Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus

  • Release Date: 2022-04-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 3,463 Ratings


A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, NPR, Bookpage, Kirkus • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • 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

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.


  • Perfect

    By Blissisberg
    Amazing! Just solved Christmas gifts for all my female family members and friends. Truth with humor and compelling narrative.
  • Outstanding book

    By Pdubs71
    Captivating, funny, sad and ultimately a joyful take on what it means to be a mom, a scientist, a lover and a human being.
  • A magical book!

    By Janehowze
    You have to suspend belief but I loved this book.
  • Soul satisfying read

    By D_Campbell
    Life changing- could not put it down….
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By Dead woman
    A captivating read. Smart, thoughtful and so much more
  • A Bittersweet Adventure

    By AllyDanB
    From the first page, the reader is captured by Elizabeth Zott. Her story is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. I loved every moment!
  • Fresh Air

    By Woman from Malvia
    Fall 2022: the climate deterioration, our political fabric disintegrating, the social landscape of conflict, intolerance and hatred makes depression settle in and not budge. Lessons in Chemistry brought levity, treated poignant, tragic issues with surgical clarity and the clever prose was genuine relief. Loved every minute spent reading it.
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By mahh60
    One of the best books I have read EVER
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By jmkl.c
    Brilliantly written. Intellectually the best read in many years. Humor. YES!! What’s next my new most favorite artist author?
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By tess5633
    I loved this book. It made me laugh out loud at times and then you would get hit with a gut wrenching scene. I loved how the characters were intertwined throughout the story. Excellent book!