Lessons in Chemistry

A Novel

400 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2022 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

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 as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes 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.

But 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 …

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reviewed Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Aus einer Zeit als Männer noch Männer und Frauen zweite Klasse waren

5 stars

Das Buch erzählt die Geschichte von Elisabeth Zott in den 50er Jahren. Elisabeth ist eine starke Frau, die sich ihrer Zeit weit voraus durch Höhen und Tiefen kämpfen muss. Bisher ca. 50 Prozent gelesen und bis dahin auch absolut lesenswert.


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