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PUBLICIST: Rebecca Lang, Viking/Penguin, 212-366-2338
LITERARY AGENT/TELEVISION CONTACT: Andy McNichol, William Morris Endeavor,  (212) 903-1383
DIRECT INQURIES: Drop me email at kat @

Author Bio

Kathleen Flinn is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (Viking/Penguin 2007), a memoir-with-recipes about her experiences leaving the corporate world to study at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris – and fell in love along the way. Her second book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Women into Fearless Home Cooks (Viking/Penguin, October 2011) explored a project in which Flinn tried to understand why people rely on convenience foods and what kinds of cooking lessons make an impact on inexperienced cook. That title earned rave reviews from dozens of media outlets, including People, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and won a 2012 Book of the Year Award from the American Society of Journalists & Authors. Her third book is Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Story of Food & Love from an American Family, a multi-generational memoir-with-recipes about her culinary heritage growing up in Michigan was published in 2014, was named a 2015 Michigan Notable Book and a finalist for several awards including the Washington State Book Awards, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards and Goodreads Choice Awards.

A writer for more than 25 years in print and online, Kathleen’s writing has appeared in more than three dozen publications worldwide. Her books have been featured in Elle, People, RedbookGood Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, CBS This Morning and numerous NPR programs including “Talk of the Nation.” Her last day job was head of editorial for MSN in the United Kingdom based in London. She chairs The Culinary Trust, a national 5013c co-founded by Julia Child which aims to promote programs that address critical issues in food. She divides her time between Seattle and Anna Maria Island, Fla., with her husband, Mike, and their trusty rescue dog, Maddy.


Printable one page recipe sheets – Uncle Charles Chicken * Flint Coney Islands
Photos: Link to a well of photos including those not included in the book



The recipes linked below have been released for publication, so please feel free to post on your blog or put into a newspaper or magazine when discussing the book. Please credit Kathleen Flinn for the recipe and photos unless otherwise noted on the download page. Questions or feedback on recipes should be directed to kat @

From Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

From The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

Recipes released from The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (please note, these photos are by Peter Waweru)


For online purposes, please feel free to right click and use any of the images below. Author photo credit is Irene Flinn.

Additional photos: Kathleen in chef’s jacket 1 * Kathleen in chef’s jacket 2 (with wine) * Kathleen in chef’s jacket 3 (with knife) * Kathleen in chef’s jacket (long vertical) * Kathleen at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris *

Signed books

I’m an author and it’s my job to sign books. Simply email your shipping details, the name of the recipient and, if it’s a gift, any details about the person for which it’s destined to We’ll send you back a Paypal invoice. We offer only the first-edition hardcovers (not remainders), difficult to find now in stores that the paperback has taken over. The cover price of $24 plus $6 for return by two- to -three-day U.S. Postal Service priority mail shipping.