Your Preview Verdict: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Your Preview Verdict: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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.

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 change the status quo.

Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.

Read some great reviews from our Preview readers here:

What a stunning debut novel! Elizabeth Zott is uncompromising in everything she does. She refuses to conform to 1960s stereotypes about women’s roles which makes her a target in her workplace. An unconventional relationship, an amazing omniscient dog and a super-smart daughter make for a great storyline with lots of twists and turns. Elizabeth’s accidental career change from research chemist to the presenter of a cooking show on afternoon TV not only changes her life, but also those of her friends and her audience. In Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus adroitly blends humour with tragedy as well as tackling some serious issues. I would love to see Bonnie on a future Better Reading FaceBook Event to find about her inspiration for the storyline and such a great cast of characters. I can’t wait for the TV series! A must-read! Terese, TAS, 5 Stars

Loved this book and the quirky Elizabeth Zott. Her character is a very clever yet very naive natured person who breezes through situations not quite grasping the fallout. The story follows Zott through life and it’s many ups and downs that face her. People are constantly underestimating her and her capabilities and she is often surprised people don’t think as she does. This was a good, light hearted and enjoyable read. Sue, WA, 5 Stars

This was such a great read. The characters are relatable and authentic, and I became invested in what happened to them. The book made me think about stereotypes and how far we have come since the 1960s. Lessons in Chemistry is also a lesson in feminism. The writing in this book makes you want to keep turning the pages and find out what happens next. A delightful read that I would highly recommend. Julie, VIC, 5 Stars

I thought this was going to be a chick-lit, rom-com type read and figured I’d know how it was going to end from the first couple of chapters. I was so very wrong! I love this book. It’s empowering, raw, honest and beautiful. I loved reading it, staying up way too late many nights because I did not want to put it down. Elizabeth shows incredible strength and resilience, even after enduring horrific attacks and heartbreak. She’s a beacon of hope and I love that. Bek, NSW, 5 Stars

I could not put this book down. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – it is entertaining from beginning to end. So well written – It made me happy, sad and outraged. I will make sure all my friends read this book! Belinda, NSW, 5 Stars

Oh how I loved this book! I found the main character Elizabeth strong and her ideals and beliefs on equality definitely those to look up to. She was amusing but her young daughter Mad was hilarious especially her thoughts on the other kids in her class at school. Getting into the thoughts of her dog, Six Thirty (great name!) was a really nice touch also as all fellow dog lovers will agree. I think this is a very important book as, sadly, some of the old thinking regarding women in positions power and higher learning are still being challenged. Overall I found this an uplifting and inspiring read in amongst the moments of intense grief which was covered well and is a subject a lot shy away from. This is a sunning debut and am looking forward to reading much more from her. Faye, QLD, 5 Stars

An amazing book with such interesting characters and plot lines, this is an intriguing read. Elizabeth Zott is a chemist at Hasting Institute at the early 60s where women can’t actually be real chemists. She is unique, she doesn’t do favours, which makes the men not to like her. She is beautiful and attractive and make women envy her. A chance encounter with an introvert Calvin brings Madeleine (Mad for short) and six-thirty (a dog) into Elizabeth’s life. Fast forward to 10 years and now she is a single mother and the host of a cooking show. She is admired by many and hated by too many because her show has an additional ingredient: fighting against the patriarchy. It’s a heartwarming and interesting book with so many Laugh-Out-Loud moments that I enjoyed immensely! Fasmina, NSW, 5 Stars

I absolutely loved this book! The writing style was fresh, with short ,snappy chapters which made it easy to fly through the story. The characters were so quirky and engaging, from the feisty Elizabeth, who refuses to play by the “rules”, to the guilt stricken family dog, and precocious Mad. Such a fun read which I would highly recommend. I cannot wait to see this become a TV series. An excellent debut by Bonnie Garmus. Lee, VIC, 5 Stars

Set in the 1960’s when women were seen more as housewives than university graduates, and don’t even mention being a scientist. Elizabeth Zott was forced out of university and takes up an underpaying role as a research chemist at a Hastings Research Institute. Although performing the duties better than the men, they take advantage of her and pass on her research as their own. In a chance meeting with fellow Hastings scientist Calvin Evans, brilliant and famous Nobel Prize nominee, grudge holder, loner and rowing lover, a wonderful romance commences. Finding herself pregnant and alone, with the help of ‘Six Thirty’, she does the best she can. The scientist in her ensures her daughter has the best nutritional lunches for optimal development, she soon discovers another child is taking her lunches. A meeting with the father starts a more conventional career for a woman in the 60’s – a cooking show host. However Elizabeth has different ideas on what a cooking show host should be and lists all ingredients in their chemical form, wears a lab coat and makes every housewife watching know that she can be more. If this is Bonnie’s first novel, I can’t wait until the next one. This book is a must read. Nicole, VIC, 5 Stars

It’s the early 60s and the workplace is ripe with inequality, and blatant sexual harassment for any women who dares reach beyond the home. Highly educated scientist Elizabeth Zott is stuck in a workplace of toxic masculinity but, via an act of theft, becomes the (reluctant) star and household name of cooking show – Supper at Six. The characters! So vibrant, so layered! There’s Elizabeth – from the first page, and the cynical, though not untruthful, notes she slips into her daughter Mad’s lunchbox, I loved her. She’s blunt, unapologetic, and a bit dark. Mad, self-aware, undeniably above average and already affected by the time, is busy squashing down her genius because in her words being the first to do things ‘isn’t special, it’s just annoying.’ Then there’s Six-Thirty, their dog and narrator, who honestly could have had a book all his own. Garmus has an ability to take you from righteous anger to laugh out loud joy in the same paragraph. Yes, there are some comforting topics, rape, domestic violence, and the right to safety in the workplace, but overall Lessons in Chemistry was a clever, funny, and uncompromising story of life, love and living on your own terms. Alexandra, NSW, 5 Stars

Bonnie Garmus takes you on a journey to a time in history which will makes many of us grateful to be women in today’s society. I would say, we still have a way to go. In this book Elizabeth Zott in her own way is leading that charge in women’s rights and the valuable contribution women make to society. Elizabeth is a woman before her time and with her accidental no holds barred and direct approach to life, changed people and social norms. Lessons in Chemistry weaves science throughout its theme, but at its core, it’s about the human side of chemistry and how when worlds collide people can have both positively and negatively impact on each other and the people around us. Elizabeth needed just that one person to believe in her to make a change in her life and impact other people’s lives. Bonnie took chemistry and turned it into magic. I wasn’t sure I would even like this book given the title, but Lessons in Chemistry came as a delightful surprise to me and I absolutely love this book. Everyone needs a 6.30 in their life and every mother needs a moment to herself. Carrie-Anne, NSW, 5 Stars

If you don’t know who Bonnie Garmus is, you will by the end of 2022! Her brilliant, original debut novel “Lessons In Chemistry is the must read novel this year. It’s set in California in the male dominated 60’s where our heroine – Elizabeth Zott, a woman with a brilliant mind dares to live by her own rules while experiencing sexism, tragedy, love and humour along the way. Calvin Evans is the love of her life, the only person to treat her as an equal in a man’s world. “Elizabeth Zott, you are going to change the world!” Elizabeth quotes “We didn’t just click, we collided” Madeline (Mad) is the product of their relationship and Elizabeth’s focus to subsist. She faces adversity at every turn until she is offered a role as a tv cooking show host on “Supper at Six”, where she changes the ordinary housewives way of thinking with one chemistry (cooking) lesson at a time! This story is about so much more with very realistic characters, and it would be a shame not to allow the reader to discover this for themselves. This quirky story is hard to put down and I have no doubt that it will be made into a film. Julie, NSW, 5 Stars

Without doubt Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus will be one of my 2022 top reads. It’s original and creative; a refreshing and delightful mix of quirky, humorous, and sincere. It’s the early 1960s and having been effectively barred from a career in science, Elizabeth Zott (a woman and a single mother – gasp!) finds herself the reluctant host of a live TV cooking show. Elizabeth soon becomes the housewife’s superhero with not only her pragmatic and scientific approach to cooking, but her respect of them as intelligent women performing an unappreciated role. Things are a little more chaotic in her personal life. She is struggling with episodes of depression, her daughter is insatiably curious about the concept of family, her boss is forever pleading with her to be ‘normal’, and her neighbour is (at first) equal parts judgmental and jealous of Elizabeth. As the story progresses, Elizabeth and her motley crew – including a dog named six-thirty – become a family of sorts. They learn from each other, they lean on each other, and they help each other. A captivating story from debut author Bonnie Garmus. I am eagerly waiting to see what she brings us next. Merilin, NSW, 5 Stars

Meet Elizabeth Zott; brilliant chemist, unwed mother and unconventional TV star. Set in the 50’s and 60’s; ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ gives a unique, humorous and at times sad look into Elizabeth’s life. The books shows how difficult, near impossible, it was for a woman to follow a scientific career without intimidation and prejudice from her male colleagues. Elizabeth holds her own though. Elizabeth meets Calvin Evans, famous chemist who is unconventional himself. Calvin, an unwilling Nobel Prize nominee and rower, sees Elizabeth as a equal. They are in perfect alignment and fall in love. Elizabeth is sacked from her job and as luck would have it becomes the star of a new tv cooking show. She doesn’t tow the line as the executives would like. Instead she wants to teach chemistry and hope to women and show them they are worthwhile. I loved six-thirty (Elizabeth’s dog) who knows hundreds of words. I really enjoyed reading his thoughts. Overall an enjoyable read. Helen, QLD, 5 Stars

Chemistry is change and courage is the root of change. Whether she is aware of it or not, Elizabeth Zott is courageous. She is a female chemist at the time when society says a woman’s place is in the home. Elizabeth finds love and scientific acceptance in Calvin Evans, but this is cut short and she must find a way to support herself and her child. Presenting a cooking show is not the scientific life she envisioned. Elizabeth applies her chemistry knowledge to cooking, using scientific names, explaining the science behind methods, all the while challenging the stereotypes of women to her viewers, and somehow it works! Elizabeth’s quirkiness has made her feel excluded and alone her whole life, but I love the way she sees the world through the lens of science and that she stays true to who she is regardless of what society expects. This example influences those around her to make changes in their lives, some funny, some tender. Elizabeth’s journey made me laugh and cry as she learns she is not as alone as she thought but is surrounded by people who love and support her for who she is. Sonia, VIC, 5 Stars

What an inspiring and enjoyable book! I loved the unique way this story went about drawing attention to empowering women. I haven’t read a book like it. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to become invested in the interesting life of a brave and inspiring woman. Daneka, QLD, 5 Stars

If you are a fan of characters like Sheldon Cooper or Eleanor Oliphant, you are going to love Elizabeth & Mad Zott! Elizabeth Zott is a quirky character determined to make her own mark on the world. As a female scientist in the 1960s, she is constantly discriminated against and does all she can to challenge the status quo. She has strong views on the rights of women and doesn’t believe in ”going with the flow”’. She often expresses herself in very blunt or seemingly inappropriate ways. Through her cooking show, she finds an avenue to educate and empower homemakers, teaching them not only how to cook but also to believe in themselves and put themselves first. I found this book incredibly witty and often found I was smiling or laughing to myself. I loved every minute of this story and can’t wait to watch the tv version. Thanks to Better Reading for an advance copy of this book to review. Belinda, NSW, 5 Stars

This story is set in a time I know well and thoroughly enjoyed it. What a strong woman is Elizabeth Zott. Sexism was alive and well throughout this tale but she seemed to thrive on adversity and hurdles thrown her way. How I wish I could be someone who says what she thinks and doesn’t worry about the consequences. The romance woven into the story is real and heart-wrenching at times but Mad is a gift of that love. Mad’s intelligence and resourcefulness in tracking down answers to her father’s early life, is amazingly assisted by Six Thirty which adds a quirky twist to this mystery. Elizabeth’s thoughts on faith are enlightening and to read Wakeley’s thoughts, from a ministers perspective, was unexpected but this world has many questions which demand answers and faith often fails to satisfy. Harriet brought a stability and friendship to the Zott household and gave me a few laughs. Wonderful read and awaiting the next book. Shelley, NSW, 5 Stars

This book was magnificent. Covered so many hard-hitting issues such as feminism, religion, equality in an engaging and entertaining way. Would love for my daughter to read this book when she is older to teach her how far we have come as women and that her opportunities really are limitless. Justine, NSW, 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this highly original tale. The cast of characters is interesting and quite quirky and the issues that it tackles are sadly still relevant to women in 2022. Our hero Elizabeth is fierce, intelligent and loving to those who deserve it. The way that the rest of the characters see her and interact with her was a true highlight of the book. Highly recommended read to all. Lisa, QLD, 5 Stars

A great plot with unique and relatable characters all make up a fantastic story in Lessons in Chemistry. Elizabeth Zott never gives up on being herself and manages to motivate so many others to do the same – the whole book was very inspiring. The descriptions of the fabulous cooking also often made me hungry. One addition could be an accompanying Lessons in Chemistry recipe book to share all of Elizabeth’s interesting recipes. Though perhaps you’d also need a home laboratory in which to cook them! The only disadvantage of this book was that I read it too quickly, which certainly left me wanting more. I would welcome the return of Elizabeth Zott and her friends in a future book. Katie, NSW, 5 Stars

Lessons in Chemistry was a fascinating read that captured the sexism of the era well. I found the science part of the book interesting and even learnt a few things! This book was witty with great characters and it covered a number of topics including love, loss, cooking and of course science. I highly recommend it. Bernard, NSW, 5 Stars

Elizabeth Zott is unconventional. In the world of the 1960’s, it’s not okay to be clever or aspirational. It’s not cool to work. It’s not cool to not want to marry. However, Elizabeth is strong and uncompromising, and reader’s will fall in love with her story, champion her efforts and sympathise with her trials. Bonnie Garmus has been able to capture a time when women were beginning to step out of their boundaries and look to their futures in this heartwarming tale. The reader will take a journey through frustration, happiness and sadness and will no doubt fall in love with Elizabeth’s character, while taking a deep look at the society and social conventions which surround us even now. Karina, QLD, 5 Stars

In 2022 Elizabeth Zott would be labelled a ‘feminist’ but in the 1950’s she simply calls herself a ‘scientist’. Baffled at society’s belief that women’s purpose is housekeeping and child rearing she knows they can offer so much more. This is just a fact- an evidence based truth! Zott’s wonderful world is revealed through her (somewhat detached) scientific observations. The reader experiences her love, passion and heartbreak. Such an enjoyable read. May we all find a little Elizabeth Zott in our existence! Amy, NSW, 5 Stars

I adored this book from the first page to the last – from wry observations from a learned dog to strong feminist ideals, this book was true entertainment. The cast of characters are brought to life to share a heart warming story of an unconventional family in 1960s America. Elizabeth Zott is a chemist first, an also a bonafide TV star, and a (at times reluctant) mother. A delight! Cathy, VIC, 5 Stars

Lessons in Chemistry is a beautiful refreshing breathe of fresh air. It’s a strikingly humorous and peculiar love story that includes a deeper layers. The writing style is smart and engrossing with entertaining description. I laughed out loud many times!! I appreciated the reliability of the characters, Elizabeth, Calvin, Mad, Harriot and Six-Thirty the dog. Elizabeth is a chemist in the 1960s and struggled to prove herself to her male colleagues. She meets scientist Calvin and romance blossoms. A few years later she is a single mum and searching for a new career. She gets a job as host of a cooking show and takes the show on a different tangent that incorporates chemistry. Oh it’s so funny! I recommend this book to readers interested in something unexpected, unique, hilarious and a real emotional ride. Samantha, QLD, 5 Stars

For a debut novel Bonnie Garmus, has written a best seller. I was not sure what to expect but from the first page I was totally absorbed in Elizabeth Zott and her life. Elizabeth is a scientist and every thing in her life revolves around chemistry.she knows exactly what she wants and where she wants to go. So of course she upsets the males in her research unit big time, at that time men did not want to acknowledge women could be scientists to. The book starts where Elizabeth is at today hosting a TV show Supper at Six. It is a roaring success even though she teaches it as a chemistry lesson. We then move back in time and the story fills in who she is and why she is hosting this show. Calvin Evans come into her life they are well matched but no one else understands that. This book is so absorbing and interesting , the story flows so well I couldn’t stop reading. Wonderful ending and all I can say is don’t be put off by the chemistry you too will understand it all. Highly recommended. Janet, QLD, 5 Stars

I loved this book! I want to meet Elizabeth! The book is full of memorable characters, from a very bright chemist (but don’t let that stop you reading), her very bright child and their very smart dog.. for starters. Lessons in Chemistry is a captivating story which seems like light read but which deals with serious issues of love and self worth. I’m pretty sure the main character Elizabeth Zott is on the spectrum! She is fixed in her ways, stubborn, a literal listener, but thoroughly likeable. I laughed out loud and read it over two evenings, wishing there was a a sequel as soon as I read the last words. It does have a mystery which readers will solve long before lead character twigs. I highly recommend this book. I am going to buy two more copies as gifts for friends! Nell, NSW, 5 Stars

Lessons in Chemistry is a delightful and original story of hope and staying true to yourself. It is laugh-out-loud funny and I did indeed LO. The tale is a plea for rationalism. It addresses gender equality and is highly entertaining yet underneath it is observant and intelligent as it details a difficult life of courage and love. Mara, NSW, 5 Stars

This was a very entertaining story, I really enjoyed reading it . The author kept my attention at all times and I felt it was extremely well written. Kathleen, NSW, 5 Stars

Such a wonderful book, very well written. You can’t help but love Elizabeth and admire the way she shakes it up. Through adversity she shines. Emma, QLD, 4 Stars

Quirky, witty and cleverly written, this is a great read. A celebration of a special woman in the 60s who dared to be different and made a difference despite the struggles of the times. Michelle, NSW, 4 Stars

I love what Bonnie Garmus has done in giving us Elizabeth Zott. She is intelligent, brave and quirky. Once I started the book I didn’t want to put it down, it was a wonderful read that kept me interested the whole way through. Being in my 30s now, I wasn’t fully aware of the struggle of being a woman in the 1960s and admired how strong Elizabeth was through it all. Mel, WA, 4 Stars

What a great read. The combination of Chemistry and how it fits into all things related to what we do, such as cooking. I found it a very enjoyable read and absolutely adored Six Thirty’s Role. I only wish I had a dog that was so clever and smart. Bonnie has done very well with the storyline and everything she interwove with the story. Annette, NSW, 4 Stars

Lessons in Chemistry is a surprisingly enjoyable novel. I love books that involve things that I know nothing about! The main character of the book is a scientist but the book is more about relationships and family. It surprised me with some shocking scenes that pop out of nowhere though! Some parts leave you gobsmacked and some leave you teary. It is a great emotional book. It’s style is quite different and refreshing. It’s also an epic novel which I love. I always hate getting to the end of a good book. If you love family drama with shocks and emotional ups and downs then you will love this one! Raymond, WA, 4 Stars

I both loved and hated this. It’s funny, it’s heartfelt but light hearted, it covers big topics (women’s lib), the characters are well thought out and well rounded. It loses major points for purporting to be set in the 1950s and yet every household has a tv, DNA has been discovered, children play with Barbies, toys are made of plastic, there is no mention of WWII or other contextual historical events, except for a brief mention of Rosa Parks. I struggled to fall into the time period at all when it felt very modern, and the research Elizabeth was conducting is very present day. Or at the very least had it’s boom in the 1970s and 80s. Cute and amusing, read if you enjoyed The Rosie Project or Where’d You Go, Bernadette for that quirky but real observational analysis of relationships, marriage, work and life. Claire, VIC, 4 Stars

Initially I wasn’t sure if this book was for me but once I got into the story I really enjoyed it. The book dealt with the social issues of this era well and didn’t try and gloss over some of the terrible treatment that women ensured. Single mothers, unfair work conditions and the view that woman’s place was in the home were all highlights and the sexual abuse that occurred in the catholic church was not omitted. The characters were well drawn and you either loved or hated them. Our heroine Elizabeth was well educated and forthright and for society at that time she must have seemed confronting as she didn’t fit in the standard mould. Walter, Dr Mason and Rev. Wakely showed kindness and compassion for Elizabeth and were not at all judgemental whereas others were far less tolerant. Anyone who has children or pets will find Mad and Six Thirty very easy to relate to and who wouldn’t want a Harriet in their life? It was an enjoyable read. Many people like to side with the underdog and this was in essence a story of good versus evil. It was well written and had humour from start to finish. Kate, QLD, 4 Stars

It’s hard to imagine that it was only 60 odd years ago when the western world experienced it’s second wave of feminism; a rise against the housewife ideal in the hopes of reversing the cultural norm where women were believed to be inferior to men. At its extremities, it was a world where men overtly undermined women at every possible opportunity — and often ended up getting away with it. In Elizabeth Zott’s case, it’s a world that she lives in daily. She is a highly educated scientist, a brilliant one in fact, but is treated like a second-class citizen by her male colleagues and superiors. She experiences all manner of injustices aimed at belittling her intellect as a woman. So this may seem like a really serious book about some very problematic issues that were at the forefront of the 1960s feminist movement — rape, reproductive rights, domestic violence and workplace safety, all of which happen to play out in Elizabeth’s world — but it was actually quite the opposite. Lessons in Chemistry is a well-developed and funny satire, written in this offbeat, quirky style that reminded me of Desperate Housewives and Pleasantville. Some things were just simply so blunt, so ridiculously outrageous, it really made me laugh out loud. It’s filled with both endearing and despicable characters; my favourite being Six-Thirty, Elizabeth’s super smart, incredibly loyal dog who honestly needs his own spin-off story. Although satirical in nature, Lessons in Chemistry is really a lesson in humanity. Female oppression, not only by men but also by other self-serving women who believe that in order to get by they need to play by the rules of the patriarchy. Female empowerment, through self-belief and a good dose of courage. And you’ve got to love a female protagonist that won’t take 💩 from anyone. This is a colourful, hilarious debut, one that would appeal to a lot of readers. Monica, NSW, 4 Stars

Set in the 1960s, Chemist, Elizabeth Zott not respected in her profession finds herself unmarried and pregnant with the passing of her partner Calvin Evans. Zott is then fired from her role at the research centre due to her frowned upon “situation” Zott goes on to having a child naming her Mad. The story follows Elizabeth and Mad and the family dog Five Thirty, over the years where Elizabeth finds herself but accident the tv host of a afternoon cooking show, Supper at Six where she educates stay at home housewives in preparing the evening meal using science while encouraging women to demand more in life. I have to say I took a while to warm up to this book, but by halfway I was invested. I follows themes of equal rights, a mans world, unseen women roles, unplanned pregnancy’s adoption and education of women. I would recommend this to a reader who enjoys the set era and strong female leads I could see a lot of similarities to Where’d You Go Bernette in the writing style and science reference. Crystal, TAS, 3 Stars

Elizabeth Zott is a woman ahead of her time. A research scientist in 1950’s America, she has spent her life swimming against the current in a male-dominated world. By 1961, she is a single mother working as a TV cooking show presenter on a regional network, but still she refuses to conform to the expectations of society. She aims to bring society around to her way of thinking – one housewife at a time. Lessons in Chemistry takes us inside Elizabeth’s world, filled with her gifted daughter Mad and equally gifted dog Six-Thirty, along with an array of allies and enemies. While there are plenty of quirky characters and some moments of insightful writing and humour, the story was disjointed as it jumped between timeframes and narrators. The feminist message was clear but was all too shallow and predictable. The resolution undermined any genuine feminist ideals the book may have held. Gem, NSW, 3 Stars

Just reading the books title and not the blurb my immediate thought was the chemistry of a relationship but this was so much more. Calvin and Elizabeth were both scientists but as was the norm in the 1960s her work was not recognised. After a rocky start love blossomed and so they were sharing everything but marriage was not on the cards for Elizabeth. A strong feminist she takes on anyone who tells her she cant do anything. Her love of cooking led to her hosting a cooking show [with a difference] on television where she promoted THE POWER OF WOMEN to her audience. Her relationship with daughter MAD and six thirty the dog was also unusual. There is a twist in the story at the end but you will have to find out yourself what it is. Jill, VIC, 3 Stars


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        Lessons in Chemistry
        Bonnie Garmus
        07 March, 2023


        Voted at #2 in the Better Reading Top 100 of 2023...

        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.

        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 change the status quo.

        Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.

        Bonnie Garmus
        About the author

        Bonnie Garmus

        Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter/creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She is an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two wonderful daughters. Most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

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