National best-selling 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 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.
©2013 Erica Bauermeister (P)2013 Random House Audio
I didn't realize it when I bought this book, but it's actually a sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients. Based on my experience with The Lost Art of Mixing, I would definitely like to go back and listen to book 1. This book is SO much more than your average romance. It's about romance, family, opening up to new relationships, and letting go of past ones. Placing a restaurant at the center of the story is the perfect backdrop to what's going on in the characters' personal lives. And Campbell really helps you get to know each character. If it seems to start out a bit slow, stick with it. In my opinion, it's worth the wait.
If you're looking for a book that doesn't sacrifice depth to give you that feel-good storyline. This may be the perfect book for you.
It is comforting, not complex more lyrical than compelling
It is character driven with rich imagery
I love this author! The narrator pronounces words like a valley girl, she really detracts from the story with strange inflections and overly long pauses. I can't listen to any more of her!
The book never really went anywhere. I kept waiting to see how a character's story would end, and it seemed to stop right in the middle of each person's story. It seemed like part II should be coming next but wasn't there.
Really looked forward to listening to this after the Book of Essential Ingredients and Joy for beginners. I looked forward to seeing Lillian again and was totally disappointed that so little time was spent with her and her restaurant/cooking school. Several of the characters weren't particularly likable and the book was slow moving and fairly depressing.
I bought this book as part of a sale, not realizing that this was a series book...either book two or three. Compliments to the author, I did not realize this till well within the book. It felt like a stand alone book.
The story was going alone fine till the addition of external family. Maybe these additions and backstories were to create depth of charactors. It didn't work. In my opinion they brought nothing to the story and only took away the real interesting tales.
I will go read the first book - because it appears that's where the good story is. I'll let you know when I get there.
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