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The Ingredients of Us

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Hardcover, 298 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read or bake ?!
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.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ingredients of Us is a very unique book - I really enjoyed it! Not only does it have a great story with drool worthy recipes mixed in, it has a very unique timeline, alternating from before an event occurs and after that event occurs. The characters are all very real - this story could be about your next door neighbors, or coworkers. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author!
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing introducing this amazing new author and allowing me an early peek at her work. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! The first page drew me in and each page thereafter kept me glued. Jennifer Gold pours so much into her pages. The characters are struggling with extremely difficult period in their marriage - loss, betrayal, trust. The author creates the book in chapters of time.....before she knew.....3 months after she found out......1 week before she knew... ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ingredients of Us is one of the most unique books I have ever read. The story switches back and forth from the date Elle discovers her husband, Tom, has been cheating on her….. after the date and then before the date. The story falls into place easily but the telling is so unique! Elle is a baker, and sprinkled generously throughout the book are her recipes which are also unique. Each recipe tells a story that is part of Elle’s love of baking. I enjoyed each and every recipe! I think about G ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cookbook/love story with humor,tears, friendship and fears and oh so many wonderful recipes to make, all rolled and cooked into one delicious novel.
Elle is a bakery owner. This has always been a dream come true.
When she and her husband split up, how will Elle move forward? This was not part of her plan.
Elle's creations in the kitchen depend on her moods:
Sweet vs sour, good memories vs bad memories all create different delectable goods.

This is an interesting debut story told from past
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This contemporary women's fiction takes us through the relationship between the main character and her husband and has before and after timelines of a cheating discovery and what may have brought it about. The character's need for healing and making decisions is found through her love of baking and through her friends and also tying some recipes to past events. The ending leaves one wondering if forgiveness will happen and the possibility of being friends again. That is left up the reader, I thi ...more
Louetta Waters
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story about Elle, a successful baker who is married to Tom who may have been unfaithful, The book goes back and forth, very successfully, through their love story. To deal with his infidelity, Ellie bakes out her emotions and gifts us with quirky named wonderful recipes like: Turn Something Sour into Something Sweet with Lemon Curd Tarts or Lovers’ Lazy Morning Coffee Cake. There were points I didn't know whether to read the book or bake...but reading this wonderful story is ...more
Stephanie (Littlebookpage)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just as Elle’s bakery is starting to grow her marriage begins to crumble. After discovering her husband is having an affair Elle takes a deep look into her life and marriage. Baking thru her emotions is how she heals herself but has her passion for it also been the downfall of her marriage? Through self reflection, memories and and a overflowing binder of her personal recipes, Elle must face the possibilities that her marriage is over and begin a future she hadn’t imagined for herself. Jennifer ...more
E. Kramer
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Ingredients of Us" is just like the pastries it features: Sweet, comforting, and absolutely delicious! It's the perfect weekend read (I devoured it in only three days!), and when I was done, I found myself sincerely missing the main character, Elle, and all of the ups and downs she faced as a woman running a small business and navigating a complicated love life. I highly recommend this book and eagerly await whatever's next from Jennifer Gold!
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Recipe From a Debut Author. This story uses dates rather than chapter numbers, which can be a bit confusing but clearly establishes when each event is taking place. As a story, it works well to show the full cycle of a marriage and all of the messiness that goes into it.

The one quibble I have as a childfree person is that the author never allows Elle, the main character, to truly be comfortable with what she knows about herself.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They say that the way to a person's heart is through their stomach. This book deliciously connected emotions and food. It tells the story of a marriage, from the beginning to the end. The recipes included deeply and cleverly evoke the emotions that the characters are experiencing. I loved the characters and their messy issues. A delicious, sweet, complex confection of a book!
Cathy Garrison
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story of love between two people and the insecurities of one that create the perfect recipe for betrayal. Elle and Tom have to face the fact that the missing ingredients of their relationship are necessary. Throughout the story there are the recipes for each emotion and every situation. This is a baker’s perfect book!
Pam Fleming
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Received this book as an ARC. Bakery owner Elle’s marriage to Tom, has hot a stale point after Elle realizes Tom has had an affair. The author cleverly switches between present time and nine years back in time when Elle and Tom first met. The breaking point in the marriage also spells doom for the opening of a second bakery for Elle and her business partner and best friend Bonnie. The book contains delicious comfort recipes destined for a time in life when things are going well. A super sweet re ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first chapter. The only thing that was different was how the chapters jumped back and forth. That aside I couldn’t put the book down. I loved how there are recipes included as a cookbook addict this really appealed to me. This story was about Tom and Elle but was just as much about Elle’s friend and business partner Bonnie and her husband Charlie. I look forward to reading more by this author. I was given an arc for an honest review, my honest review is the book is really r ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Elle and Tom, their marriage and lives before and after their marriage pulled me in right away and made me want to know more about them. I eagerly read chapter after chapter of their lives, before Elle knew, after Elle knew and way before she knew.

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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Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, great read! It was hard to keep up with at first when bouncing back and forth between years, but once I got a few chapters in, it was easy to decipher where you were if you stopped in the middle of a chapter (like I often have to do). I loved the story line, it was very realistic and relatable to anyone who has had to go through what Elle, the main character, went through. Love, happiness, shock, heartbreak, Lonnie’s, self-doubt, anger, and self-assurance, and forgiveness wrapped up in ...more
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Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a book that isn’t afraid to have a flawed heroine. Elle owns a successful bakery, but her personal life is a mess. The book jumps back and forth between the early years of her relationship with her husband and the time following a major turning point in their relationship. The time shifts allow the reader to see that Elle initially holds herself blameless in how things have worked out, when in fact, there is a lot more to the problem than she realizes. The author uses the secondary charac ...more
Alisha Collins
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ingredients of Us by Jennifer Gold was a wonderful read by a new to me author.
Thoroughly enjoyed this well written story with wonderful recipes mixed in that go wonderfully with the story and make your mouth water at the same time. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Maci Romero
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It shows the struggle with marriages and how people do things without even knowing. I can’t wait to see if there’s a second one!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a pastry chef in another life I was happy to find recipes woven into this delight of a debut novel by Jennifer Gold. I enjoyed the way the time line skipped back and forth and forth again while telling the story of Elle and Tom. It was a very unique approach and I felt it easier to get a sense of the love story between them. I also enjoyed how realistic and authentic the relationship felt between Elle and Tom, her mother ( and father) as well as her friend and business partner Bonnie and husb ...more
Andrea Hurst
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ingredients of Us
Jennifer Gold

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.

Andrea Hurst
Author of The Guestbook

Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a new author for me, recommended by an author I follow. The story follows Elle and Tom and the story of their marriage. Elle runs a successful bakery. Tom wants to start a family. Therein lies the conflict. Tom was putting up the down payment for a second bakery. That is, until they separated due to Tom's possible infidelity. Elle deals with stress by baking. Throughout the book were delightful recipes with quirky names to connect them to life events. Although some of the directions migh ...more
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nicole Meier
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Jennifer Gold's debut and I adored it! Two parts sweet and one part sentimental, this engaging story of a young woman and her journey towards self-discovery is a delight! And who doesn't love a book with mouth-watering baking recipes sprinkled throughout? Yum!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was thoughtful and presented in an interesting timeline. Elle is a successful baker who finds out her husband has not been faithful. The story weaves from present to past telling the love story of Elle and Tom. As the story unfolds, I love how Jennifer Gold creatively infuses personalities and emotions into the baked creations Ells creates. Throughout the story are the themes of love and friendship. What stood our to me most was how accurately Gold writes about the critical inner-voic ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delicious novel! The Ingredients of Us creates the best of food fiction: the intoxicating atmosphere of bakery life and a main character who navigates her life by baking treats that make your mouth water. Recipes are shared with more than the typical ingredients; thoughts on life and love intersperse with the recipe steps. Alongside this, Gold weaves captivating story of a marriage with all its exhilarating ups and devastating downs. The non-linear storyline, which never confuses, keeps the re ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I thought the book was good. It dragged a little bit during the chapters of the “before”. I enjoy books about bakeries/baking and loved the recipes throughout the book. I was not a fan of Tom or Charlie’s character for that matter. The author did a nice job on the character development and it was easy to like Elle and Bonnie and showing the relationship they had.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC of the book. This review is in my own words.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good story, with enough recipes to make your mouth water. The main character can get a little neurotic, but I think it could easily happen to anyone in her shoes. The book jumps around, a lot-each chapter is a different time in Ella & Tom’s relationship-but after a few chapters I got used to it. I really enjoyed the ending.
*FYI-there were a couple scenes/some language I wasn’t expecting...I was able to skim over while still enjoying the rest of the story
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent debut novel with a cross between a marriage on the rocks and a cookbook! The two woman running the bakery become fast friends and lean on each other in good times and in bad. A marriage on the rocks is thrown into the mix and many emotional ups and downs throughout. Add in excellent mouth watering recipes and this all makes for a wonderful page turner.
Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing, the author and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. The above review is my hon
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Jennifer Gold believes love is sweet and life is messy, which is probably why she has a passion for writing about the relationships of career-focused women. When she’s not writing books, Gold spends time with her witty husband, sassy horse, and two snuggly cats. Gold holds a master’s degree in writing and lives in Washington State.


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