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The School of Essential Ingredients

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ISBN13: 9780425232095
ISBN10: 0425232093
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Backpacker, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Backpacker)
"The School of Essential Ingredients" by Erica Bauermeister. Seems that every time I share this book with someone I read it again. I love this book. It is my favorite. Every time I read it I am drawn in and my heart and soul are touched as if it were the first time. I had the privilege to have had Erica as one of my coffee customers at The Vault Coffee Shop. Her sweetness, beautiful countenance and adorable wit kept her as one of my all time favorites. Rumor has it that they are making a movie of the book. Oh what I would give to have a role! She writes with tenderness, humor, insight and a clarity that takes your breath away! Can't wait to pick up a copy of her new book "Joy For Beginners"!
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Anita Orlowski, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Anita Orlowski)
Keeps you engaged with the colorful cooking scenes, the people seem so mainstream until she forces you to go deeper to find the unique & beautiful things about each life. This book made me stop and check my heart multiple times for the real experiences of the characters, and what it meant to the rest of their lives.
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Teresa Borden, October 3, 2010 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
Most of the disparate yet somewhat interconnected stories were conveyed fairly seamlessly in this sumptuous tale of lives changed by learning about and experiencing the preparation, sensual delight and transformative power of food. I was drawn in by some of the characters' life stories; they moved me.

Something about the whole, though, just didn't click with me overall and I was left wanting more details about both the individuals' lives and the context of their transformation. I would recommend it as a light, delicious read but not as a substantive meal.
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schaeffer , April 27, 2010 (view all comments by schaeffer )
Everyone should read such a book. It encouraged me to step away from the withdrawn life I was living, and join activities I had avoided.
It's a keeper--one I have recommended often.
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Sally Tebbet, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Sally Tebbet)
Food is as much a character as any person in this first novel by Erica Bauermeister. This is a story of a cooking school, its teacher and her students. A seemingly simple premise becomes layer on layer of stories, exploring the individuals in the class and their relationship with one another and with the knowledge they take from simply cooking, savoring and eating good food.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425232095
Author:
Bauermeister, Erica
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.26x5.48x.69 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this remarkable debut, Bauermeister creates a captivating world where the pleasures and particulars of sophisticated food come to mean much more than simple epicurean indulgence. Respected chef and restaurateur Lillian has spent much of her 30-something years in the kitchen, looking for meaning and satisfaction in evocative, delicious combinations of ingredients. Endeavoring to instill that love and know-how in others, Lillian holds a season of Monday evening cooking classes in her restaurant. The novel takes up the story of each of her students, navigating readers through the personal dramas, memories and musings stirred up as the characters handle, slice, chop, blend, smell and taste. Each student's affecting story — painful transitions, difficult choices — is rendered in vivid prose and woven together with confidence. Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister's tale of food and hope is certain to satisfy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] series of pearl-like vignettes stretched out along a narrative string. Anchoring the tales of these divergent individuals is their common participation in a cooking class."
"Review" by , "[R]eads like a yummy bedtime story, with agreeable characters and dreamy dishes."
"Review" by , "[Bauermeister's] cooking descriptions...will compel readers to hit the farmers market and run for the kitchen."
"Synopsis" by , Eight students gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen.
"Synopsis" by , A "heartbreakingly delicious" national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life.

Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect...

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian's soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.

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