For me, books can be a terrific source of cheer! The first of my recommendations, “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister, is a novel rich in sensory details, with themes of food, friendship, and personal growth. I enjoyed it so much, I have given four copies as gifts to my friends and family. It would be a great addition to a summer reading list for those wanting something interesting and uplifting, particularly for the foodies out there.
From the publisher:
THE SCHOOL of ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
by Erica Bauermeister
“Once a month on Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant kitchen for a cooking class. They come to learn the art behind Lillian’s dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each one unknowingly seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. One by one, they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create. Over time, the paths of the students intermingle and intertwine, and the essence of Lillian’s cooking expands beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of their lives, with results that are often unexpected and always delicious.”
Here is the link to the author’s homepage.