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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School #2020

The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry Love Laughter and Tears at the World s Most Famous Cooking School In Kathleen Flinn was a thirty six year old American in London who felt trapped in corporate middle management until her boss eliminated her job while she was on vacation Ignoring her mother s a

  • Title: The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
  • Author: Kathleen Flinn
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  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School By Kathleen Flinn, In 2003, Kathleen Flinn was a thirty six year old American in London who felt trapped in corporate middle management until her boss eliminated her job while she was on vacation Ignoring her mother s advice that she find another job immediately, Flinn moved to Paris to pursue a dream a diploma from the venerable Le Cordon Bleu cooking school But instead of being ushered iIn 2003, Kathleen Flinn was a thirty six year old American in London who felt trapped in corporate middle management until her boss eliminated her job while she was on vacation Ignoring her mother s advice that she find another job immediately, Flinn moved to Paris to pursue a dream a diploma from the venerable Le Cordon Bleu cooking school But instead of being ushered into a glamorous world of souffles and foie gras, Flinn found herself struggling in a stew of hot tempered chefs, competitive classmates, and her own wretchedly inadequate French She trudged home traumatized by gutting fish, severing the heads off rabbits, and dropping an entire roast duck on the floor moments before having to present her plate to the presiding chef As the story moves through the various classes, the basics of French cuisine are interwoven Flinn also offers her experience of the vibrant sights and sounds of the markets, shops, and avenues of Paris In time, Flinn triumphs in her battles and wins over the toughest chef More important, though, she challenges a career focused mentality and attempts a discovery of what really matters to her She even comes to realize that the love of her life has been right in front of her the whole time.

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    1. How do you rate a book 5 , what criteria do you use I can tell you when a book is 10 star, so far above anything else in story, characterisation and writing that you know you probably won t read a better book that year view spoiler This year, for me, I ve already read the book, The Book of Night Women Any book that has me on the side of someone who burns babies alive has to be an extraordinary writer hide spoiler This book is not like that It is, however, quite well written, the recipes at the e [...]

    2. The parts about what it s like to be at cooking school were really interesting The parts about what it s like to be Kathleen Flinn were not.

    3. The challenge of cooking at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school great recipes, and some personal memories in between Food as art A memoir.On the look of food, from El Bulli cuisine A culinary language is being created which is becoming and ordered, that on some occasions establishes a relationship with the world and language of art This is a great read for cooks and aspiring chefs I m not one of the latter.The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn is a memoir, and therefor a differe [...]

    4. Sometimes there s to a story than what s printed on its pages For example, my copy is stained with wine and chicken stock And I suspect that s what Flinn intended to give an experience Reading the first chapter, I knew that this would sit on my kitchen counter and not in my shelves And if the vicarious experience of living in France and falling in love with cooking and a guy named Mike isn t enough, consider the discovery between recipes and insider accounts of what happens at a famous cooking [...]

    5. Thoroughly disappointing as a culinary memoir I second what one reader said before in that there s absolutely no conflict at the heart of the story Kathleen begins this novel as a chef and ends it as a chef, albeit one who can now add puff pastry to her repertoire Even when Mike is in the hospital, or Kathleen experiences a terrifying kidney infection, her carefree voice and sparse prose treat it as a minor annoyance, along the lines of a clogged toilet Tra la la, tra la la, we get it Your life [...]

    6. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, is a lovely read No stranger to stories about food, I found this particular piece interesting because it ventures beyond the personal associations we all have with food and channels the deep seeded desire we all have to drop everything and pursue the one thing we love, in this case cooking The author s voice is clear, while she discusses her daily successes and failures in the kitchen, she leads the reader through a tour of culinary paris, and a trip thr [...]

    7. Gosh, it s been a long time since I ve read a book I didn t like Unfortunately, I read this upon returning from France, and so perhaps I had too high expectations for it, but Flinn s narrative is just sort of lame I got about halfway through the book before deciding that life was too short to waste it on a mediocre read, and I moved on The recipes and the descriptions of the inner workings of Le Cordon Bleu are really interesting, but Flinn herself is a little annoying Sometimes you feel she s d [...]

    8. Amazing as indicated by a five star rating on this site might be a bit strong, but it is a wonderful book, and I enjoyed it immensely.Flinn s account of her Le Cordon Bleu adventure is in many ways what I had hoped that How to Cook a Dragon would be.There is a lovely combination of romance and reality of living in Paris and attending the legendary cooking school.The food and experiences and stories and characters are skillfully interwoven, and the result is an inspiring nudge to follow your own [...]

    9. I sat down and read this book in an evening because I love food and I love the idea that people go do these crazy, rigorous courses in other countries to learn how to cook incredible food, every time And they talk about tasty, tasty food a lot There is a recipe at the end of every chapter and most have some relation to what Kathleen is cooking as part of Le Cordon Bleu s course so most of it is very classic and meaty, which sounds great but isn t really what I cook Don t read the book for the re [...]

    10. Already unmoved by it I am currently attending this said school and i must say there is drama and vivre in the classroom than her writing its flat nothing simmers or boils from the pages i expected it to be transcendent, with language far flowery and humorous than this although it is quite accurate in detailing the events of the school,however the plot is vague I d recommend it if you really want to know what its like being a culinary student in Paris Otherwise, pick up eat, pray, love, if you [...]

    11. It s not the first time such an experience is recorded and published Michael Ruhlman shared his journey in the Culinary Institute of America CIA , the Harvard of cooking schools in The Making of a Chef Katherine Darling gave us a glimpse of her life in New York City s famed French Culinary Institute in her memoir Under the Table and Dalia Jurgensen showed us the real kitchen scene through her writing in Spiced A Pastry Chef s True Stories of Trials by Fire, After Hours Exploits and What Really G [...]

    12. I loved the parts about the cooking but the other parts about her life just about bored me to tears The thing is this is my favorite type of book and it just didn t do it for me.

    13. Kathleen Flinn s memoir of her time at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris made me really happy, really inspired to do things I ve always wanted to do, and really hungry Of course, the book is filled with various recipes that feature prominently in the various chapters, and most of them are adapted or at least something that could reasonably be achieved by the home cook Flinn s story is really heartfelt just like a good meal, it is obvious that the author s heart and soul went into its produc [...]

    14. I loved this cooking memoir Kathleen Flinn is a journalist She went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and graduated She took and passed all three classes Basic, Intermediate, and Superior It was so interesting to hear how it all worked She is a great writer and very funny.Flinn had met Julia Child on two separate occasions She had gone to a cooking workshop at a fancy resort before she Flinn went to Le Cordon Bleu A woman came in late and sat next to her saying the salmon at breakfast was so good she j [...]

    15. While I enjoyed this journey with Flinn to the famed Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris, I couldn t help but feel something was missing She described going to class, the demonstrations, what it is like to live in Paris, etc but I didn t get a feel for what really goes on when you are a student She learns all these fancy French dishes, but I wanted the nitty gritty, HOW do you learn how to make these Some of the students weren t even cooks, how did they learn There were translators, but I found [...]

    16. We listened to this as a family on a series of highway trips and really enjoyed it The author decides to attend Le Cordon Bleu, the famous Paris culinary school, after getting laid off from a high powered job in London She tells a double story, that of her studies at the school and that of her romance with the man who encourages her to go to Paris, joins her there, and eventually becomes her husband Highlights include her anecdotes about apartment life in Paris, and her often fraught relationshi [...]

    17. With her journalist background, Flinn is a better reporter than writer Her prose is sometimes lacking and sometimes downright embarrassing, especially when she reaches for insight , but her story a woman in her 30 s who s laid off so she uses all her savings to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris is still interesting Just hearing how the famous school works, with its difficult teachers, competitive students and crazy assignments so much meat stuffed with meat stuffed with meat is good enough to get t [...]

    18. one line review alternate title eat, complain about your non existent white people problems, love lines review I ve been lugging Kathleen Flinn s The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry from undersized East Coast apartment to undersized East Coast apartment for at least three years Each time I nestled the press galley copy I snagged from a sopho year internship onto the shelf, I d consider reading it, then take a nap Actually, let s not kid ourselves with the shelves what are floors for, anyway [...]

    19. It was probably a mistake to read this so soon after _My Life in France_, as it suffered in comparison This is the story of a corporate type who gets laid off and decides to pursue a lifelong dream of taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu Not a bad story, but definitely rather superficial For those interested in the actual cooking classes, try Michael Ruhlman s _The Making of a Chef_ for Francophile enthusiasm, try _My Life in France_.

    20. I give it 5 stars, but a warning If you re a vegetarian, with a strong constitution, then 4 stars If you re a squeamish veggie, then 3 or maybe you should skip it altogether I liked the writing though and the way it was put together and even though I m a bit of a squeamish vegetarian, I managed to get through all right I enjoyed it enough to live with that aspect of it My favourite chapter is actually the epilogue, but it wouldn t do you any good to skip to it because you have to have the build [...]

    21. This book is not for the squeamish I thought it would be interesting to see what it s like for students attending Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and it wasbut I had no idea that when they prepare any sort of meat or fish, the creature has not been anywhere near a butcher The students ARE the butchers Don t even ask me to explain how they get the eyes out of a dead fish or what it s like to behead small furry creatures that are pets in America An eerie fascination took over and I read the [...]

    22. A nice, light memoir of the author s decision to go to, and time at, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris Great on details about cooking techniques and living in Paris, pedestrian on insight Not wrong, mind you, just not exactly a surprise I admit one reason that I give it only 3 stars may be that it convinced me that I d never want to go to Le Cordon Bleu, even if I could afford it First, too much stress though she points out that a lot of that is what you bring to it Second, too much pork and shellfish, wh [...]

    23. While I have never had the urge to live in Paris or attend Le Courdon Bleu, I throughly enjoyed the authors telling of her time there If you like to cook or travel or both, you will find this a good easy read For anyone myself included who likes to read cookbooks like novels the fact that Ms Flinn includes some very tasyt sound receipes is just the icing on the cake.

    24. I enjoy the I did something crazy and wrote a book about it genre This book was an interesting glimpse into Le Cordon Bleu cooking school It didn t make me want to learn to cook, but did make me want to visit Paris and work on my French

    25. 3.5 starsThis mildly entertaining account of a fired exec who earns a degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris has one big, fatal flaw talking down to the reader We are introduced to translators who repeat the instructions of the French speaking chefs, which makes sense But every time they say something, we are reminded that they are translating, or told once again that they are translators It quickly became quite irritating, as did having very basic, obvious French translated, or having the same phras [...]

    26. Eh It didn t suck and I read the whole thing okay I skipped a lot of the love life stuff but the book left no positive lasting impressions I would have liked 80% cooking related experiences and 100% less sniping on other women who were all out to steal her boyfriend surejanf Obviously personal relationships are often at the core of our lives, so I understand why Flinn included some of her personal stories however, just as often the personal stories overshadowed the rest of the life experience, [...]

    27. An interesting look into what it s like to study at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris This is a memoir of Kathleen Flynn and the story is very personal We get acquainted with some of her fellow students, the chefs, and her fianc whom she marries during the course of the narrative There is a recipe at the end of each chapter, and some of them look doable, while others appear complicated I enjoyed the book, but I like the follow up to this, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School better.

    28. Excellent read I have zero desire to actually implement the recipes except for the french onion soup and, ok, the crepe with bananas and nutella but that does not matter a bit it s all about the people and the story, all very well told.

    29. This book combined two things I enjoy reading about food and France It was an early ambition of mine, inspired by watching The Duchess of Duke Street on PBS of all things, to work in a kitchen I have long realized that it s fortunate I never pursued that ambition since I lack both the physical and intestinal fortitude necessary, based on every kitchen memoir I ve ever read Visiting France is still on the table, although no longer top of my travel wish list In this book, Kathleen Flinn does what [...]

    30. 3.5 stars.This was my Food for Thought s book selection for November I was wary after reading the subtitle, for in this book club we ve read a number of books where someone graduated cooking school and wrote about their experiences I usually find these whiny, overly dramatic, and filled with mediocre writing.Flinn s title, I m happy to say, didn t feel whiny at all Probably because of that, and her entertaining tales of her fellow students and chefs, I finished it Flinn s background in journalis [...]

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