The School of Essential Ingredients

October 25, 2010

The School of Essential Ingredients
By: Erica Bauermeister
255 Pages

Lillian owns her own restaurant and one Monday a month holds a cooking class in it, The School of Essential Ingredients. Meet her students for this session and get a glimpse into their lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not a page turner in the usual sense, but I couldn't wait to pick it back up whenever I had to put it down. Each chapter is devoted to a student, and a brief glimpse into their lives. Some of their stories are heart warming, touching, and heartbreaking. Others were less interesting. But throughout each chapter the class is making something and I couldn't help but wish I was picking everything up through osmosis, or something.

I always love reading books that having cooking or baking as a central character. I live vicariously through the story and, for the time I am reading the book, feel like I'm a better cook than before I started. The main character, Lillian, is supposed to be in her 30s, but my mind refused that. The way I interpreted her was in her 50s or 60s. She had that motherly knowledge of who needed what and when that comes with age.

This book would be a perfect read for a rainy day or a long car trip. I can see myself re-reading this book again in the future.

Rating: Buy It/Borrow It


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on October 26, 2010 at 2:12 AM said...

This sounds lovely! And oh, what a beautiful cover!

Jen on October 26, 2010 at 8:06 AM said...

The cover is what caught my eye first. How could a book with that cover not be good, right? It was a lovely read.

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