I gave a positive review a week or so ago of The School of Essential Ingredients. Are you still hungry?
Erica Bauermeister's The Lost Art of Mixing lets us catch up with Lillian and her crew, but it's more about the lives and goings on outside of the restaurant. This is a fine read, but it didn't engage me as much as the cooking school book.
back blurb: We encounter Al's wife, Louise, whose anger simmers just below boiling point. We catch up with Isabelle, who memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. Chloe's a budding chef who hasn't learned to trust after heartache. Finnergan (new to us), quiet and steady as a tree, can disappear into the background. And there's Lillian herself, who's life has taken a turn she (we) didn't expect.
The lives mix - sometimes it's smooth and fluffy as meringue, and sometimes it's oil and vinegar. No matter what - the power of food, love, and companionship shines through. The Lost Art of Mixing is pleasant, but I found myself still looking for a grand finale dessert when I finished.