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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
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Dec 07, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Publisher
Recommended for: many folks especially readers of Like Water for Chocolate
Read in December, 2008 , read count: 1

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (9780399155437, $24.95, January 2009, Fiction, Putnam) is absolutley charming and Bauermeister's writing is chock full of beautiful metaphors.

On Monday nights, Lillian closes her restaurant to customers and opens her arms to the students of her cooking class. Not one to depend on recipes, Lillian opens her students eyes, hearts and minds by concentrating on each ingredient as a guest at the table to be admired and enjoyed and paired with other interesting "friends". Bauermeister lays out this delectable spread one student at a time, giving voice to the sometimes subltle and sometimes dramatic ways the class has changed their outlook on life.
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