The Ingredients of Us
From debut author Jennifer Gold comes a delicious novel about the sweet and sour ingredients of life and love.
Elle, an accomplished baker, has a recipe for every event in her life. But when she discovers her husband’s infidelity, she doesn’t know what to make of it. Jam, maybe? Definitely jam.
Fed up with the stale crumbs of her marriage, Elle revisits past recipes and...more
He physically cheats on her around the start of their 9th anniversary and continues thereafter. So, does he just miscount the years? Does he say eight because during the year leading up to the 9th, he's been in some form or another unfaithful to Elle? Is "V" even his first affair? or did he cheat the 1st yr? (hide spoiler)]
Elle is a well-known baker, and all her best memories are tied to food. We meet her as she finds out her husband is cheating, which understandably rocks her world.
Elle can look at a recipe for scones and connect it to a memory about her father’s death. She can bake cinnamon rolls and think of when she first dated her husband. Don’t we all tie some of the best, and most challenging, times of our lives to food? I know I certainly do. Food and music.
This is the story of Elle and Tom's marriage. Elle owns a bakery shop with her best friend. She has recently discovered her husband of almost nine years has been having an affair. The story is cleverly told through chapters of Before Elle found out and After Elle found out.
We slowly begin to learn about Elle's marriage throughout each of the chapter ...more
I am so thrilled to share my debut novel with you!
The idea for this book came out of my time as a baker. While I was in college, I worked part-time in a café making pastries, cookies, cakes—the whole nine. While the job was much less technical than what you might see on the Great British Baking Show, I came away from the experience with a zillion great recipes, better home-baking techniques, and most importantly, the inspiration for “The Ingredients of Us.”
One of the most profound ...more
If you enjoy novels centred around daily life where the plot is relatively 'normal' and doesn't really go anywhere aside from exploring a specific topic or event, check this one out. I know that description may not make this story sound appealing but I do know that there are readers out there that enjoy novels based on everyday life. I would consider this novel a 'slice of life' story where it explores an event, what lead up to that event, and the aftermath of that event.
Personally, at ...more
The Ingredients of Us is a savory novel about infidelity, insecurities and being yourself. With an added bonus, recipes are sprinkled throughout the book which mirror events or emotions in Elle’s life. The timeline might be bothersome as it skips from present to past. For example, some of the chapters are labeled: Four months before Elle found out, Over six years before Elle found out, Over six weeks after Elle found out, etc. The characters aren’t always likable but this is ...more
Jennifer Gold, Author of "The Ingredients of Us" has written a delicious, delightful, entertaining, and emotional novel. In addition to the novel are the most amazing recipes for desserts of all kinds. The Genres for this novel are Domestic Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Fiction. The timeline of the story is in the present and goes back nine years when it pertains to the characters or event ...more
That was my dilemma in reading this yummy book !
The story of Elle and Tom and their marriage is told as before and after ! These were well written characters a surrounded by these delicious recipes !
A great book by this author who will forever be on my TBR list.
To be honest the recipes were just o ...more
I honestly don't know where to begin, but let's start with the writing. It's surprisingly strong and evocative, definitely packs a strong punch that cuts rig ...more
This is a story about a married couple, Elle and Tom, and their minced up marriage. The alternating time line this story is written in takes the reader back and forth from the present date and their struggles to the past in which the couple meets and events in between. There are tantalizing and life meaning recipes mixed into the story that relate to the current status of the relatio ...more
Her steadfast friend, employee and co-owner Bonnie and her husband Charlie were just as important to the story and easily as likable as Elle and Tom. I loved this story and waited impatiently, wondering how things would turn out.
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"Here's something life doesn't give you: a recipe. You have to make it ...more
This impressive debut novel by Jennifer Gold blends together exquisite writing with a delectable plot. The insightful and honest character development is complimented by the luscious descriptions of her bakery delights. The author brilliantly interconnects Elle’s baking with her current emotions, aptly displayed when she channels her bitterness into a sweet lemon tart. All in all, a truly satisfying read.
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Told in a dual timeline, the book follows the couple as they meet and as they go through some hella troubles. Elle is a baker and following a recipe is her therapy. She has a recipe for eve ...more
A delicious debut novel from Jennifer Gold. Perfect summer read and when you are done, you will have a few yummy dessert recipes!
This book goes back and forth in time, effortlessly from Elle and Tom’s courtship till their present troubles. Anyone who has ever dealt with insecurities in your self or a relationship, will see yourself in Elle. Tom, is searching for something also.
The recipes described follow the storyline completely along with the references of food describing certain ...more
if you found out your partner of many years was cheating on you, would you simply hypothesise inside your own mind why they did it and never actually ask them any details?
absolutely flabbergasted by the character of tom, breaking up his first marriage because he wanted babies to breaking up his second marriage AND CHEATING because he wanted babies, congratulations on successfully writing a bad character
my review from my book group of two people:
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The Ingredients of Us by Jennifer Gold is right up my alley. Basically. if there’s a fiction book that centers around baking, I’m down to read it. A tale of adultery that centers around baking & recipes interwoven into the couple’s life really speaks to me. Usually, books that involve baking are fairly upbeat & magical. As I read the synopsis for Gold’s debut, I’m intrigu ...more
The Ingredients of Us by Jennifer Gold
**I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
I really wanted to love this book after all the hype about it on social media. The dual timelines were absolute confusion. It’s one thing to jump to ‘before’ and ‘after’ and event, but this timeline would jump to years before, days after, months before, etc. I almost needed a notebook to keep track of where we were at in the story. W ...more
The premise of a baker (my FAVORITE) navigating how to deal with her husband’s infidelity and the unraveling of her marriage was intriguing to me, and I liked the whole bakery part of the book. However, one thing I forgot about is how difficult it is for me when there are recipes in books because ...more
I thought that this title was going to be an empowering, “How Stella got her groove back” but with pastries. Which is an awesome premise and made me want to put on my "napron". However, that’s not what this was. Instead it was a dual timeline tale about the good times and how both people in a marriage can tear it asunder. The reason I thought it was going to be an empowering tale about healing after heart ...more
Elle owns her own bakery and has been baking for her entire life. She bakes when she's depressed and she bakes when she's happy - baking is her personal ...more
And the ending? I won't spoil it even though it broke another rule. BUT ... it was such a complete, ...more
Gold's writing flows well and is easy to follow. It's not overly descriptive but it's laced with emotions; she really knows how to make readers feel what her characters are going through. I enjoyed the recipes that were la ...more
When she’s not writing, you can find her sipping coffee, enjoying the outdoors, or curled ...more