I’m the author of three books, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School (2011) and The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (2007), published by Viking/Penguin. My next book, tentatively titled Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, will be published by Viking/Penguin in April 2014.
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good
A family history with recipes, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good offers a flavorful tale spanning three generations as Flinn returns to the mix of food and memoir readers loved in her New York Times best-seller The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. From a Route 66 trek to San Francisco to their Michigan farm to the shores of Florida, humor and adventure defines her family even in the worst of times.
You’ll savor Uncle Clarence’s divine corn flake-crusted fried chicken, Grandpa Charles’ spicy San Antonio chili and her grandmother’s birthday-only cinnamon rolls. Through these flavors, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories and cooking can be communication.
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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
Inspired by a supermarket encounter with a woman loading up on processed foods, Flinn decided to use her culinary training to help nine novice cooks find their cooking confidence. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School takes these lessons and provides practical, healthy tips to boost your culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from your grocery dollars, as well as simple recipes to get you cooking. Widely acclaimed, this book was named a 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists & Authors.
The Sharper Your Knife,The Less You Cry
In 2003, Kathleen Flinn, a thirty-six-year-old American living and working in London, returned from vacation to find that her corporate job had been eliminated. Ignoring her mother’s advice that she get another job immediately or “never get hired anywhere ever again,” Flinn instead cleared out her savings and moved to Paris to pursue a dream-a diploma from the famed Le Cordon Bleu.
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry is the touching and remarkably funny account of Flinn’s transformation as she moves through the school’s intense program and falls deeply in love along the way. A New York Times bestseller, translated into eleven languages worldwide.