Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus

  • Release Date: 2022-04-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 8,949 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.


  • Nice read but

    By alt trader
    The best line in the book is “some things needed to stay in the past because the past is the only place it makes sense” no truer words spoken. Comparing 20th (or earlier) century people to 21st century standards is how we ruin minds. Nice read.
  • Loved it!

    By ABQBlythe
    To the person so offended, keep in mind you have no information regarding the author’s religious preferences. It’s a work of fiction. If she wrote inside the head of a serial killer would you assume she’s a killer too? And this book was set in the 60’s. Why should it speak to what’s happening now? And don’t think we’ve made that many strides with the backward and sexist trends happening now. This book was smart and engrossing. Meant for smart readers, I guess.
  • Great book 2023

    By Nickyminaj92
    good book
  • Cooking is Chemistry

    By AnnSugar
    Well written - interesting characters
  • Inspiring, invigorating, and moving in a way that stays with you.

    By Sususususususu1111
    Because everyone doesn’t read, this book needs to be made into a movie. There are lessons in it everyone should learn.
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By Terwatina
    Wow! The author is such a snob when it comes to those who believe in God. In her opinion anyone who believes in God is a freaking delusional idiot. I respect her right to be an atheist and I wish that she would respect those of us who believe in God. Regarding the feminism issues brought up in the book- did you know we have laws about that now? But the sense one gets from the book is that these battles have not been won. But I have heard that women can achieve anything they want …except regarding sports. If you are a woman who has spent her whole life working to excel in her sport, it can be usurped by someone with the strength and endurance of a male.
  • Both heartbreaking and funny

    By @Adrienne.
    Best book I’ve read in 2023.
  • Loved it

    By GroovyChickkm
    Caught myself chuckling out loud a few times. Loved the main character
  • Loved it!

    By E.A.S.T
    One of the best books I’ve read in awhile!
  • Great book

    By quittellmethenicknameistaken
    We read this for book club, plenty to talk about in this book and I learned a lot. I hope the author writes more, really enjoyed this book.