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Publisher's Summary

National best-selling author Erica Bauermeister returns to the enchanting world of The School of Essential Ingredients in this luminous sequel.
Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. There’s Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn’t learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al’s wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there’s Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn’t expect....
Their lives collide and mix with those around them, sometimes joining in effortless connections, at other times sifting together and separating again, creating a family that is chosen, not given. A beautifully imagined novel about the ties that bind - and links that break - The Lost Art of Mixing is a captivating meditation on the power of love, food, and companionship.
©2013 Erica Bauermeister (P)2013 Random House Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Queen Squared on 02-12-13

Really Good Story

I didn't realize it when I bought this book, but it's actually a sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients. Based on my experience with The Lost Art of Mixing, I would definitely like to go back and listen to book 1. This book is SO much more than your average romance. It's about romance, family, opening up to new relationships, and letting go of past ones. Placing a restaurant at the center of the story is the perfect backdrop to what's going on in the characters' personal lives. And Campbell really helps you get to know each character. If it seems to start out a bit slow, stick with it. In my opinion, it's worth the wait.

If you're looking for a book that doesn't sacrifice depth to give you that feel-good storyline. This may be the perfect book for you.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Andrea on 03-04-13

Warm Easy Read

Would you listen to The Lost Art of Mixing again? Why?

It is comforting, not complex more lyrical than compelling

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It is character driven with rich imagery

Which scene was your favorite?

the kitchen

Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Art of Mixing and why?

The cook

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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