The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients

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Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781101015650
9781101015698
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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laparesseuse
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.

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BWilsoned
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.

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lisay53
Jul 25, 2016

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

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josiahabarber
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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staceyw
Jul 16, 2013

I only finished this book because it was such an easy read. I never connected with any characters, and even when there were real possibilities of tension and conflict, the writer just glossed over it.

Her writing about food and cooking was fabulous, and it wanted me to try the dishes she taught in class. However, the story fell flat.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 06, 2013

This novel is a delicious read in all senses of the word. Eight students join a cooking class and find themselves drawn into a world of soulful foods, romantic encounters and new friendships. A delightful novel that warms the spirit and makes one want to rush to the kitchen to start cooking.

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carolefort
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

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carolefort
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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