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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

  • Apr 29, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Susan Swyhart

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. 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 novel takes up the story of each of her students, navigating readers through the personal dramas, memories and musings stirred up as the characters handle, slice, chop, blend, smell and taste. Each student's affecting story—painful transitions, difficult choices—is rendered in vivid prose and woven together with confidence. Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister's tale of food and hope is certain to satisfy.

(Jan.)



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  • Brenda H.

    Our Cindy has done it again. Chosen a book that was warm and intelligent that everyone seemed to enjoy. Good discussion and yummy food too.

    April 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely evening with friends, good food and great discussion

    April 30, 2014

  • Melanie

    Hate to say it because I really enjoyed the book but I can't make it either.

    April 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the book, crazy busy week, so I won't make it :(

    April 28, 2014

  • Fran

    What I have been reading of the book is very good,. As usual it's crazy at work and I won't be able to make it to the meeting. Hope to see you the next time around.

    April 27, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    I'll try to make something that goes with the book although nothing I make will compare to the decadence of her recipes.

    April 23, 2014

  • Brenda H.

    Halfway through the book and I want to eat everything they make, even the peanut butter toast. I think I'll go make a slice right now!

    April 23, 2014

  • Jeanne B.

    I am finally in Fla. with my friend and we are going to the mayo clinic in Jacksonville so she can get a second opinion on the treatment.

    April 23, 2014

  • Elisa

    Won't be able to make! Have to go to a prek registration that night at 630! Loved the book thought!

    April 23, 2014

  • Cindy O

    I wish I could bring crabs but I will bring the next best thing crab dip and crackers

    April 21, 2014

  • Laura H.

    Perfect book! I will be bringing the tiramisu.

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved this Book!

    November 29, 2013

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