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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister


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What an unexpected little gem. I found this on the shelf of my library while I was searching for something else and found that I liked it much, much more than the other two books I was reading at the same time.
While the story itself is fairly simple, it's the delightful descriptive language that the author uses that really got my attention. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
This novel could best be described as a series of inter-linked short stories about the participants in a cooking class. The writing is good and the stories interesting, but the book was a little light on character and plot development for my taste. Worth reading for the lovely descriptions of cooking and what creativity in the kitchen can bring to your life.l ( )
  LynnB | Sep 30, 2016 |
It inspires you to cook and to love, to wake up and feel flavors, smells, sounds and the people around us. It is healing book. ( )
  ralu1150 | Jul 15, 2016 |
This was a cute book. It was not a super serious read, but did approach some serious topics at some points. I liked the transition between different POV's for each student in the class. The love of food was palpable on the page. There were some great descriptions of cooking. It definitely made me hungry at some points. Personally, I had a soft spot for Antonia as I have spent time in Tuscany and related to the foods she loved best. I also loved Abuelita as I recently read a book on making tacos and am currently on a mission to make my own homemade tortillas. I'd recommend this book if you like food and want to read something that will leave you feeling warm, nourished and probably a little hungry. ( )
  thealtereggo | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Once a month on a Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian's resturant 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, one by one, they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create... (978-0-425-23209-5)
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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 as Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students' lives.… (more)

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