Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Friday, March 19, 2010

School of Essential Ingredients

After a string of stinko women's fiction, I picked up School of Essential Ingredients. Ah, a respite!
When she was a child, Lillian's mother retreated from the world after a divorce. Lillian used the power of food to "cook her mom back into the world." She now owns a restaurant and teaches a class for amateurs on Monday nights.
Each chapter tells the story of a student and how the food triggers memories or change in their lives. In some ways the book reminds me of the film Chocolat, where Vivienne knows the perfect chocolate for each customer's life.
Give this book a nibble.