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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #820,554 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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I can never get enough of true stories about people who stop in the middle of their life's journey to ask, What do I really want?' and then have the guts to actually go get it. Kathleen Flinn's tale of chasing her ultimate dream makes for a really lovely book engaging, intelligent and surprisingly suspenseful.
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"
"The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry" is an engaging story about a fantasy fulfilled. It's Under the Tuscan Sun goes to cooking school.
Michael Ruhlman, author of "The Soul of a Chef"
Although I can't cook my way out of a "sac de papier," I found this book a joy to read. It's is a compelling story about learning to cook and learning to love at the same time, told with humility, humor and passion.
Bill Radke, host of public radio's "Weekend America"
Kat Flynns vivid story of her adventures at Le Cordon Bleu Paris had me smiling page after page. It's about what you should always think about in the pressure behind a hot stove the pure romance of cooking.
Jerry Traunfeld, author of "The Herbfarm Cookbook" and "The Herbal Kitchen"

a An engaging story about a fantasy fulfilled. Itas "Under the Tuscan Sun" goes to cooking school.a
aMichael Ruhlman, author of "The Elements of Cooking" and "The Soul of a Chef"
a A joy to read . . . A compelling story about learning to cook and learning to love at the same time, told with humility, humor, and passion.a
aBill Radke, host of NPRas "Weekend America"
a This tasty offering . . . seems destined to earn an honored place on the crowded bookshelves of many foodie readers.a
a"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

An engaging story about a fantasy fulfilled. It s "Under the Tuscan Sun" goes to cooking school.
Michael Ruhlman, author of "The Elements of Cooking" and "The Soul of a Chef"
A joy to read . . . A compelling story about learning to cook and learning to love at the same time, told with humility, humor, and passion.
Bill Radke, host of NPR s "Weekend America"
This tasty offering . . . seems destined to earn an honored place on the crowded bookshelves of many foodie readers.
"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

? An engaging story about a fantasy fulfilled. It's "Under the Tuscan Sun" goes to cooking school.?
?Michael Ruhlman, author of "The Elements of Cooking" and "The Soul of a Chef"

? A joy to read . . . A compelling story about learning to cook and learning to love at the same time, told with humility, humor, and passion.?
?Bill Radke, host of NPR's "Weekend America"

? This tasty offering . . . seems destined to earn an honored place on the crowded bookshelves of many foodie readers.?
?"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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In this charming and pleasant book, Kathleen Flinn does a marvelous job of evoking Paris in all its glory and uniqueness. Furthermore, she captures the excitement, fear and wonderment of attending Le Cordon Bleu while comically describing the quirks and antics of her chef professors. When not attending classes, Flinn takes the reader through her search for living quarters, her outings with visiting friends and her quest to improve her modest French.

The 28 small chapters do become repetitive, however, mostly because each contains at least one forced metaphor: "timing is important in cooking just like it is in relationships. If you try to take the cake out of the oven -- or commit to your sweetheart forever -- too soon, you end up with a sorry mess." If she lost the prosaism, Flinn would become a truly excellent and intriguing writer.
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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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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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