ABOUT THE BOOK
‘Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here’ ELIZABETH ZOTT
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. 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.
Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.
Encore, Encore, I need more of this. It is an incredible story. If you like different, this is for you. If you like excellent writing, this is for you. I want everyone to read this. The opening chapter is bizarre in the most hypnotic way. By the time I had read the first six sentences, I was mesmerised by every word that followed. Of course, my brain was still trying to keep up with the uniqueness of the dialogue. This wasn’t how people I knew got up. My stomach did a little flip. I already knew that this would become one of my all-time favourite books, that I will read, time and time again. I wasn’t wrong.
Set in the 1950s and 1960s, Elizabeth Zott had an incredible scientific mind, but it wasn’t welcomed. She scared male scientists because women were only capable of, running a home and having children. Because obviously, women brains were not like a mans. But they wanted her ideas, theories and explanations. If it came down to it, no one would believe that the ideas were hers.
I chuckled when she met the love of her life. What an amazing couple they were. They were the perfect match and quite before their time. Elizebeth could achieve incredible things so long as she could break them down scientifically. 6.30 is an incredible character, and yes, that is his name. Elizebeth and Calvin, her partner, shared their tragic life stories. And it makes you love them both, but there was worst to come. Much, much, worse.
This is an epic journey, a beautifully written story that made me laugh, feel frustrated, angry, cry and punch the air. I need more, but I know there won’t be any. It is unique. It is Elizebeth Zott.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BONNIE GARMUS is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.
–This text refers to the hardcover edition.