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Lessons in Chemistry

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • A must-listen debut! Meet Elizabeth Zott: a “formidable, unapologetic and inspiring” (PARADE) scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this novel that is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel. It reminds you that change takes time and always requires heat” (The New York Times Book Review).

"A unique heroine ... you'll find yourself wishing she wasn’t fictional." —Seattle Times

Elizabeth Zott is a chemist, but not the typical female. There is no such thing as an average woman, as Elizabeth Zott is the first to note. But since her Hastings Research Institute staff is entirely male and it is the early 1960s, their perspective on equality is somewhat unscientific. With one exception: Calvin Evans, a smart, lonesome grudge-holder nominated for a Nobel Prize who falls in love with her mind of all things. The outcomes of true chemistry.

But life is unpredictable, just like science. Because of this, Elizabeth Zott discovers herself to be a single mother and the unwilling star of Supper at Six, one of America's most popular cooking programs, a few years later. Elizabeth's novel method of cooking—combining a tablespoon of acetic acid with a dash of sodium chloride—proves to be ground-breaking. But not everyone is pleased as her fan base expands. Elizabeth Zott isn't simply teaching women how to cook, it turns out. She is daring them to change the situation.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist

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Elizabeth Zott lived in a decade that was marked by great social, political, and cultural change. Born in 1942, she was an ordinary woman who lived an ordinary life, but was anything but ordinary.

Elizabeth was raised in a traditional household where the woman's place was in the kitchen. She was taught how to cook from a young age and was expected to marry and become a homemaker. However, Elizabeth was different. She was a free spirit who was not content with the life that was laid out for her. She wanted more.

It was a time of great change for women. The feminist movement was gaining momentum, and women were demanding equal rights and opportunities. Elizabeth was inspired by the women's movement and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. She enrolled in culinary school and worked hard to master the art of cooking.

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The decade was a time of great cultural and musical change. Rock 'n' roll was the soundtrack of her life, and she was a fan of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. She loved to dance and listen to music and was always the life of the party.

In 1965, Elizabeth graduated from culinary school and started working as a chef. She was a natural in the kitchen and quickly rose through the ranks. She became a head chef at a prestigious restaurant and was known for her innovative dishes and unique culinary style.

However, Elizabeth's love also led her astray. She became involved with drugs and alcohol and her once bright future started to fade. Her behavior became erratic and she was soon fired from her job.

Elizabeth realized that she had hit rock bottom and decided to turn her life around. She went to rehab and got clean. She found a new job as a line cook and worked her way back up. She was determined to make a fresh start and put her past behind her.

In 1970, Elizabeth married a man she met in rehab and they started a family. She gave up her dream of being a chef and became a homemaker. She raised her children and was a loving wife, but she never forgot her love of cooking.

Life taught her that its message is not always easy, but it's important to never give up. She may have lost her dream of being a chef, but she found love, family, and peace.

Elizabeth Zott was a reflection of the decade's social, political, and cultural changes. She was a woman who lived life to the fullest and followed her dreams, but she also learned the hard way about the consequences of her actions. Her story is a reminder that life is a journey full of ups and downs, but it's never too late to start over and make a fresh start.

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