Lessons in Chemistry: Meet the uncompromising, unconventional Elizabeth Zott by Bonnie Garmus


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Bookseller Review by Julie:

If you are looking for a really enjoyable read to lose yourself in, look no further! A wonderful three-dimensional lead character who can make you laugh and cry, not least in the jaw dropping conversations she is forced to have as a scientist in the early Sixties! As the reluctant star of her tv cookery show ‘Supper at Six’,  Elizabeth Zott introduces the chemistry in her recipes to her female audience while challenging them to think about their potential in a male dominated world where they are told they should feel “happy” despite their limited options. The only downside I found with this gem of a book is that it had to end!


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Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here

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.

But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take 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.

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.