The Lost Art of Mixing (A School of Essential Ingredients Novel) (Paperback)
February 2013 Indie Next List
— Melanie Mayberry, Cornerstone Cottage Kids, Hampton, IA
National bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick, The Scent Keeper, 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; 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 point; 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.
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About the Author
Erica Bauermeister is the author of the national bestseller The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners. She lives in Seattle with her family.
“Writes prose delicious enough to devour.”—Tiffany Baker, bestselling author of The Gilly Salt Sisters
“Mixes gorgeous prose, luscious detail, and heartfelt characters—new friends and old—to reveal just how colorful and warm life in the rainy Pacific Northwest can be.”—Laurie Frankel, author of Goodbye for Now
Praise for Erica Bauermeister, author of Joy for Beginners and The School of Essential Ingredients
“The perfect recipe for escaping from life’s stresses.”—Kate Jacobs, author of The Friday Night Knitting Club
“A book designed to fill you up and make you hungry for life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read.”—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain