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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: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385363358
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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

  • “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.”

    Oregonian

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/23/2014

    " A book can earn 5 stars in so many ways. This book is not epic or profound, nor does it aim to educate. But it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially on these two gray, foggy days. Every bit as good as her previous book, The School of Essential Ingredients (which needs to be read prior to this one). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 1/14/2014

    " I loved the School of Essential Ingredients and think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had read them closer together. I can't really pinpoint why... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Hill | 1/14/2014

    " Her writing is lyrical and her stories are so sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peri Schacknow | 12/30/2013

    " Short, sweet, and essentially quite bland. A very quick, easy read that was pleasant enough but didn't excite or inspire me. I remember enjoying The School of Essential Ingredients more, and picked up this sequel expecting it to be a little more engaging than it was. Not bad but not her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah McDonald | 12/26/2013

    " This author has a talent for developing a multitude of characters in a very short span of words and pages. I gobbled up both The Lost Art and Essential Ingredients in one sitting each. What a treat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanesha | 12/6/2013

    " Disappointed in this one. It was very slow and the characters were rather dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/4/2013

    " Great sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol N | 11/25/2013

    " As one reviewer so wisely put it - a perfect recipe for express life's stresses - Lillian's kitchen filled with food, family and wonderful stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Rowland | 11/9/2013

    " if you like a story with a lot of description ,this book is for you.I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 10/29/2013

    " I like this author. She is very descriptive. Sometimes a bit much and not very believable but quite enjoyable. All of her books have characters that reappear in each story. I wish I could cook like the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Snow | 10/5/2013

    " Review to come closer to pub date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Kenyon | 10/5/2013

    " I really liked this book. I love how the author writes several little short stories to show the relationship between characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tari | 10/3/2013

    " It was good but I didn't care for it as much as the first book. This book didn't much deal with the kitchen at all but it had some good character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Brill | 7/18/2013

    " My review will be published at New York Journal of Books on pub date "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Kleinschmidt | 3/20/2013

    " Just ok. Some parts better than others but overall, meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 3/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The way the author explained numbers to an CPA, was fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/13/2013

    " This is a quiet, beautifully written book about community, family, friends and the essence of food and cooking. "

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About the Author
Author Erica BauermeisterERICA BAUERMEISTER is the author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners. She lives in Seattle with her family.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.