The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister

The School of Essential Ingredients

By Erica Bauermeister

  • Release Date: 2009-01-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 240 Ratings


From the author of Reese Witherspoon's Book Club pick The Scent Keeper comes a “heartbreakingly delicious” national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life. 

Once a month on a Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect.

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian's soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create....


  • Lovely book!

    By JOJOdall
    If you love to cook you’ll love this book. Very tasty. If you don’t like to cook, this will inspire you!!! Beautiful writing, a treat for all your senses!
  • A Sensual Book

    By Quickslvr61
    I will spare the details of the story. This book, organized as it is in small chapters dedicated to each character, is a pleasure to read. All of the reader's senses are invoked, and it is the kind of book that one doesn't want to finish. A quick and uplifting read!