The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry: Love, laughter and tears at the world's most famous cooking school Paperback – 27 Mar 2008
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? An engaging story about a fantasy fulfilled. It's "Under the Tuscan Sun" goes to cooking school.? ?Michael Ruhlman, author of "The Elements of Cooking" and "The Soul of a Chef" ? A joy to read . . . A compelling story about learning to cook and learning to love at the same time, told with humility, humor, and passion.? ?Bill Radke, host of NPR's "Weekend America" ? This tasty offering . . . seems destined to earn an honored place on the crowded bookshelves of many foodie readers.? ?"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
About the Author
Kathleen Flinn has been a writer and journalist for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Men's Fitness and many other publications. She divides her time between Seattle, Washington and Southwest Florida.
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This is a very enjoyable book that makes for a fast and interesting read. It's been compared to "Eat Pray Love", but while they are both books about women finding themselves while living overseas, this book is neither as personal nor as indulgent as Elizabeth Gilbert's story. Although Kathleen gets engaged and married over the course of the book, there is never any romantic tension at any point. The personal events - the wedding, even her exam results - are glossed over. This book is really about the experience of living in Paris and attending Le Cordon Bleu.
What Kathleen does do very well is to communicate what it is like to live as an American in Paris and what it would be like to attend Le Cordon Bleu. She is very good as describing the people who she meets so that you feel that you know them all (I particularly enjoyed her description of two highly obnoxious friends from Seattle who come to stay). Because she pulls you into her world so well, it's not necessary to be a proficient cook to enjoy this book. However if you are, she concludes each chapter with a recipe - not usually one from the school, but usually connected in some way to what happened in the chapter. I also enjoyed the way that her confidence grows as times passes. She makes an inspiring case for doing the things that you've always dreamed of doing.
Incidentally, the title of this book refers to the advice that she is given for cutting onions.
A couple more sentences and paragraphs here and there could have made for a much richer tastier read...not that this was bad, it simply didn't quite satisfy.
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