The Lost Art of Mixing

The Lost Art of Mixing

Book - 2013
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National bestselling author Erica Bauermeister returns to the enchanting world of The School of Essential Ingredients in this luminous sequel.

Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. There's Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn't learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al's wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling po∫ and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there's Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn't expect. . . .

Their lives collide and mix with those around them, sometimes joining in effortless connections, at other times sifting together and separating again, creating a family that is chosen, not given. A beautifully imagined novel about the ties that bind--and links that break-- The Lost Art of Mixing is a captivating meditation on the power of love, food, and companionship.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399162114
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 14, 2018

Very enjoyable! I felt the character development was deep, and very interesting. I listened to this on my commute, and found myself wishing my drive were longer, or sitting in my car in the garage to listen to more.

samdog123 Jun 21, 2016

A nice continuation from The School of Essential Ingredients that puts the finishing touches on the story.

ChristchurchLib Nov 16, 2014

"In this sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients, restaurant owner Lillian is prepared for anything that the food business could throw at her -- it's what happens outside the restaurant that provides unexpected challenges. The same goes for a circle of her friends, co-workers, and regulars in this collection of linked stories. Each chapter offers the story of a different character (many from the earlier book) navigating a different obstacle, from failed relationships to a fast-failing memory. "Warm, funny, and deeply comforting," says Booklist of this charming, tasty treat." Fiction A to Z November 2014 newsletter

JCLKinsleyR Apr 02, 2014

All over the place. I was hoping this picked up where the School of Essential Ingredients left off, but it just introduced a bunch of new characters and told a barely interwoven tale of their lives. Had I really wanted to follow this story I should have taken notes, instead I listened and truly, I zoned out a lot.

Jan 26, 2014

Really enjoyed this book! Well written, loved the way the characters' lives intertwined, will definitely look for others by this author.

Oct 31, 2013

This is the follow up to one of my previous loves, "The School of Essential Ingredients." This was just as lovely as that was. Kind of like being curled up with a blanket, drinking tea, which is exactly what I did while I devoured it. Comfort reading.

asbookchick May 07, 2013

Nice story, but I didn't like it as much as The School of Essential Ingredients. There seemed to be fewer mouth-watering descriptions of cooking, which is what I found particularly appealing about her first book.

branch_reviews Apr 24, 2013

This is the sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients with Lillian the restaurant owner offering cooking classes. Through the classes they develop relationships which bind them. There’s Al, the accountant, Chloe the chef in training, Isabelle who is struggling with early Alzheimer’s. Al’s wife, Louise is angry and disappointed with her 29 year marriage. Then at the middle of everything is Lillian whose life has taken an unexpected turn with her pregnancy.
Strangers come together and become a family by choice offering each other friendship and support. Reviewed by DL

Apr 04, 2013

I love the way she writes-her descriptions are so lovely. It was wonderful to read about the characters' lives and see the connections. Hope she keeps writing - I have enjoyed all three of her books.

Mar 07, 2013

A wonderful follow-up to "The School of Essential Ingredients" which left me wanting to know more about the great characters and what happens to them.

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