The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks

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The author of The Sharper Your Knife tells the inspiring story of how she helped nine others find their inner cook

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals.

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost readers' culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes that get readers cooking.


 

About Kathleen Flinn

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KATHLEEN FLINN has been a writer and journalist for twenty years. Her work has appeared in more than three dozen publications worldwide, including the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Weekend, Men's Fitness, Smithsonian, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Her first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry was a finalist in the Washington State book awards. She lives in Seattle.
 
Published September 29, 2011 by Penguin Books. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Cooking. Non-fiction

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One of her go-to concoctions, "White Trash Garlic Bread," is enough to give any reader, no matter how unseasoned a chef, pause: “She slathered one-half of a soft hamburger bun with Gold ’n Soft margarine, added a few hearty shakes of generic garlic salt, and topped it with dried Parmesan cheese f...

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Publishers Weekly

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Over the course of several weeks’ worth of lessons, recorded in chapters, Flinn instructed the women in the rudiments of preparing food: from wielding knives, comparing tastes (i.e., salts, mustards), cooking vegetables four ways then “splashing” with flavors, mastering a vinaigrette and om...

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Beyond creating awareness of better choices in ingredients, cooking and nutrition, Flinn is aware that somewhere along the way, people who love watching cooking shows stopped getting off the couch, turning cooking into a spectator sport.

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BC Books

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Flinn, determined to get people cooking at home, inspires people to take charge, and get past the fear of handling new ingredients, as she builds knife skills and teaches cooking techniques.

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BC Books

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Kathleen Flinn is a chef who is inspired to help women break their reliance on fast food and boxed convenience foods.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Part memoir, part teaching manual, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School is as much a transformational book about Kathleen Flinn as it is about her students.

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Denver Post

Flinn is struck by the number of boxes and cans the woman is buying — and the grocery bill she's racking up — and spends the afternoon leading her through the store, explaining how she can save cash by buying a whole chicken, a pot roast and vegetables instead of ready-to-eat items.

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Seattle PI

Flinn, determined to get people cooking at home, inspires people to take charge, and get past the fear of handling new ingredients, as she builds knife skills and teaches cooking techniques.

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Patheos

Flinn selected 10 worthy candidates and began her Kitchen Counter Cooking School to educate not only them as cooks but also herself in the ways of how to communicate simple kitchen knowledge.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

After a revelatory experience with a processed foods laden cart in the grocery store, Flinn becomes curious about how our past experiences and current life choices effect how we cook and eat.

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Austin Chronicle

At times it seems as if this book could use half a dozen other volumes to cover all the topics she tries to touch on, but her light, conversational tone makes every part flow quickly and easily, and the dialogue within the lessons makes the instructions accessible and clear – ideal for the easily...

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Bookshelf Bombshells

These women are our sisters, our neighbors, our friends — a miniaturized cross-section of Americans who eat Hamburger Helper and Sara Lee while watching America’s Next Top Chef and think a mass-produced meal frozen in a box is real food if it says “cuisine.” Flynn (with the help of some culinary...

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Flinn, determined to get people cooking at home, inspires people to take charge, and get past the fear of handling new ingredients, as she builds knife skills and teaches cooking techniques.

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