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I loved this sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients. It was so good to catch up with what was happening with some of the characters and to meet new characters. I wish I could find the book on celebrating traditions described in the book. It would be an interesting read and fun to try some of the celebrations. I would recommend reading The School of Essential Ingredients first just to know the background of the characters. Erica Bauemeister is a very gifted writer and I plan to look for more books by her.
This is a beautifully written book, a continuation in a way, of The School of Essential Ingredients, though they can be read completely separately. Food and cookery creations are interestingly described, and one can almost taste the meals created. I want to read more from this author.
This story is a follow up book to The School of Essential Ingredients which I very much enjoyed. Unfortunately this book wasn't nearly as interesting. Quite a bit of the story centered on a character named Isabelle. An older lady who is losing her home and mind due to dementia. As an older lady myself, this wasn't the most enjoyable reading. The other characters were also going through some depressing life experiences. I was hoping for a more enjoyable book to lose myself in and this just wasn't it.
I liked it but it wasn’t as good as the first book. I’m glad she expanded the story of the characters she had in the first book but wasn’t as good. Parts were boring and made me drift off but got back on track. Overall I liked it.
I was looking forward to reading this novel because the author is an excellent writer and I LOVED "A School of Essential Ingredients." Again, this novel is no exception when it comes to being well-written. However, I really had a tough time finding a plot in this - it was even difficult to find the thread that held it together, or who the protagonist was. Even after finishing, I have no idea who's story this was. It was like a collection of short character descriptions, with a little glue applied here and there to stick them together, but I have to say I was unfortunately disappointed. I've always been under the impression the Epilogue of a book was to more or less wrap up the character's lives a year later, or something. In this case, the Epilogue wrapped up one of the characters, who interestingly enough, was only one scene in ONE chapter of the entire book. Strange.
While this can be read as a stand alone it’s better to read it after School of Essential Ingredients since that’s where the love starts. Each character in this book has their own story and they are all tied together like a bouquet of flowers. Such interesting people each learning lessons about life and sharing their love. It’s a delightful book but not as good as the first.
I'm thrilled to have discovered Erica Bauermeister. This is the second in a series of two. The first is The School of Essential Ingredients. Both books feature multiple characters, and Bauermeister does a great job of telling the story of each, and weaving the individual stories together. The setting is contemporary, the stories all involve personal growth and people learning to lean on, and trust, each other. The author has a gift for description, and for feeling deeply the range of human emotion. Her writing is among the most beautiful I've read, and I'll happily go see what else she has written.