The Ingredients of Us: The Recipes Behind the Story
Love doesn’t come with a recipe…good thing desserts exist!
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“Imagine your husband cheated on you; what do you bake? Pies are too cheerful, cookies too festive, chocolate mousse too sensual—you probably decide on jam.”
Adult Chocolate Bundt Cake
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“It’s one of those cakes that’s richer than it appears, where a small piece seems inadequate until halfway through eating it, and then the fork slows down, and that last bite may or may not be left on the plate.
Warn people that it’s more rich than they think, but overserve anyway, and don’t fret when they don’t finish their slices—it’s never because they didn’t like it.”
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“By now your mouth will be watering, the waft of cream cheese overpowering your senses as you hover over the mixing bowl.”
Double-Chocolate Comfort Cookies
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“Have a taste [of the dough]. It’ll present itself as an explosion of chocolate, but more than that, something deep and complex, full bodied in flavor. Appreciate the sugars’ grit, the disintegration of the dough on your tongue. Salivate. Have more.”
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“Why is it that bananas are green forever, ripe for a moment, and brown too soon? Whether you bought more bananas than you needed or forgot to eat them while they were ripe, this recipe will save you.”
The Story Behind the Recipes
The Ingredients of Us
A delicious novel about the sweet and sour ingredients of life and love.
Elle, an accomplished baker, has a recipe for every event in her life. But when she discovers her husband’s infidelity, she doesn’t know what to make of it. Jam, maybe? Definitely jam.
Fed up with the stale crumbs of her marriage, Elle revisits past recipes and the events that inspired them. A recipe for scones reminds her of her father’s death, cinnamon rolls signify the problematic courtship with her husband, and a batch of chocolate cookies casts Elle in a less-than-flattering light. Looking back, Elle soon realizes that some ingredients were missing all along.
After confronting her husband, Elle indulges her sweet tooth in other ways, including a rebound that just leaves her more confused. As secrets from the past collide with the conflicts of the present, Elle struggles to manage her bakery business and maintain the relationships most important to her. In piecing her life back together, will Elle learn to take the bitter with the sweet?