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This was a book that I purchased eons ago and just never got around to reading. It had been highly recommended and I was in need of a book that would capture my attention and allow me to escape a very hectic time in my life. This was the book I selected and it was great!
While a novel, it is almost a collection of short stories about a successful chef/restauranteur and the participants in a cooking class she conducts. Each individual comes to the lessons for different reasons and at different points in their lives. Ms. Bauemeister does an excellent job of fleshing out a large number of characters which was quite a feat for a newer author. They are all multi-dimensional and interesting. The chef's own backstory is part of the book and may have been one of the more interesting storylines.
Descriptive, lush writing that never seemed overdone. Interesting characters and an interesting setting. Light enough to be entertaining but with enough complexity to remain with the reader after the book is finished.
Bottom line: I enjoyed it quite and bit and plan on reading the book after this, "The Lost Art of Mixing".
This book is delicious. All the descriptions of food & cooking makes you want to eat it, or at least curl up with it & a cup of tea. It's true that it may be too sweet for a few readers, but it was just the break I needed between my sci-fi/fantasy books.
Lillian was my favorite character. Her chapter starts off the book, and we get a little glimpse of her at the ending as well. I wanted more of her, but appreciate each chapter that gave us a glimpse into the class attendees.
The only complaint I have is that it was difficult to keep them all straight at the beginning - especially Tom & Ian. And I can't quite picture a few of them because while we got to read so many tantalizing descriptions of food, I could have used more descriptions of the people themselves.
This book soars in the writer's lyrical and tender writing. The plot isn't staggering - it's a series of vingettes that ultimately intersect. The character development isn't phenomenal but that is fine. In fact, I really enjoyed the leisurely read that allowed me to savor the writing and didn't try really hard to be cool, edgy. Not to say it was without substance or wisdom - it had both but it was offered in a way that was gentle yet nourishing. I am not a person who naturally enjoys food like a true foodie; but reading about food helps me access my ability to experience food pleasure, sort of like someone who needs to read erotica to get in the mood for sex.
This is a lovely book for those who have a great appreciation for cooking and for those who are curious about how different people react to the task of cooking. The author weaves the lives of the students into their class meetings as a way of self-discovery and life's passages in the novel setting of Lillian's cooking class each week. Each character does discover their own ingredient that gives life meaning and purpose. Each class is about a meal they prepare together but it more than just the food as the techniques, the observations, and the hidden wisdoms become evident in this balance of food and life's experiences.
Purchased this for a book club and after reading quite a few heavy books this year, this was a breath of fresh air! Gratuitous descriptions of natural beauty and flavorful meals, relatable characters, and an all-around sense of love and warmth. My only qualm was that the author went a bit overboard with the similes and metaphors, as you could count about three per page, especially when describing the cooking process. Some were brimming with imagination such as a voice that sounds like the smooth layers of poured cake batter, but others fell a bit flat, whether that was because they were overused or a stretch. Overall though, a thoroughly enjoyable and quick read that will leave you wanting to cook up a delicious dish of your own.
Take a gorgeous gourmet restaurant, a patient and saintly chef/owner, and a medley of students attending a cooking class once a month over the course of a year. Mix well, and you have a delightful novel celebrating the beauty of food and the importance of people. Lillian has a culinary gift and provides instruction with generosity, charm, and grace. Each chapter is a lesson and told from the perspective of each individual student, including their back story and their motives for being in Lillian's class. As chapters and months progress, these initial strangers form a lovely camaraderie over delicious concoctions.
Be warned, reading this will make you hungry, but it also might make you ambitious. I found myself adding fresh herbs to my standard chicken dish and savoring flavors I had taken for granted. My only qualm is feeling like I didn't get to know Lillian well enough. She is laid out on the pages as a flawless individual who always says and does the right things. Perhaps her character will be further developed in the novel's sequel, so here's hoping that The Lost Art of Mixing delivers.
Food and relationships; a lovely combination. The descriptions were sensual and the feelings warmhearted. The concept is simple, a cooking school where the teacher illustrates the beauty and feeling derived from food and how it impacts relationships. A bit too light for me although very tender.
This book was suggested by a kindred spirit who knows my love for food and stories and it did not disappoint! Stuffed with stories of lives in search of love and understanding and seasoned with food for the body and spirit - this book was a delight. The perfect bite!
Ingredients reminded me of a Maeve Binchy novel in its clustering of stories 'round an event that brings all the protagonists together. Another similarity is the respect with which Ms B. treats her characters' quirks and challenges. Here, the resemblance ends and the lyrical magic begins. I remember being only a "frame" for my children, and from then on having no true identity...... Ms B draws her analogies in pure poetry. Her metaphors are unique and spot-on. I could have read another 500 pages..... And look forward to doing so in her next novel.