Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer Reading List :: The School of Essential Ingredients

The fourth book in my Summer Reading Series is one my mom came upon, and she even got to go to a book signing by the author, Erica Bauermeister.

This is a great book that really hits on the emotion of food. A fictional novel, The School of Essential Ingredients follows the lives of eight students who gather every Monday night for cooking class. A young mother struggling with the demands of her family; an Italian kitchen designer learning to adapt to life in America; a widower mourning the loss of his wife to breast cancer; and more. Chef Lillian helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students’ lives. One by one the students are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of Lillian’s food.

"Brought together by the power of food and companionship, the lives of the characters mingle and intertwine, united by the revealing nature of what can be created in the kitchen."

It's a lovely read that will leave you smiling from chapter to chapter!


  1. Sounds pretty good!
    You know, fiction novels like this let you into the people "around" you without being real. I bet people in my office are as diverse as the book characters; I'm just not open enough to them to know their situations.
    Does it read like short stories or like one big pot of delicious?

  2. This does sound like a good one! I don't read a lot of fiction, but this one sounds very unique.

  3. This sounds like a great book! I've got a stack of books waiting to be read, but maybe I'll skip ahead to this one!