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Kathleen Flinn

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Kathleen Flinn is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, a memoir with recipes about her experiences at the famed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Her second book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, tells the story of an unusual project in which Flinn delved into the lives of nine culinary novices and tried to figure out what lessons they could learn to become fearless home cooks. That book earned universally positive reviews from People magazine, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Amazon.com readers.

Flinn offers unique guides for book clubs for each book: a menu guide for The Sharper Your Knife and a unique activities guide for The Kitchen Counter Co
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Kathleen Flinn Ha! Love your cheese reference... :) I am also intrigued by the continued practice of using potato chips as a crunchy garnish.

One thing often…more
Ha! Love your cheese reference... :) I am also intrigued by the continued practice of using potato chips as a crunchy garnish.

One thing often overlooked in our regional cuisine is just how much great fish come from all the lakes in the Midwest. Just a huge array of fish, and many a proud fisherman with his/her own special method to frying/grilling/pan searing it. (less)
Kathleen Flinn Write every day. Join a professional organization that makes sense for your genre. In my case, I joined the International Assn of Culinary…moreWrite every day. Join a professional organization that makes sense for your genre. In my case, I joined the International Assn of Culinary Professionals. I met loads of other food writers and those connections had major impact on my work and career. Go to conferences. Meet other writers and published authors. It's incredibly valuable as you're learn a lot about the industry and the learning curve on getting published will not feel as steep.

But seriously. Write every day. Read books in your genre to figure how they "work." Take writing classes. Writing is a craft that takes patience. And remember that everyone writes bad first drafts. Except maybe Frank Bruni of The New York Times. But really, everyone else does... (less)
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It started as this small thing, just a tiny container from a local nursery.Then, like something out of a 1950s horror film, byAugust lastsummer,my French tarragon grew into an embarrassment of riches on the patio of my Seattle home. On achilly day inlate autumn, I hacked most of it back and dried it to make […]
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“You can’t hurry love, and you can’t rush puff pastry, either. You can knead too much, and you can be too needy. Always, warmth is what brings pastry to rise. Chemistry creates something amazing; coupled with care and heat, it works some kind of magic to create this satisfying, welcoming, and nourishing thing that is the base of life.”
Kathleen Flinn, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

“The sharper your knife, the less you cry...for me, it also means cutting those things that get in the way of your passion and living your life the way it is meant to be lived.”
Kathleen Flinn, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

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