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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
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Nov 29, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

This was a great book. It's the kind of book you need to read when you're in a reading rut, which when reading constantly is a requirement of your job happens often. The School of Essential Ingredients is a good pick for foodies but it's really a great pick for anyone. The book starts out with Lillian's story and how she began to cook and why, this leads to present day where Lillian owns her own restaurant and offers a cooking class once a month on Monday nights. So the book moves along each cooking class experience being narrated by one of the people who signed up while talking about what happened in the class they also reflect back on their lives and what brought them to sign up for class. I think each reader will find something they relate to in each chapter whether its the mom who has lost herself in her family, the once independent woman who often finds herself lost in her memories or the older couple who seem so happy but perhaps there's more than meets the eye. Through each cooking class the characters unlock something inside themselves as a specific recipe calls to them. It's a quick and fulfilling read and will leave you wanting to know more about each of the characters you met and it'll leave you hungry after reading about all the delicious food they make.
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