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The School of Essential Ingredients – Review

Have you ever walked into a waiting room, classroom, or office and wondered about all the different people that were in that room with you? The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister examines that concept.

The School of Essential Ingredients Lilian teaches a Monday night cooking class in her restaurant kitchen. This being the second book I read about cooking classes, I’ve been experimenting more in the kitchen, to mixed results. This book does have better cooking tips though.

Each chapter tells the background story of one of her eight students. The stories are beautifully interwoven to the theme of food, and cooking. Each story is told as a flashback, going back and forth between the cooking class. Erica Bauermeister did a fantastic job tying everything together and creating a colorful and realistic set of characters. I really enjoyed this book, its a very quick read. I was able to finish it in about 2 hours.


The School of Essential Ingredients
Erica Bauermeister
Putnam, 2009
ISBN 0399155437
240 pages


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