A nice continuation from The School of Essential Ingredients that puts the finishing touches on the story.
"In this sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients, restaurant owner Lillian is prepared for anything that the food business could throw at her -- it's what happens outside the restaurant that provides unexpected challenges. The same goes for a circle of her friends, co-workers, and regulars in this collection of linked stories. Each chapter offers the story of a different character (many from the earlier book) navigating a different obstacle, from failed relationships to a fast-failing memory. "Warm, funny, and deeply comforting," says Booklist of this charming, tasty treat." Fiction A to Z November 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/db59618e-900d-441b-8220-a86a6dd9f532?postId=d745eccd-79f6-4b11-92a4-f68911009eb9
All over the place. I was hoping this picked up where the School of Essential Ingredients left off, but it just introduced a bunch of new characters and told a barely interwoven tale of their lives. Had I really wanted to follow this story I should have taken notes, instead I listened and truly, I zoned out a lot.
Really enjoyed this book! Well written, loved the way the characters' lives intertwined, will definitely look for others by this author.
This is the follow up to one of my previous loves, "The School of Essential Ingredients." This was just as lovely as that was. Kind of like being curled up with a blanket, drinking tea, which is exactly what I did while I devoured it. Comfort reading.
Nice story, but I didn't like it as much as The School of Essential Ingredients. There seemed to be fewer mouth-watering descriptions of cooking, which is what I found particularly appealing about her first book.
This is the sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients with Lillian the restaurant owner offering cooking classes. Through the classes they develop relationships which bind them. There’s Al, the accountant, Chloe the chef in training, Isabelle who is struggling with early Alzheimer’s. Al’s wife, Louise is angry and disappointed with her 29 year marriage. Then at the middle of everything is Lillian whose life has taken an unexpected turn with her pregnancy.
Strangers come together and become a family by choice offering each other friendship and support. Reviewed by DL
I love the way she writes-her descriptions are so lovely. It was wonderful to read about the characters' lives and see the connections. Hope she keeps writing - I have enjoyed all three of her books.
A wonderful follow-up to "The School of Essential Ingredients" which left me wanting to know more about the great characters and what happens to them.
I loved getting to know more about the characters from Bauermeister's earlier novel "The School of Essential Ingredients". Lillian, restaurant owner/chef, is the core of a self-chosen family who work in the restaurant or are cherished customers. We get to read/learn how they interconnect, how they take care of each other. If you haven't yet read "The School of Essential Ingredients", read it first and then this one. They are rich stories, sure to leave you sated.
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