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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
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Jul 03, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction

The author writes an account of her stint as a student at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, where she took the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced courses. For those interested in cooking, Le Cordon Bleu, food, or Paris, this is an entertaining read. The author's writing style is more on the pedestrian side of journalism, but it gets the job done and she imparts a real flavor (...) of what the school and Le Cordon Bleu curriculum are like. There's also the part where she depleted her life savings so that she could drop everything (well, she was dropped via a job layoff) and live in Paris for a year - this is where it helps to be child-less and not tied down - along with the man who also dropped everything (in Seattle) and came to live with her in Paris (they marry during the course of the book), all of which is a nice vicarious experience for the reader. The author includes recipes at the end of each chapter, most from her Le Cordon Bleu training and most of which I'd never make, but they, too, make for interesting reading if one likes to read cookbooks (which I do).

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