The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

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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.
 

About Erica Bauermeister

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ERICA BAUERMEISTER is the author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners. She lives in Seattle with her family.
 
Published January 20, 2009 by Berkley. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For instance, one character introduces herself, ridiculously, by saying, “before you start cooking with me, I should tell you, I am losing my way, these days.” No worries: Lillian will assuredly give her and the rest of the class some direction, and Bauermeister guides each individual’s story alo...

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Book Reporter

When she was a little girl, Lillian discovered the power of food to bring people back to themselves.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The School of Essential Ingre...

Suite 101

Find out how this delightful novel by Erica Bauermeister will give you a new appreciation for cooking and good food.

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Suite 101

When people are first introduced to creating their lives they get very excited.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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.

Jan 19 2009 | Read Full Review of The School of Essential Ingre...

Australian Women Online

Bauermeister’s novel showcases eight culinary students of one particular class – and presents them almost as the ingredients of a greater dish, swiping a hungry finger into each character’s life to lead us to this very moment – to the very reason they have started cooking lessons – and how these ...

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Library Journal

In her first novel, Bauermeister (coauthor, 500 Great Books by Women) crafts a charming story of eight students who come together in a cooking class to find that their learning extends far beyond the boundaries of the kitchen.

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