|Apples are one of my Favorite Basic Ingredients|
When our book club picked this book to read for the monthly meeting, I was not sure if I would like it. I enjoy a good mystery or historical fiction and this book did not fit into either of these molds. However, it only took me one chapter to get hooked on this book. The author has such an interesting way of writing that I instantly got involved in the book.
Lillian, the main character owns a restuarant and conducts a cooking school in the back rooms. She has a very unique way of cooking that instantly got me interested. She didn't use recipes but rather concentrated on the basic ingredients for each dish and explored with her students how to make the most of the ingredients. Lillian surely was a true artist when it came to her cooking. She had a way of making everything magical and made me want to get in my kitchen and experiment.
The book is set up with a chapter for each student of the cooking class. As the dish for that evening is explored we also learn a little bit about each of the students and why they came to the class to start with. Each student had their own story and they were a very diverse group. Lillian not only had a way with the food but also with each of her students. She seemed to bring out the best in people and helped them to explore the situations in their lives.
I don't want to spoil the story line for you. But I will tell you if you enjoy cooking and reading you must try this book. I highly recommend it.
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