The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister mixes ingredients and the lives of the people at the restaurant. How grand is this kitchen tale? What ingredients could bring them altogether?
Lillian is the chef and owner of a restaurant. She has many relationships within her staff and along with her boyfriend Tom. Chloe her sous-chef helps to prepare and mix the ingredients and lives with Isabel a friend to all. She is undecided in her relationship to Finnegan the washer. Then there is Al the accountant who Lillian loves to cook for as they go over the finances for her business but he is also like a father figure to her and the others. Al’s wife Louise is sure that he is having an affair with someone at the restaurant she goes in search of evidence will she find any?
I am a baker at heart. I usually love novels such as these but this one I had a hard time getting into. The characters are written with great depth and emotion. I just couldn’t attach myself to any of them. There is some humor interspersed in the story. Sometimes I can come back to a novel such as this and have a better time with it a second time around.
The story is well written. The writer wove the characters into this story as though she was baking a tasty treat for all of us. Each time you were introduced or switched to this character the story was told from their point of view. This added an interesting aspect to this story.