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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
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Mar 12, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, memoir

Once you get past the whole privilege part of this book (as in, people [ Flinn :] who have tens of thousands of dollars to spare in their savings; as in, people [ Flinn's boyfriend :] who have made "smart investments" and can afford to live in Paris for an indeterminate amount of time simply as a support system for someone else; little things like that) it's a reasonably charming example of the genre (American Francophiles in Paris). Flinn is self-aware enough to acknowledge that she's pretty lucky. She's a good writer and is honest about her fears and embarrassments. If you are a foodie and if you enjoy the minutiae of classical cooking rules (I am a truly atrocious cook but I absolutely love things about cooking and food and especially the minutiae of classical cooking rules), you'll enjoy this book. I would rate it vastly superior to Julie & Julia, rather far above Almost French, but somewhat beneath Tender at the Bone or Comfort Me With Apples.
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