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  1. says:

    All the ingredients of a sweet read 🧁 🧁 🧁 🧁 Elle is a well known baker and all her best memories are tied to food We meet her as she finds out her husband is cheating which understandably rocks her world Elle can look at a recipe for scones and connect it to a memory about her father’s death She can bake cinnamon rolls and think of when she first dated her husband Don’t we all tie some of the best and most challenging times of our lives to food? I know I certainly do Food and music Told in a uniue structure before the infidelity and after I found the storytelling supremely engaging How will Elle come to terms with what has happened and what will be the state of her marriage?First off I have to mention the yummy and interesting recipes included I definitely want to make them all The author has worked in a bakery before and it shows Gold’s writing shines with authentic emotion throughout Elle is a complex and lovable main character and it was intriguing watching her grow Everything about the story felt genuine and I enjoyed the themes of love and marriage as well as true friendship My favorite thing was how Elle coped with all her emotions by baking and giving gifts to others She was such a strong character Overall I loved this book from start to finish and I’m excited about Jennifer Gold’s next book I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom


  2. says:

    What a wonderful debut novel by Jennifer Gold The story caught my attention from the beginning and her writing flowed beautifully from page to pageThis is the story of Elle and Tom's marriage Elle owns a bakery shop with her best friend She has recently discovered her husband of almost nine years has been having an affair The story is cleverly told through chapters of Before Elle found out and After Elle found outWe slowly begin to learn about Elle's marriage throughout each of the chapters as well as her love of baking She always associates certain recipes with certain events in her life I thought it was brilliant how the baking and recipes were added into the story I wrote some of them down while reading the book I will make the Banana Bread first What a great book to read in lockdown with all the yummy recipes providedI enjoyed reading about the evolution of Elle's marriage from good times to eventually not so good times The ending leaves you with some hope and the belief of a promising new beginningI'd like to kindly thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for granting me access to this Advanced Reader Copy


  3. says:

    Dear Readers I am so thrilled to share my debut novel with you The idea for this book came out of my time as a baker While I was in college I worked part time in a café making pastries cookies cakes—the whole nine While the job was much less technical than what you might see on the Great British Baking Show I came away from the experience with a zillion great recipes better home baking techniues and most importantly the inspiration for “The Ingredients of Us”One of the most profound things I learned during my baking days was a recipe’s ability to remind us of togetherness For instance sticky buns remind me of Christmastime visits with my grandmother Crème brulee reminds me of my husband we always get it on our anniversary A certain chocolate chip cookie recipe reminds me of the many afternoons my mother and I made it together the page is so worn and sticky with chocolate we can barely read the page anygood thing we have it memorized So many important moments in our lives are tied to food—I know this not just from personal experience but from the patrons of the café where I worked and from early readers of my book “The Ingredients of Us” is based on this phenomenon Of course it’s about so much than just baking—love marriage friendship career—but the recipes ground all the other events in Elle’s life The recipes bring her clarity I should note the book comes with actual recipes that you can bake straight from the page Cinnamon rolls pie chocolate cakemy stomach grumbled every time I sat down to write My hope is that your stomach grumbles a little too and maybe you’ll go bake something delicious and mood lifting after you finish the chapter of course Do you have recipes of your own that remind you of someone? I’d love to know I feature recipes in my monthly newsletter and maybe I could feature one of yours someday too In the meantime happy reading Stay sweet Jenni


  4. says:

    25 starsIf you enjoy novels centred around daily life where the plot is relatively 'normal' and doesn't really go anywhere aside from exploring a specific topic or event check this one out I know that description may not make this story sound appealing but I do know that there are readers out there that enjoy novels based on everyday life I would consider this novel a 'slice of life' story where it explores an event what lead up to that event and the aftermath of that event Personally at this point in my life it was not the story for me Who knows maybe down the road with different life experiences having occurred I may have enjoyed this story The basis of this story is surrounding a topic that does freuently occur in the daily life of many unfortunately so I can see how this story could be relatable As well the novel shows how one decision may not be the 'right' decision for all and that there can be a different outcome for different relationships The writing was well done and I think for some this story could be therapeutic if they had a similar situation occur Orit could potentially make a reader mad if they went through a similar situation I'm not sure Put simply it was just not the story for me One word of caution is not to go into this novel based on the cover I know I know but I still had to say it This novel is not a light and fluffy story as they cover suggests Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  5. says:

    That cover is delish The Ingredients of Us is a savory novel about infidelity insecurities and being yourself With an added bonus recipes are sprinkled throughout the book which mirror events or emotions in Elle’s life The timeline might be bothersome as it skips from present to past For example some of the chapters are labeled Four months before Elle found out Over six years before Elle found out Over six weeks after Elle found out etc The characters aren’t always likable but this is a promising debut from author Jennifer Gold I look forward to her sopho book 35★s


  6. says:

    I think we’ve all read books where a woman discovers her husband has been unfaithful but Gold was able to put her own spin on the premise with this one This jumps from the time period after Elle discovers his betrayal to when they first met and also the years in between The chapters are fairly short and it does jump around time wise uite a bit but it was very easy to follow and keep up as every chapter was clearly labeled It was fascinating to see how their relationship had changed and evolved both for the good and the bad over the years and by the end I felt like I had a really strong sense of who Elle was and what she believed inI am such a sucker for any book that incorporates food into the story and Gold infused food in such a uniue and fun way with this one Elle is a baker and each of her beloved recipes reminds her of an event in her past some incredibly happy times but also some not so good times No matter what baking has been a huge part of not only her life but who she is as a person and when she finds out her husband cheated on her she obviously turns to her comfort; baking What was clever that instead of just having Elle bake these items she included the actual recipes as well These also weren’t your run of the mill basic recipes either they were full of fun little sidebars and tidbits that let Elle’s personality shine through and they also made me incredibly hungry I’ll absolutely be trying some of these out myselfThis was a strong debut and felt like something new and fresh it also had an ending that I wasn’t expecting and was just a really well written and well executed read If you like foodie fiction definitely check this one outThe Ingredients of Us in three words Delectable Fresh and Emotional


  7. says:

    Linda's Book Obsession Reviews 'The Ingredients of Us by Jennifer Gold Lake Union Publishing July 1 2019Jennifer Gold Author of The Ingredients of Us has written a delicious delightful entertaining and emotional novel In addition to the novel are the most amazing recipes for desserts of all kinds The Genres for this novel are Domestic Fiction Women's Fiction and Fiction The timeline of the story is in the present and goes back nine years when it pertains to the characters or events in the story The author describes her characters as flawed complex and complicatedEllie is a successful partner in a bakery and can figure out almost any recipe and what ingredients can be used to make it foolproof Ellie lovingly mixes her ingredients and makes and bakes the most wonderful creations Ellie can bake almost anything to go with any situation She is stumped when she accidentally finds out her husband Tom has been cheating Clearly Ellie doesn't have a recipe that will be an easy fix for her heartbreakEllie does look back to see what clues or ingredients have been missing from the relationship I love that the author actually has the most tantalizing recipes for the reader I also appreciate that Jennifer Gold discusses the importance of family friends emotional support and communication  If something happens to a special dessert it can be made again sometimes under the proper circumstancesThis is an emotional and entertaining story that I would highly recommend Just be sure to have some Kleenex handy


  8. says:

    Review to follow


  9. says:

    Read or bake ? That was my dilemma in reading this yummy book The story of Elle and Tom and their marriage is told as before and after These were well written characters a surrounded by these delicious recipes A great book by this author who will forever be on my TBR list


  10. says:

    I never really settled in to this book Some of the publishing house decisions don't actually help the reader I understand that the recipes are supposed to be extracts from Elle's binder but the handwriting font chosen is not the best to read on an eReader; there are clearer handwriting fonts out there that would have worked better from a reader's perspective Whilst it may be a lovely font on printed media it really didn't translate well to a digital formatTo be honest the recipes were just one of a litany of things that irked me about the book For someone who is supposed to make baking her profession the first thing you learn is that any form of baking is a science so measurements matter All this a handful or a sprinkling as measures just doesn't cut it and really annoyed me I have read a lot of books with a fascination for baking held by one the characters and they detail recipes that actually work if you wanted to try them I fear that if you tried any of these except for the box pancake mix one then you would end up with an inedible lumpThen we have the time lapse formatting of the story It really does leap about at random One minute it is 6 days after finding out then nine years before finding out then 2 days after finding out then 3 weeks after finding out I'm sure you get the idea You really really have to pay attention to the chapter heading or else it is very very easy to get lost in the time frames of the story This is a real shame as I feel it would have actually worked better if we had alternated the romance between Elle and Tom from it's starting point and the present day problems on a natural timeline It doesn't build tension for the reader as the historical timeline builds to tell us about their initial meeting it builds frustration as you are never uite sure where and when things took placeThen we come to the characterisations Tom does not have a character he is just cheating husband Even when Elle finally gets her confrontation with him we never really get to hear Tom's side of things Now bear in mind here that Elle runs a bakery She starts at silly o'clock in the morning and stays at the store until it closes at 6pm and then usually gets some bakes ready for the next day This woman is home maybe for 6 8 hours a night and you can bet most of that is spent sleeping; so I wonder why Tom strayed any chance he felt abandoned? Any chance he was after companionship? Any chance he just wanted to feel like he mattered to someone? Couple this with his desire for Children and Elle's refusal to be honest about the issue her biological clock is not ticking at all then you can clearly see they aren't communicating I am not condoning having an affair but I can genuinely see why Tom might have looked elsewhere wouldn't you if you genuinely felt unseen by your partner? This could have been explored but isn't even really touched on Tom's loneliness is paid lipservice to when he tries to get a word in but he has been tried and found heinously guilty without being allowed to give a defenceElle herself is a strange combination of completely insecure and completely up herself The whole thing with her friend Bonnie's husband is ludicrous Seriously he hit on you once in a bar when he had just started casually dating Bonnie and suddenly he has this big passion for you Honestly get over yourself womanCan you tell I didn't really enjoy this book?Unpleasant characters recipes that just wouldn't work in real life and a bizarre timeline decision means it is too much work to read for too little reward I did manage to read it all and there are some good ideas in here and some splotches of good writing with an understanding of the human animal but it needed much refining and better editorial decisions the blame cannot be laid solely on the author a good editor is vital and sometimes they need to be brutal for the sake of the story and I fear this editor let the author and the reader down


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