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Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here
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. Forced to resign, she reluctantly signs on as the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six. But her revolutionary approach to cooking, fuelled by scientific and rational commentary, grabs the attention of a nation.
Soon, a legion of overlooked housewives find themselves daring to change the status quo. One molecule at a time.
‘Laugh-out-loud funny and brimming with life, generosity and courage’ RACHEL JOYCE
'A novel that sparks joy with every page' ELIZABETH DAY
'I loved Lessons in Chemistry and am devastated to have finished it!' NIGELLA LAWSON
© Bonnie Garmus 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you love midcentury aesthetics—but can do without the misogyny—Elizabeth Zott is the heroine for you. The 1960s chemist is unapologetic and brilliant, but sexism in her field makes it near impossible to advance. What a surprise, then, that an offer to host a cooking show turns out to be just the opportunity Elizabeth’s been waiting for. We love Bonnie Garmus’ precise, honest, no-nonsense protagonist, a single mother who initially agrees to her new gig solely to provide for her smart 10-year-old daughter, Madeline. Elizabeth approaches her job at Supper at Six in her unique way, hosting in a lab coat, giving proper chemical names for ingredients, and encouraging her viewers to take their dreams, abilities and intelligence 100 percent seriously. Miranda Raison’s cool and matter-of-fact narration perfectly captures Elizabeth’s steely charm, as well as debut novelist Garmus’ sly humour. A vintage dramedy with a wicked-smart 21st-century spin, Lessons in Chemistry is a gem.