The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2009
Description: 240 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780399155437
Branch Call Number: Baue


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camadult Sep 25, 2018

Every Monday night, Lillian holds a cooking class in her restaurant. Her eight students each seek a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. Their stories unfold as Lillian helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand into the secret corners of their lives.

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Jul 06, 2020

Local author. Quick read. Delightful characters. Interesting plot. While my high school English teacher would have loved the profusion of similes, I found them annoying and distracting.

Oct 28, 2018

Quite far outside my usual reads but rather delightful. Quick warm and a little bit delicious!

Dec 11, 2016

A cozy and comforting winter read

wendybird Nov 24, 2016

This is a book so reminiscent of Joanne Harris's Chocolat, in tone and feel, I was just delighted. It contains the same elements - long descriptive passages lovingly devoted to food and wine, concentration on love and life as experienced through food, and some pixie dust tossed in to let it all end on the upside. If you are looking for a realistic, fast paced, gritty item, The School is most definitely not for you. If you are looking for a warm, cozy, pour-a-glass-of wine curl up book - this is a good choice.

Oct 31, 2016

This book is about so much more than a cooking class, of course. Bauermeister's prose is luscious to read and the characters' stories made me alternately cry and laugh. You can open to any page in the book and find amazing excerpts:
"from the bottle into the espresso, lingering there lazy and relaxed, two ounces of secrets waiting in the bottom of a bowl the size of his hand."
"While the egg yolks cooled, he directed the beaters at the egg whites, setting the mixer on a high speed that sent small bubbles giggling to the side of the bowl. . . "
This book is replete with wonderful descriptions of lives, loves, and food.

Jul 25, 2016

I like how the author relates food and cooking to various student's lives. The characters were interesting and diverse.

May 27, 2016

When I started reading, I was not anticipating this book world break reach character into a short story, effectively a profile of each student. Fun, quick read.

samdog123 Mar 14, 2015

An enjoyable read. A cooking class at Lillian's restaurant brings out many memories for all participants, some good and not so good. But, there is healing and resolution. Each character is added to the story like ingredients to a recipe. There is a sequel--The Lost Art of Mixing.

JCLKinsleyR Apr 02, 2014

Introduces several characters and develops them just enough to leave you with incomplete and hanging story lines. You want success and love and hope for the characters but this book leaves you questioning.

Bettiea1755 Feb 06, 2014

Un petit bijou de livre. Je l'ai également écouté (livre audio) et je l'ai référé maintes fois à de la clientèle biblio. et/ou autres qui l'ont tous adoré comme moi.

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Jul 11, 2011

"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...Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister's tale of food and hope is certain to satisfy." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Jul 11, 2011

"The School of Essential Ingredients is a delicate, meltingly lovely hymn to food and friendship...You'll want to tuck yourself into one warm corner of it and stay all day." MARISA DE LOS SANTOS, author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me

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