hit TFC series Food Wars is back! And this time, it’s personal. We’re looking for rival restaurants with a deeper connection—married chefs, best friends with dueling taco trucks. If you’re a restaurant owner or worker who shares a bond with the crew at a competing restaurant in your town, we want to hear from you.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase your food on TV, expose your brand to a national audience, and finally resolve, once and for all, who’s the best at serving up your local specialty. Food Wars judges will vote on who provides the best dining experience, the best menu, and, of course, the most delicious, most authentic version of whatever it is you do, and it will all be shared live via social media and then on produced episodes of our show. The winner will be awarded $100,000 to invest in their business. Past victors have franchised and been offered lucrative product-branding opportunities.

To be considered for the show, both restaurants must be willing and enthusiastic about participating and must be available for up to five possibly nonconsecutive days of filming. Applicants should e-mail no more than 300 words describing the rivalry and relationship between your competing restaurants, along with some images that capture the scene. We need to locate our next competitors RIGHT AWAY, so drop us a line ASAP! Sabrinasky@thefoodchannel.com

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Why I love it

2020 has changed us all. In time we’ll look back and analyze just how much, but there’s one thing I already know and that is that this year—with its isolation and confusion—has made me crave laughter. It has made me ravenous for comedy that rests squarely on real emotion and insight into all that is absurd in our world. The Chicken Sisters, filled with hijinks, community, and just the right amount of inward contemplation, was the perfect bite of humor and drama to satisfy my craving.

The book masterfully turns a spotlight on what’s most ridiculous about our social media-fueled definitions of ourselves. What better way to examine our ability to connect with others and with our own selves than a story about sisters? Mae and Amanda have grown up in the middle of a century-long family feud over two fried chicken restaurants. Their childhoods were the collateral damage of that war and they’ve both found ways to bury it and survive. Or so they believe, until one of them decides to throw it all open in front of reality TV cameras on a cooking competition show called Food Wars.

Dell’Antonia manages to make Mae and Amanda every one of us, tied up in the intense conditioning of our upbringing, held together by it, but also fighting to break away and see who we are outside the comfort and pain it provides. Along the way she urges us to lighten up and to separate the noise from the voice of our hearts—a true gift to help process this unprecedented year.

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Member ratings (3,507)

  • Kathy S.

    Franklin, TN

    I was in the mood for a feel good book and this one did the trick. Still plenty of family drama and a look at how harsh reality shows really can be behind the scenes. I would definitely recommend!

  • Ashley F.

    Goose Creek, SC

    I loved this book. It was full of heart, angst, and tension but ended beautifully. A book about family with a cup of reality tv, a sprinkle of secrets, and a splash a romance....definitely a 5 ⭐️ read

  • Shakira C.

    Fall River, MA

    I would not describe this book as "Romance" or "LOL." However, it was heartfelt and I liked seeing this family go through a healing process. Also,I❤???? Warning tape: cursing, homosexuality, transgender

  • Tami P.

    Roseville, MN

    Thoroughly enjoyed this story of feuding chicken restaurants with a strong underlying family drama. Swings back and forth between moments that are tender and funny and those that squeeze your heart❤️

  • Amanda B.

    Hollywood, MD

    I love books about family drama so of course I loved this! I loved the ending because it ends with a meaningful message about family. Wish I ignored the bad reviews & didn’t wait so long to read this.

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