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Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry Hardcover – Oct 9 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking USA (Oct. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670018228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670018222
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #689,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the author, an American journalist and software executive working in London, is sacked from her high-powered job, she enrolls as a student at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris. With limited cooking skills and grasp of the French language, she gamely attempts to master the school's challenging curriculum of traditional French cuisine. As if she didn't have enough on her plate eviscerating fish and knocking out pâtéà choux, she determines to write a book about her experience and gets married along the way. The result is a readable if sentimental chronicle of that year in Paris in which her love life is explored in great detail, dirty weekends and all, and cooking features as a metaphor for self-discovery. Some readers may feel disappointed that the narrator's encounters with French cookery remain largely confined to her lessons at the Cordon Bleu. On those rare occasions when she ventures into the food-obsessed city, the descriptions of meals are glancing at best. Although her struggles with the language and lack of knowledge about the culture lend comic elements to the story (once, trying to order a pizza over the phone, she said, Je suis une pizza—I am a pizza), they, too, constrain the author's culinary explorations. (Oct.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Ross on Dec 16 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn.

One of the joys of being a book lover is that people always can find me great birthday presents. Especially true since I have lots and lots of different interests. These presents have formed the kernels of dozens of collections, everything from mountaineering to nishigoi to Antarctica to book collecting itself.

A few years ago I attended a week long Boot Camp course at the Culinary Institute of America, and published my notes on the Internet. As a result, I have a collection of books on attending cooking schools, and this is one of the very best of the genre. Kathleen Flinn is a very experienced writer with a 1000 articles to her credit. She got fired from a job and decided to take a year off to attend Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I am absolutely delighted that she did so -- and then used her writing skills to put together this funny, informative, joyous love story -- for food, for learning, for Paris, for a partner. A wonderful read.

Very highly recommended.

Flinn has followed up with a one way blog on Amazon in which she reports on her recent activities, in particular her current book tour, including a recent interview on the Leonard Lopate show. She came across as a charming, down to earth, fascinating person on the radio. She also maintains an excellent web page, which includes some of her recipes from her book.

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Lapin ou poulet à la moutarde
Rabbit or chicken with mustard sauce

You can make this dish with either rabbit or bone-in chicken thighs. Rabbit is similar to the dark meat of chicken, but with a gamier flavor.
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By CLH on April 20 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had read a favourable review of this book in the newspaper just before Christmas, so decided to buy it for both my mom and my mother-in-law as gifts. They both really enjoyed the book. Of course then I read it for myself, and agree wholeheartedly. This book will make you long for Paris, and to follow those dreams you may have put on the shelf...
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By Janet Pole TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 5 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is interesting and funny.It is one of those books that make you laugh out loud ... as proven for me at work when I was trying to look like I was working but was actually devouring this book.

SO BUSTED.

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I loved the idea, that this girl reported on how it would be to go to The famous cordon Blue School. Her descriptions were entertaining, and sometimes I want a book that makes light of things, and makes me laugh. I never knew what was coming next, and the romance was delightful as well. I thought it was well written and left me wansting a bit more. that is a good sign for me!
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