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A "heartbreakingly delicious" national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life

Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect...

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian's soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The School of Essential Ingredients
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The School of Essential Ingredients
July 9th, 2015
A pleasant read, a nice story - especially for those who like food and cooking. I liked the structure of the book and the development of the characters. I thought there was an overuse of similes and metaphors to the point where I began counting them... They interfered with my enjoyment.
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Sheryl's recommendation delivers
June 17th, 2014
Loved this book. A quick read that left me wondering how tomorrow's butternut squash would like to be prepared.
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Terrific read
August 16th, 2013
Absolutely a delightful read, but I was hoping for more than my imagination left me with - highly recommended for a feel good read. Thanks for rekindling me with fond kitchen memories, and ones I still cherish and try to uphold for family
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