Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus

  • Release Date: 2022-04-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 12,284 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GMA BOOK CLUB PICK 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. • APPLE TV+ SERIES COMING LATER THIS YEAR 

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

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.


  • Excellent

    By cuylygirrl73
    I really enjoyed this book. Well written, interesting, entertaining and fun. I liked all the characters and was excited to see where it all was going.
  • Great read

    By samm book
    Lite and funny. The narrative from the dog was entertaining and heartfelt.
  • Excellent book!

    By Sparks80
    Loved this book from beginning to end!
  • Empowering & Impactful

    By Uncbree
    Best book I’ve read all year. I feel as though I can do anything in my career and maybe even learn how to bake simultaneously! This story weaved in so many beautiful elements about love, family, and friendship and really blessed my soul.
  • Couldn’t put it down.

    By Isaura05
    Such a great story. Even though the story is set in earlier times, the topics are still relevant today. A must read.
  • Fabulous read

    By Patmedartfree
    Funny and full of fire,
  • A Page Burner…

    By SpeciaK239
    Very compelling…
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By RobinComp
    Best novel I’ve read in years. Truly inspirational.
  • Absolutely fantastic from start to finish

    By Cindyloo62
    What a delightful, engaging story. Finished in 2 days. Haven’t read a book and found a character this entertaining in a long time. Can’t wait to see who will play the magnificent Elizabeth Zott on-screen!
  • Insightful and humorous

    By Paris viewer
    What a wonderfully surprising read!