“The School of Essential Ingredients” (Jan 2009), is a novel about eight students and their cooking teacher, set in a restaurant kitchen. The book has received world-wide enthusiastic reviews, such as:
In this remarkable début, Bauermeister creates a captivating world where the pleasures and particulars of sophisticated food come to mean much more than simple epicurean indulgence…Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister’s tale of food and hope is sure to satisfy.”
“As exquisitely prepared and satisfying as the dishes Lillian prepares in her restaurant.”
“Food Network fans will devour this first novel about a whimsical cooking school run by a gentle chef with a fierce passion for food.”
“A delicate, meltingly lovely hymn to food and friendship. Lillian’s kitchen, full of buttery light and gorgeous smells, is a place where the world works the way it should. You’ll want to tuck yourself into one warm corner of it and stay all day.”
–Marisa de los Santos, author of Belong To Me
“Exquisitely written and heartbreakingly delicious. It’s a luscious slice of life… you will enjoy every bit.”
–Sarah Addison Allen, author of Garden Spells
Bauermeister’s non-fiction work includes 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She received a PHD in literature from the University of Washington and has taught at both the U.W. and Antioch. Her love of slow food and slow living was inspired during the two years she spent living with her husband and two children in northern Italy. She currently lives in Seattle with her family.
And now, let our interview begin!
1) When did you decide to be a writer? Was it your dream since you were a child, or did it happen ‘by accident’? What made you feel you were ready to write?
2) Italy: how did you end up in Italy? What major cultural differences struck you when you were there? Did you know anything about Italy/Italians/Italian before going or was it a total surprise?
3)Tell us a bit about your agent: when did you find her and how? Was it a long and painful process or was it easy?
4)Your opinion about self-publishing and the ebook revolution.
But we need to be very, very careful not to lose the independent bookstores in the process. They are the curators of interesting books that will change your life, and the lifeblood of the books that aren’t blockbusters – without those stores we would be reduced to reading the same ten books that you see on the tables at the big box stores and on-line. Especially with the overwhelming influx of books that will occur with self-publishing, small bookstores are more important than ever and we have to make a concerted effort to support them.