The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.
Finally! I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, and I just never took the time to pick it up and read it. Had I known this beautiful gem of a book was on my shelf, I would have read it long ago.
The book takes us to Lillian's restaurant, where on Monday nights, she gives cooking classes. We meet her and her students, and learn about them, why they are there, what they take from the class.
The writing is absolutely wonderful, simple and elegant, and so descriptive that you can almost feel, smell, and taste the food.
Books this lovely are rare, and well worth the read.