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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erica Bauermeister Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bauermeister’s prose is strong, particularly when it comes to food, and her novel brings to life the adage ‘be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Warm, funny, and deeply comforting, The Lost Art of Mixing is a delight.”


  • “Harrowing and graceful at once, this is some of Bauermeister’s strongest writing.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Erica Bauermeister’s characters are alive and savory as the food she describes so well.”


  • Selected for the February 2013 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/15/2014

    " I asolutely loved The Lost Art of Mixing. A number of people are drawn together by way of Lillian's restaurant. Entering into the mix are all kinds of love. There is lost love, betrayed love, new love. Each character has his or her own story, and each is captivating. Highly recommend. I read this is a sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients. I have not read this yet, but I'm now searching for it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ang | 2/9/2014

    " Insubstantial, light and relatively enjoyable. Wish there was more cooking! And what became of Chloe's notebook? Hmmm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Merceda | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a bit weird in that each character had a different part of the book devoted to them and their past. I felt sorry for Isabella, and glad that Tom and Lillian had a baby girl and were enjoying her together. I felt sorry for Abby who was always strung up in her pediatrician practice and who didn't want to deal with Isabella's alzheimers and the effects it was having on her. It was good that Chloe was taking care of Isabella and looking out for her. And the fact that she was terrified that Finnegan was cheating on her by the load of blue notebooks in his car was sad for her, because he was writing about senior citizens' memories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Ann | 1/28/2014

    " It's hard to be second. There's so many expectations left from the first. Unfortunately, this second novel about Lillian and her restaurant did not live up to the first. Bauermesister changed the novel's format and she took away cooking school. This led to the loss of her wonderful food imagery. Don't get me wrong, it was great to catch up with some old, familiar characters and be introduced to new ones. I just missed the excitement of the cooking classes and the interaction of the characters. This was a TV diner, when I was expecting gourmet. "

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