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The School of Essential Ingredients


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ISBN13: 9780425232095
ISBN10: 0425232093
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steviemalcolmsson, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by steviemalcolmsson)
Set in our own Pacific Northwest.....a chef teaches more than just'll read this one with relish!
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steviemalcolmsson, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by steviemalcolmsson)
Set in our own Pacific Northwest.....a chef teaches more than just'll read this one with relish!
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emmejo, May 7, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
Once a month, the back of Lillian's restaurant becomes a cooking school. 8 very different people end up learning together, not just about food, but themselves and each other.

As one would guess from reading the back of this book, it is a trite, feel-good, happily-ever-after sort of affair. Few of the characters are particularly interesting, and we all know that they will neatly sort out the kinks and bumps in their life's road by the end of the book.

The writing was okay, a bit overblown and excitable, but that goes with the genre. It was a quick, easy read, but would probably best suit a reader less cynical than myself.
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mymichy, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by mymichy)
My mom read it and mailed it to me. She was right, I couldn't put it down and found myself wishing for more....more stories and more meals. The School of Essential Ingredients re-sparked my love for reading. It's been a long time since I've read a book that 1) made me want to meet new people, and actually share in their lives, 2) break out a cook book, dash to the grocery store, and create an unforgettable meal, and 3) buy copies and pass them around.
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anderson.stephen49, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by anderson.stephen49)
Great end of summer read...perfect for entering a bountiful fall harvest season!
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Bauermeister, Erica
Berkley Publishing Group
Contemporary Women
Literature-Contemporary Women
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8.26x5.48x.69 in. .53 lbs.
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Product details 272 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425232095 Reviews:
"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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