The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
December 3, 2012 book review

To guarantee that I will be interested in a book, one does not usually have to give too many details. But if you tell me that it’s a novel about cooking, there’s no question – I’ll be hooked. What really makes my day though, is when one of those books goes beyond merely entertaining and enters the region of a “book I can’t put down” or “book I will find a permanent home for on my bookshelf” – those books are much fewer and farther between. With her elegant prose, well-rounded characters and fascinating imagery, Erica Bauermeister makes literary magic in The Lost Art of Mixing.

My love of reading started by finding an escape into a new world, a new life, a new time and place where I could let my imagination run free. While almost every fiction book provides the same sort of outlet, there are not as many that take that outlet to a higher level, to a place where the story stays with me and I’m enthralled just to be reading it. Erica Bauermeister is one of those authors, she writes in a way that gives me a burning desire to keep reading her words. I think I would read the back of a cereal box if she wrote it.

Her characters are part of the joy in her writing. Through reading The Lost Art of Mixing, I not only came to know the characters as one would any characters in a novel, but I came to love them. I appreciated their merits and flaws, their good days and bad, and I think I even had a dream about them once. It’s much more than just a description of how they are, it’s the way that her words mold them. Honestly, you just need to read the book, then you’ll get it.

In The Lost Art of Mixing, Erica Bauermeister continues the story of Lillian that she began in The School of Essential Ingredients. Although I have both books, I’ve only read the second, since I was told that it was a stand-alone novel, and I like to verify. Lillian is attempting to negotiate her own curveballs, as we find out more about people she works with like Chloe who is becoming a chef in her own right thanks to some inspiration from Finnegan, and her roommate the elderly Isabelle who is slowly losing her memory. We share in their joys, their triumphs, their uncertainty, their struggles, the gamut that life provides. It is, without a doubt, a beautiful and completely entrancing story.

Now that I have read and reviewed The Lost Art of Mixing, I can guarantee you that I will be reading The School of Essential Ingredients. I cannot wait to lose myself again in the world and words of Erica Bauermeister and her characters. I’m not as gifted a writer as Bauermeister, so I doubt I’m communicating how awesome it is to glory in her writing, at least not as well as she does. But it is definitely worth a read, and I think you’ll come to agree with me that it’s definitely shelf-worthy.

The Lost Art of Mixing

The Lost Art of Mixing is on tour with TLC Book Tours, check out the reviews from these other tour hosts:

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  • HeatherTLC

    I hope you enjoy the previous book as much as you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being on the tour.