This review is from: The Monday Night Cooking School (Paperback)
I didn't do enough research before beginning this book. I had heard the buzz around a book entitled 'School of Essential Ingredients' and the cover gave me to believe that this may be a really intelligent sensuous and poetic novel about food and relationships - I expected real depth. (...I know, I know - never judge a book by its cover! lesson learnt - I found a copy of the same book but under the title 'The Monday Night Cooking School' and the decidedly 'chick lit' cover should have been my first warning that this book was not going to be what I expected!).
I'm disappointed. I think the idea of a collection of short stories melding into a 'whole' would have been better than to write this as a novel. As it is, I don't think that the characters were rounded out or given any depth. Their thoughts and feelings didn't resonate or draw me in and each story within the novel was for me 'unfinished' or 'rushed', they weren't connected very expertly and nothing was revisited or tied up properly.
I enjoyed the idea of food as a mirror of emotion and a healing force and some of the descriptions surrounding this aspect of the novel were delightful. But overall, this book was not what it ought to have been.