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Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry Unabridged Compact Disc [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Kathleen Flinn
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Oct. 9 2007
A true story of food, Paris, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

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Starred Review. Flinn's engaging account of her studies at famed French cooking school Le Cordon Bleu should strike a chord with anyone who has dreamed of leaving the rat race and following a passion for food. The main course, Flinn's narrative of her trials and triumphs as she moves through the three levels of cuisine, is supplemented by plentiful helpings of drama, romance and near-tragedy in her personal life. Cassandra Campbell's reading is superlative: her American accent for Flinn slides gracefully into French, French-accented English and various accents for other international students. Her voice also exactly captures Flinn's shifting emotions, from fear and paralysis when facing the "Gray Chef" and resentment of selfish classmates, to pleasure when she wins praise for a well-prepared sauce and joy when she realizes she is starting to understand French better. Foodies and memoir fans will be enchanted. Each chapter ends with a recipe (which all helpfully appear in PDF on a separate disc). Simultaneous release with the Viking hardcover (Reviews, June 25).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Excellent! Sept. 5 2008
By Janet Pole TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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By Dee Mae
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kathleen Flinn has done a fine job balancing her story about attending Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. She provides highlights of the lessons of cooking in an informative and memorable way, even including a Cordon Bleu recipe in each chapter. She offers plenty of humor about her failings and the foibles of her sometimes-eccentric chef-teachers and classmates. And she imparts unexpected yet welcome warmth and gentle pathos in writing about her relationship with her partner and living in Paris, just enough to be interesting. (She avoids the over-long syrupy prattle of Eat, Pray, Love.) Her book engages, teaches, and entertains from start to finish.
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