Miss A gave this to me for Mother’s Day. Her boss, she works at a book store, made everyone read the first chapter.
Here’s the blurb …
‘Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here’ ELIZABETH ZOTT
Set in 1960s California; Lessons In Chemistry is the brilliant, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is derailed by the idea that a woman’s place is in the home – something she most definitely does not believe – only to find herself the star of America’s best-loved TV cooking show.
Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.
But it’s the 1960s, and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her male peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen on her road to professional fulfilment is a run-in with famous colleague Calvin Evans, legend and Nobel nominee. He’s also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry.
But life is never predictable and three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother and star of America’s best loved cooking show Supper at Six. Her singular approach to cooking – ‘take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride’ – and empowering message prove revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn’t just teaching housewives how to cook, but how to change their lives.
Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott
This is my favourite novel of the year so far. It’s quirky, fun, sad and uplifting. It is the story of Elizabeth, Calvin, Mad and Harriet. It’s about human connection, bad men, good men and choosing your own destiny.
The Guardian review.