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MARCH 25, 2009
The school of essential ingredients ~ Erica Bauermeister
Lillian owns a restaurant, and one Monday evening a month runs a cooking class. The students who gather in her kitchen come to learn about food, but even more importantly, leave with a deeper understanding of their own lives. Reminiscent of Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, The School of Essential Ingredients is an achingly lyrical ode to food. Each turn of the phrase is so painstakingly crafted that you will feel like you are feasting on Bauermeister's words. If you enjoy books that seem to melt away the stresses of your daily life, you'll want to dive into this one. When I turned the last page, I wished for my world to be as warm, comforting, and right as the world Lillian created with her philosophy of cooking and life.