The School of Essential Ingredients

Posted on October 1, 2010. Filed under: Fiction |

The School of Essential Ingredients is a first novel written by Erica Bauermeister.

The story follows a group of eight people who gather once a month on Monday evenings for a cooking class in the kitchen of Lillian’s Restaurant. In spite of the diverse range in age and life experiences, they are brought together by the power of food and companionship. The food is routine; white cake, pasta with red sauce, Thanksgiving dinner with a twist, fondue and tiramisu. As each student steps into the world of colors, tastes, and smells, memories surface. Their lives come together with the nature of what they create. The cooking begins a journey of discovery with the preparation of ‘essential ingredients’ into dishes with personality.  They come away with a recipe for their lives beyond the kitchen. The author describes food and cooking skillfully and still is able to develop each character into someone special.

A friend recommended this book to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I expect I will again. It is a food novel with ideas, but not recipes.  However, as a foodie, I am happy to say the recipes are on the authors’ web page.

-posted by Marilyn Clay

This book will be available at Oakton’s Library by the end of the month.

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