The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

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The prequel to Kathleen Flinn's unforgettable account of her French culinary adventures - Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good - is available this August!

Kathleen Flinn was a thirty-six-year-old middle manager trapped on the corporate ladder - until her boss eliminated her job. Instead of sulking, she took the opportunity to check out of the rat race for good - cashing in her savings, moving to Paris, and landing a spot at the venerable Le Cordon Blue cooking school.

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry is the funny and inspiring account of her struggle in a stew of hot-tempered, chefs, competitive classmates, her own "wretchedly inadequate" French - and how she mastered the basics of French cuisine. Filled with rich, sensual details of her time in the kitchen - the ingredients, cooking techniques, wine, and more than two dozen recipes - and the vibrant sights and sounds of the markets, shops, and avenues of Paris, it is also a journey of self-discovery, transformation, and, ultimately, love. 
 

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 August 26, 2008 by Penguin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Part memoir, part insider’s look at the famed culinary institute where the world’s elite chefs have been trained in the art of French haute cuisine, the text takes the form of chronological chapters interweaving lessons learned at the school with lessons learned about life.

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It's unclear why many of her classmates are attending the school: scenes of students crowding around the chefs' demonstration table to snap pictures and confronting raw meat with squeamish disgust make the Cordon Bleu sound more like a tourist destination than a respected culinary institute.

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