Tickets on Sale for the fabulous ‘Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good’ release party


Viking/Penguin and  Elliott Bay Book Co. are thrilled to announce the official launch party for Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, by author Kathleen Flinn (that’s me!). Join us August 14th atop the Swedish Cultural Center overlooking Seattle's beautiful Lake Union. Take in sweeping views of the city and mountains, hang out with Seattle’s culinary and literary crowd, enjoy food, music and entertainment of the 50s, 60, and … [Read more...]

Recipe for heat: Chilled soup


Chilled soup carries a stamp of posh. "Oh James, prepare the vichyssoise and the champagne for dinner, will you?" The first time that I can recall having chilled soup was as a impressionable 20-year-old college student at the home of a wealthy older man that I was interviewing for a story in the Chicago Sun-Times. His private chef served a wide, shallow bowl of soup of cucumber and melon. The flavor was so delicate, … [Read more...]

Learn to Cook in My Kitchen – Summer 2014

Kat teaching cooking

Did you read "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and wish you were among the volunteers? Well, here's your chance. Come build your kitchen confidence in a rare opportunity to take classes right at my very own kitchen counter. I will be offering a handful of classes this summer that will be videotaped and photographed so that others can be taught the same skills online. The live classes will be limited in class size -- … [Read more...]

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Burnt Toast Cover

"I'm Swedish, which makes me sexy, and I'm Irish which makes me want to talk about it." That's the first line from Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, my third book debuting this summer on August 18. I'm delighted to report that the first official review from Kirkus is overwhelmingly positive, summing the book up as "a warm, quiet poignant treat." You can read the full review here. They also did a bang-up job of summarizing … [Read more...]

How to Write a Book Proposal in Four Weeks

Typewriter with paper scattered - conceptual image

This summer, I'll be teaching a four-week Master Class at the Richard Hugo House. Normally, I focus on food writing but so much of what can be said about food writing and the process of story and book development applies to general non-fiction as well. When trying to sell fiction, the industry expects a completed manuscript. With non-fiction, about 95% of titles are sold via a book proposal. A good proposal is part … [Read more...]

Recipe: Fragrant salmon cakes with avocado basil sauce


If you live in Seattle, it’s nearly required by state law to eat wild salmon during the summer. Lately, I’ve been grilling more than we need in order to use the leftovers for these fragrant salmon cakes that I developed last year when faced with a pile of leftover salmon after a rained-out BBQ.  They’re simple to make and freeze well, and offer a healthy alternative to fish sticks. They’re easily dressed up by a simple … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spicy, Garlicky Planked Fish

Fish tales

Pike Place Market in summer reminds me of when I first moved to Seattle back in 1996. Can that possibly be 13 years ago? I’d never lived on the west coast, or in a place with mountains or even one with a major public market. Although I loved to cooked, I’d rarely cooked salmon or mussels, never laid eyes on a geoduck. My formative years were in Michigan. I didn’t know that you could buy fish at a store. This was back … [Read more...]

Reader Q&A: What do you consider essential pantry items?


Do you have a shopping list of what the essentials are when stocking a pantry? I’m exactly the kind of person you wrote for: not a terribly bad cook, but unsure and insecure in the kitchen. I loved The Kitchen Counter School and am inspired to try on my own, but I’m not sure what staples I should have on hand. Please help! - Gean Hey Gean, I turned to my food friends on Facebook and posed the question to them. What … [Read more...]

Soylent – The End of Food? Not So Fast…

rob with soylent

Before I get into Soylent, I must first tell you about "meat shirts." You see, my brainy husband, Mike, once semi-joked that Big Food should develop nutrient-laden shirts that a person could wear to absorb their nutrition via their skin, rather than eating.  At the end of the day, you'd just throw the nutrient-depleted shirt away. He mentioned this to our fabulously beautiful and always skinny friend Cherie who doesn't … [Read more...]

Fish: Buying Basics


Story by Kathleen Flinn A couple years ago, I attended a screening event of the beautiful, fascinating and depressing documentary The End of the Line. The film illustrates the message and research found in the book of the same name written by British journalist Charles Clover. The tag line says it all: “Imagine a World Without Fish.” The End of the Line is the first film to document the devastating effects of … [Read more...]