The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients

By Erica Bauermeister

Berkley Books, Paperback, 9780425232095, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2010


A "heartbreakingly delicious" national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life

Once a month, 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.

About the Author
Agee d une cinquantaine d annees, Erica Bauermeister a longtemps enseigne la litterature et l ecriture a l universite de Washington, et a publie deux ouvrages consacres a la litterature feminine. L Ecole des saveur, son premier roman, a connu un succes considerable. Traduit dans une vingtaine de pays, il est reste plus de deux ans dans la liste des meilleures ventes aux Etats-Unis.

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