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The School of Essential Ingredients

(2009)
(The Monday Night Cooking School)
A novel by

 
Reminiscent of Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, a gorgeously written novel about life, love, and the magic of food.

The School of Essential Ingredients follows the lives of eight students who gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. Students include Claire, a young mother struggling with the demands of her family; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer learning to adapt to life in America; and Tom, a widower mourning the loss of his wife to breast cancer. Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students' lives. One by one the students are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of Lillian's food, including a white-on-white cake that prompts wistful reflections on the sweet fragility of love and a peppery heirloom tomato sauce that seems to spark one romance but end another. Brought together by the power of food and companionship, the lives of the characters mingle and intertwine, united by the revealing nature of what can be created in the kitchen.

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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients (Wheeler Hardcover)
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
ISBN: 1-59722-944-X / 978-1-59722-944-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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January 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
ISBN: 0-399-15543-0 / 978-0-399-15543-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Monday Night Cooking School
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
ISBN: 0-14-103883-7 / 978-0-14-103883-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
ISBN: 0-425-23209-3 / 978-0-425-23209-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Audio Editions

January 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
ISBN: 0-14-314436-7 / 978-0-14-314436-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
ISBN: 1-4159-6260-X / 978-1-4159-6260-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

February 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Monday Night Cooking School
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author(s): Erica Bauermeister
Publisher: Berkley
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