Katie’s Choice Book Club to discuss ‘The School of Essential Ingredients’

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The Katie’s Choice Book Club selection for July is The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister.

Hosted by Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries and Katie’s Cup coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., Rockford, the book discussion will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 19.

The Book Club is open to all interested people, free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

This is how Publishers Weekly describes the book: “In this remarkable debut, Bauermeister creates a captivating world where the pleasures and particulars of sophisticated food come to mean much more than simple epicurean indulgence. Respected chef and restaurateur Lillian has spent much of her 30-something years in the kitchen, looking for meaning and satisfaction in evocative, delicious combinations of ingredients. Endeavoring to instill that love and know-how in others, Lillian holds a season of Monday evening cooking classes in her restaurant. The novel takes up the story of each of her students, navigating readers through the personal dramas, memories and musings stirred up as the characters handle, slice, chop, blend, smell and taste. Each student’s affecting story — painful transitions, difficult choices — is rendered in vivid prose and woven together with confidence. Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister’s tale of food and hope is certain to satisfy.”

For more about Katie’s Choice Book Club, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at either (815) 962-4279 or RALMmail@aol.com.

Posted July 18, 2012

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