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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

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Started off strong with an interesting view of food and a mother/daughter relationship but gradually fizzled to a disappointing ending. ( )
  andsoitgoes | May 22, 2017 |
This character-driven tale was interesting, up to a point. Lillian owns a restaurant, and has an unusual cooking school. We meet some interesting people in this current class of would-be chefs. In a series of flashbacks, we learn a bit about their past. But that is where the novel is lacking. We never really get to know any of these characters in any depth. And we know little of what they hope for the future. Lillian does present the importance of food in a very interesting manner, but again, it could have been better developed. Just when I was hoping for more, the book ended. In this case, "leave them wanting more" was not good for this novel. ( )
1 vote Maydacat | Apr 3, 2017 |
The only thing that kept it from being a 3 star book were the over-the-top similes that had me rolling my eyes. Otherwise, a good book that would have been even better if it included recipes! ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
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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Lillian loved best the moment before she turned on the lights.
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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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