Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: Excerpt, Tour Dates and Special Thank You Gift!

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High Resolution Burnt Toast CoverI’m thrilled to offer a sneak peek at my new book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food & Love from an American Midwest Family (Viking/Penguin). The book has just gone on sale and this is one of the few places you’ll be able to get an excerpt. Part 1 intro photo - Milton and Dorothy Flinn Wedding Day Aug 7 1954 In this first chapter, my Irish and Swedish parents from Michigan travel across the U.S. to go work in my uncle’s Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District. Just click the link below or the image of the book.   Part 1 intro photo - Milton and Dorothy Flinn Wedding Day Aug 7 1954Part 1 intro photo - Milton and Dorothy Flinn Wedding Day Aug 7 1954

Excerpt: Chapter 1 – That’s Amore from Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

See me in person! I’m doing a limited tour in August and September, with more dates to come. Take a look at the tour dates.

Special Offer: Limited Time Only

Order or buy your copy before the end of August and send me the receipt or order confirmation via email or send me a link to an online review at Amazon, Indiebound, B&N, Walmart or similar. You’ll receive a special bonus pack with extra recipes, photos that didn’t make it into the book and more! Email me kat @ kathleenflinn.com

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About katflinn

Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.


  1. So excited to read your new book! I have been waiting since “Kitchen Counter Cooking School” for something new and with more recipes. Can’t wait!

  2. I just started reading “Burnt Toast” this morning and I couldn’t put it down. Well, I had to because I had to go to work. As a born and raised, and now former, Michigander; it spoke to me on many levels. The morels, the lumber camps, the snow. Sigh.

  3. Hello and here’s my gush for “Burnt Toast”! I too grew up in the UP-Stepehson and yes it is very cold. I live in WI now but love your books. Your reflection on your family story is so similar to mine! My grandfather is Swedish and my other Grandpa worked in lumbar camps. No matter how you slice it those times were hard. One of my grandmother’s recalls a Spring with only onions and potatoes to eat. We have come a long way. I am the oldest of 8 and have canned for years. My mother had 3 acres of garden, of course we canned. We too, smelted-yuck-and fished and ate venison. Life was not so much about healthy choices-no boxed food for us and I do believe we did eat better. I love to cook and my husband is a chef by trade. Thank you for sharing your journey and family with us! Love it! Delicous memoir!

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