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Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Fiction • 6 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

Cassandra Campbell's exquisite, sensuous vocal tones set the mood for THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS—a novel that treats food as emotional metaphor and as therapy. A lovely homage to the soul-healing properties of a sumptuous meal—or an essential ingredient—this work enchants and inspires. The story traces the experiences (internal and external, past and present) of eight cooking-class students who are gathering at Lillian's restaurant. Campbell sweetly and deliberately speaks to the sensations of cookery and taste. While Lillian never shares a recipe in the traditional sense, her culinary creations are “without words," and transform the life of each student with aromas, flavors, and textures that unlock memories and eventual healing. As the students' lives intertwine, there are surprise results—which sparkle with Campbell's lyrical delivery. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2009]

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2009

CD ISBN 9780143144366 $29.95 • Five CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2009

CD ISBN 9781415962602 $80.00 • Five CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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