Lessons in Chemistry

A Novel

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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Meet Elizabeth Zott: “a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention” (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show. This novel is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel” (The New York Times Book Review) and “witty, sometimes hilarious...the Catch-22 of early feminism.” (Stephen King, via Twitter)
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Oprah Daily, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek

“The most delightful novel I read this year...fresh and surprising...I laughed out loud!” Philip Galanes, The New York Times

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

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.

Fiction & Literature
April 5
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

hey Hem ,

A must read for women in the workplace

What an amazing book. To be Elizabeth Zott in the 1950s and to go through such a incredible career. The state of Women in science in the US is still not where it should be. We have come a long way but we are not there yet.its a beautifully written book!

squid mom ,

Love the book

Unbelievable book. I couldn’t put it down. It made me think about how far women have come yet how much further we need to go.

Speckrazy ,

Awesome book!!

Loved this book, it was so well written! I was sad to finish it! Everyone should read it!

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