Saturday, May 7, 2011

The School of Essential Ingredients by Eria Bauermeister

This book grabbed me from the beginning.  The style of writing is so pleasant you hate to have the book end.  This is a must read fiction for all foodies.

We are first introduced to the main character and quickly learn how she grew into the wonderful person that she is. Then it's a quick walk into a captivating world where the pleasures and particulars of sophisticated food come to mean much more than simple epicurean indulgence.

Respected chef and restaurateur Lillian has spent much of her 30-something years in the kitchen, looking for meaning and satisfaction in evocative, delicious combinations of ingredients. Endeavoring to instill that love and know-how in others, Lillian holds a season of Monday evening cooking classes in her restaurant.

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.   Each student is endearing in their own way and we soon find we care for all of them.

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