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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Erica Bauermeister's characters are alive and savory as the food she describes so well.... Most chapters in The Lost Art of Mixing could stand independently, but blended together, they make a memorable novel. The Seattle author reminds us how the rituals surrounding food sustain us emotionally and spiritually by giving us opportunities to gather as family and community, sharing more fully in one another's lives by taking the time to break bread together." (Portland Oregonian)

"The individual stories are so compelling and woven together so seamlessly that I fell in love with every one of them. Beyond that, I think the author must have strung the words together with magic because they left me mesmerized." (First for Women

"Harrowing and graceful at once, this is some of Bauermeister's strongest writing." (The Seattle Times)

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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.

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Loved the sequel!

I loved The School of Essential Ingredients, and hated when it came to an end. I wanted to know more about the characters lives, which were transformed by the sense of community they developed in Lillian’s cooking school. I was delighted when I discovered the sequel, and it was equally wonderful. The author’s brilliant prose is a pleasure, especially in the wonderful audio version. I only wish it was a little longer, or part of a longer series.

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Big disappointment.

Would you try another book from Erica Bauermeister and/or Cassandra Campbell?

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.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

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Warm Easy Read

Would you listen to The Lost Art of Mixing again? Why?

It is comforting, not complex more lyrical than compelling

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It is character driven with rich imagery

Which scene was your favorite?

the kitchen

Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Art of Mixing and why?

The cook

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love this author

enjoyed just like her other stories. she's great at interweaving people and their stories and bringing them together and apart while each grows in their own unique way. food or another sense is always at the center of her books too.

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The title is so interesting

Takes you time to realize how the book all fits together the lost art of mixing is the perfect name I love the way the author mixed the people and places together right to the very last. Super fun and interesting read I highly recommend

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Wanted more!

I so enjoyed the first book, The School of Essential Ingredients, in this series and thought this was "good" but could have been great!
I love the character of Lillian in the first book and she's developed a bit more in this, but then, she's dropped! I wanted to find out more about the baby, how she is juggling the restaurant and I so miss the cooking classes! That said, I do love Erica Bauermeister and I've read and enjoyed several of her other books this year (including The Scentmaker) and will likely read her again. Cassandra Campbell's narrations are always great.

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Another Amazing story by Erica B!

I can't get enough of this author! All her stories are a thrill for all 5 senses! You can literally smell, hear, taste, see and feel the characters and their amazing food creations! This one wasn't as exciting as her more recent stories but... elegantly written and incredibly entertaining as well as inspiring! Highly recommend!

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First Book is Better

I loved the first book because it linked the characters together in a cooking class. The second book didn’t have the cooking class, it was a bunch of characters and their backgrounds.

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great story, terrible narrator!

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!