Thursday, March 7, 2024

Lessons in Chemistry

This was a book club pick and a worthwhile one. Otherwise, I would've missed it. 

Such a powerhouse female character, who will resonate with women of any age, is our leading lady Elizabeth Zott. 

I loved her outlook on life, her love of Calvin, and watching her carve her path in a time when such a thing was frowned upon. 
I had several moments when I laughed out loud. But I didn't cry. And I did learn about chemsitry, rowing, and how dogs think. 

I listened to the audiobook in four days. It's that good. The narrator is excellent. 

Prepare to have your thoughts challenged and elevated in the best of ways. 


Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an 
average woman. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America's most beloved cooking show 
Supper at Six. Elizabeth's unusual approach to cooking ("combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride") proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn't just teaching women to cook. She's daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, 
Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

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