What We’re Reading: Lessons in Chemistry

We read the book Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus late last year and can’t believe we’ve waited this long to write about it on nwaMotherlode.com. It is SO FREAKING GOOD. If you haven’t read it yet, now is the perfect time.

Why? Because soon the book that millions of us love will come to life as a series on Apple TV starting on October 13, 2023. I’m praying the TV version does this incredible book justice. The cast looks amazing, and I hope they don’t leave out a single thing because I loved every minute of the book. I’ve recommended it to so many friends. The audio version is also incredible, and I switched back and forth between reading and listening.

Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming Apple TV series:

If you’re one of those people who definitely want to read the book BEFORE you see the series or movie version, do it now. We’re guessing you’ll love it like we did. And if you’re a dog-lover like us, be prepared to totally fall in love with one of the main characters.

Here’s a quick synopsis from Amazon:

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 change the status quo.

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.

What we love about it:

There are so many things to love about this book, but the main character, Elizabeth, has to be our favorite. She’s not a touchy-feely character, but you can’t help but love her strength, intellect, and sheer determination. We also love that she knows a good dog when she sees one.

There are more than 212,000 reviews of this book on Amazon, and it earns a 4.5 star rating. Click here to see more of what readers love about it. 

Hope you’re able to finish the book before the series debut! Happy reading!