The Lost Art of Mixing

The Lost Art of Mixing

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Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780399162114
Branch Call Number: FIC BAUERME 2013
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 22 cm


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The prose in this book is beautiful. The descriptions of food, numbers, silence, everything is gorgeously described, such as: the grandmotherly feel of a three or the bitter taste of endive. While it is a sequel, you do not need to read the first book; you won’t feel like you are missing anything... Read More »

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A delightful read that combines culinary delights with the ups, downs, and twists of everyday human life. Several stories told from the young, old and in-between voices of various people from different walks of life in a small town in the USA.

All stories held together by the commonality of food and the enjoyment of food. This is not a mystery, but a sweet little journey into a short glimpse of time in the lives of others. Maybe some life lessons to be learned who knows? A nice, quick read. (Submitted by Jamie).

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.

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