Oh how I love reading a book that just pours inspiration in to my body with it’s words. When something really touches you. That for me is what life is really all about. To be inspired and to learn; to constantly be reaching; to find out who you are minute by minute.
I read this book and felt at home. “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister is now an essential part of me, which is something that should happen when you’ve been graced by someone’s story. A small piece of you is changed because of that book. I feel a little lighter about life after reading it and it re-ignited my passion for food and for people.
It was one of those novels where I just wanted to whack a huge, woolly jumper on and curl up. Make a cup of tea, grab a digestive biscuit and have a big bay window magically appear in the house out of nowhere. Maybe even some rain lightly patter on the pane. However, being in Australia in Summer time, my clichéd bubble was a little burst. But I digress.
This story is about love. It’s about life and how we are sometimes a little caught up in it. Lilian, one of the main characters, is a a creator-of wonderful food. She holds cooking classes and brings these people back to themselves through food, through taste. Through the wonderful means of patience when you are really able to understand. It is something we do everyday, is it not? When you taste that certain taste and all your memories are suddenly upon you.
And it’s pretty damn beautiful.