I had mixed feelings about this book at first, but by the middle I thought Elizabeth Zott was an interesting and strong character. I gave this book four out of five stars. Careful, this review has spoilers!
Set in the late 50s and early 60s, this book follows Elizabeth Zott who is a chemist. After becoming a young single mother, she changes her career path and becomes the host of a cooking show. I was surprised that we lose Elizabeth’s love interest so early on in the book. I was confused at first because the dog, Six Thirty was narrating so I didn’t know if it was him or Calvin who got hit. Yes, the dog was one of the many narrators of the book which I found intriguing and I caught myself wondering what my own dog thinks about me!
I recently wrote this summary in my WWW Wednesday series. You can read about the other books I’ve currently been reading here. Elizabeth has always loved chemistry and finds that even though she’s not in her lab anymore, she’s able to connect with her fellow female viewers by making her show a place to discuss the struggle for empowerment and the many times women go unnoticed in the workforce. By creating this space on her cooking show, the women feel seen and heard and are inspired to do things they thought were impossible simply because they are a woman. I think that everyone should read this book. It brought up tough subjects and it shows what women go through and how women were treated and are sometimes still treated today. Elizabeth Zott’s dry sense of humor and to the point attitude made her a strong leading character. The reader gets to hear from every character and their points of view. I thought it was a great read.
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