The news from Singapore… and elsewhere

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So I never thought I’d find myself under Gordon Ramsey. Figuratively, of course. Years ago, I interviewed romance novelist Susan Elizabeth Phillips for the Chicago Sun-Times. During the interview, she spread out the various international editions of her book. She said the strangest thing about writing books was knowing that someone, on the other side of the world, is reading your words while you’re probably sleeping.

I thought of that this morning as I opened up my daily Google Alert for The Sharper Your Knife. Who knew? My book was included in a roundup with Gordon Ramsey, Michael Pollan and David Chang — in Singapore. In the same alert there were links to a site selling it in India. Kind of crazy. I’ve run into other odd other-side-of-the-world, such as a friend who sent a photo of it for sale in the Cairo airport. Google turns up a lot of sites in Asia since the book is available in Chinese. Rather surreal, actually.

Of course, the phrase “the sharper your knife” uncovers some other results as well. Links to people with knife fetishes, cutlery manufacturers, hunters and the like. The creepiest, of cousre, are hits on an otherwise little-trafficked member of a Midwestern militia who apparently uses the phrase and the full name of my book frequently in his anti-everyone-in-charge rants.

I’m going to focus on Singapore.

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. Your book is in good company, Kathleen. Congratulations. Say, would you be interested in competing in our Women's Memoirs writing contest? We're looking for stories of about 1000 words recalling a recipe, special dish, holiday meal, etc. You can find details here:

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