The new year is not so new anymore, and as we tear those daily
calendar pages off, many of the carefully made and sincerely meant New Year's
Resolutions begin to be discarded as well. The government, which keeps track
of such things, lists "lose weight" and "eat right" as among the
most popular resolutions of Americans. I suspect that Lillian, the wonderfully
intuitive cook and slightly mysterious central character of Erica Bauermeister's
nourishing first novel would advise those resolution-makers to instead seek
a better relationship with food, and to learn what cooking is really about:
healing as well as comfort.
Lillian and the eight students attending her current cooking class (held monthly in the kitchen of her restaurant) each get a chapter, a structure that can be difficult to build a novel around when there are so many characters and...
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