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The School of Essential Ingredients

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Erica Bauermeister

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 … see full wiki

Author: Erica Bauermeister
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Putnam Adult
3 reviews about The School of Essential Ingredients
review by . January 07, 2011
The recipe in Erica Bauermeister's "The School of Essential Ingredients" works on a surface level for those readers who want a quick quasi-mystical look at the power that sensually crafted food exerts on both its preparers and partakers.     Like Tilo from "The Mistress of Spices: A Novel," restaurateur and cooking instructor Lillian cannot only whip up a fluffy soufflĂ©, she can discern missing desire. For each of her broken-hearted students, Lillian can select a particular food …
review by . April 30, 2009
It would be difficult to name a book that has brought me so much pure reading pleasure as this first offering by an author who we will be hearing more from; beyond a doubt! This was simply a pleasing, well crafted and enchanting book. The only complaint I have about the book is that it ended far too soon and I would dearly have loved to know more about Lillian, the main character who absolutely fascinated me.      Our main character in this book, Lillian, is a lady who can cook …
review by . February 10, 2009
This is the story of a cooking class. Through sections told in each character's voice, the reader learns what brought the person to the class, and how the class is changing them. The characters vary in age by as much as fifty years, some are married, some single, some novice cooks and others gourmet, but as with any really special group, they come together over the weekly classes.    We don't know much about Lillian, the teacher and restaurant owner, except for the fact that …
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