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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...more


Average rating: 3.74 · 9,105 ratings · 1,500 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Sharper Your Knife, the...
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Heads up on two Hungry for Words writing courses coming up in September and early October. Seattle – Sept. 21: Voice & Story First, I’ll be doing a four-hour writing class thisSunday that will debut a new area that I’m teaching. Arguably the hardest part of writing is 1) finding the right story and 2) […]
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"I have a couple of really fund dates to add. The first is in San Diego - it will include a free hour-long class along with dinner and book. Super fun....more "
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"How odd this showed up today. I was just doing a radio interview talking about the hug influence "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" had on my work; it's speci...more "
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn
" If only all food memoirs were this funny and truly-heart warming. An ode to her childhood and her relationship with food, this book can be a healing experience for many who grew up with less than ideal childhoods, and I believe even for those who'... " Read more of this review »
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn
" A lovely book about the author's family life. Wonderful stories of courage, doing the right thing and integrity and the love of cooking. I enjoyed the recipes, and Kathleen's talent for telling great stores of real life. I laughed, I cried. Now I... " Read more of this review »
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn
" I went to Kathleen Flinn's publication day reading at Third Place Books, bought the book and got it signed.

This is a delightful book, filled with tales of Flinn's family, lovingly told. The stories were alternately sweet, funny and at times sad (... " Read more of this review »
"Sorry I haven't responded back but I've been on book tour and bouncing around. I got to meet Beth who is in this group at my event in Ann Arbor. Yay!

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More of Kathleen's books…
“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

“I'm a woman; in so many ways I've been programmed to please. I took the job and spent time hunkered over figures, budgets, charts, and fiscal-year projections. I tried, but I hated it.

"Working at a job you don't like is the same as going to prison every day," my father used to say. He was right. I felt imprisoned by an impressive title, travel, perks, and a good salary. On the inside, I was miserable and lonely, and I felt as if I was losing myself. I spent weekends working on reports no one read, and I gave presentations that I didn't care about. It made me feel like a sellout and, worse, a fraud.

Now set free, like any inmate I had to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.”
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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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  Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen FlinnKathleen FlinnKathleen Flinn
 
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