The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

lost art of mixing

  • Title:  The Lost Art of Mixing
  • Author:  Erica Bauermeister
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Published:  January 2013 – Putnam
  • Source:  I received a review copy from the publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewer program

Synopsis (publisher)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.

My take:  If you enjoyed The School of Essential Ingredients you’ll want to read The Lost Art of Mixing. Erica Bauermeister delves into the lives of characters from the first book.  We get to see sides of each that even the other characters never see.

This novel is a connected string of intriguing stories that explain the characters we thought we knew. Just as a recipe is the sum of its ingredients so are the characters a sum of their life experiences. Each strives to find connection to those they love but must rely on being accepted for themselves. To do that, they must accept others as they are. The mix will work or it won’t but, in the end, they’ll know if they should stay or move on – be part of this recipe for the life they want or find another that will work.

I really liked The Lost Art of Mixing. Humor and drama mixed evenly to become a novel that left me satisfied. I’d love to see where life takes these characters but even if this is where Erica Bauermeister leaves them I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

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18 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

    • Kathleen, if you haven’t read The School of Essential Ingredients I recommend reading it before this book. The same characters are featured in both but I absolutely loved TSOEI).

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  1. I have this one, and I think I am going to make it my next read. I loved The School of Essential Ingredients, and have to say that I love that she has made a reprisal of some of her characters there. This was a very nice review, and I am glad that you loved this one, Mary! Excellent job!

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    • Thanks, Staci. You’re too kind. I haven’t read Joy for Beginners yet so I’m glad to see you’re enjoying it. I love her writing style.

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  2. I loved this book as well. I think it would be awesome if she continues the story as her characters certainly find a way into your heart. Either way I’ll always read what she writes.

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    • I kind of hope she does continue the story but I know authors are sometimes reluctant to do so. I’m with you in that I’ll read whatever she writes 🙂

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