Unplugging

on November 15, 2013
Mixing

The first time I wrote a novel, I had two children and a full-time job, and I slipped words onto pages in between carpools and clients. It took six years to write The School of Essential Ingredients. By the time I was writing my second novel, my children were in college, my job happily given… Read More

Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister

Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients (Putnam, 2009) which follows the lives of eight students and their teacher in a cooking class held in a restaurant kitchen. Her new novel, Joy for Beginners (Putnam, June 2011) explores what happens to seven women who challenge one another to do one thing in the next year that is new or difficult or scary. The twist? — they don’t get to choose their own challenges. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, has called Joy for Beginners “moving, touching, wonderfully written; inspiring to read.” Erica Bauermeister is also the co-author of two nonfiction books: 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 lives in Seattle and loves to talk with book groups.