[BOOKS] ✸ The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School By Kathleen Flinn – Tshirtforums.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    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. says:

    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 different path from The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais, which is a mesmerizing, beautiful novel To compare the two will be unfair What the two books have in common is the behind the scenes tale of professional French cooking The books of Julia Child played a big role in this memoir.The tasteless inclusion of salacious tidbits brought the rating way down Out of place I want to read about food, not forced into voyeurism Good morning, sexy and Good evening, handsome well yes whatever The rest of it don t deserve any mentioning Sharing life in France, the people, the environment in which the author spend the months in Paris, were wonderful.I was amazed at this comment pungent mounds of dried spices. Not my experience in a spice market at all In fact, it was a mesmerizing, exhilarating experience for me to be there The most amazing place to ever visit.The author scored a point by buying Veuve Clicquot champagne The Widow Clicquot The Story of Champagne.I do not plan to change my take on preparing soups and I suspect the author did not either The soup seems painfully laborious Most vegetables are cooked separately and then brought together in the end To make the soup, Chef uses no fewer than eleven pans, five passoires, three chinois, and a dozen stainless bowls I will force this moron to wash the dishes by hand, all by himself, and see if he would want to repeat this madness, right Lolol.There are really some great tips in the book, for instance how to cube an onion the origin of this book s title The method is demonstrated on Youtube French Cooking Lessons My solution, since we often handle a whole bag of onions for big groups, is to fill a big bowl with cold water, and then just slice the onions under water The gasses are then released into the water, and not into the air Elementary, my dear Watson Lift the onions out of the water with a strainer, dry it in a salad spinner Fearless and tearless, ready to use Playing with garnishing, which also tastes delicious, is really fun Well presented food always establishes the festiveness of an occasion, right The book provides great tips on this matter Inspiring.The memoir reads like a letter from a good friend chatty, funny, personal Including a touch of personal horn blowing Expected in a memoir, right Overall a really enjoyable experience Who remembers the hilarious movie Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep in the lead This memoir is similar In fact, there s a strong Julia Child tone, feeling, to this book, and many references to her work And then a bouquet garni of Julie s experiences.Lovely read

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    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 school Consider Flinn s tone She explores life decisions and doubts that either cloud or crystallize her future with an easy, likable narrative, a story that you might overhear at a bar She got fired Are you kidding And then what And while the story meanders a bit, you re willing to follow it through to discover what could be it s much like cooking Once you start, you have to finish And it might leave you wanting An excellent read Enjoy with a robust glass of wine And follow with a somewhat drunken call to your friends while making chicken stock.

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    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 is charmed You live in a stunning flat where the price is inordinately lower than you expected The amazing chef of a three star Michelin restaurant adores you because your conversation is so full of wit and charm Your gorgey studmuffin boyfriend drops everything to come be with you Your one fight lasts all of three sentences Oh darn, obnoxious houseguests who stole my towels Oh darn, I have to be up at 5 am to go to a fruit and vegetable stand before they run out of endives Oh darn, my duck l orange is too crispy My life blows I was almost insulted with the descriptions of characters Flinn brought them in, introduced them, then dropped them She ran through the obligatory pieces about their quirks and mayyybe a few sentences about how they evolved at Cordon Bleu, but it was so obnoxiously superficial The part that really made me headdesk was when she felt that she could understand war because she could visualize Jovina is that her name crying over her husband in Afghanistan Vom Spare me.The only reason that this gets two stars is because the food descriptions and the cooking descriptions were vastly rewarding This is where Flinn shines Unfortunately, she does a better job describing how to gut a fish then she does describing her husband.

  6. says:

    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 through her emotional maelstroms Her trials in the kitchen of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school guide her through the difficulties adjusting to life as an unemployed, newly married American expatriate living in Paris This book makes me want to move to Paris, rent a tiny apartment and learn to speak french so I can invite my friends to partake in the experience with me And maybe, in the process, become a chef.

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    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 digging for some spectacular insight on being a foreigner in France or being novice chef in a world famous cooking school, but then she just sort of drops the ball and the chapter ends If you re interested in Le Cordon Bleu, this might be interesting, but otherwise there are better food travel memoirs out there Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert or Almost French by Sarah Turnbull.

  8. says:

    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 recipes, read it to find out what taking a course at Le Cordon Bleu is like, and of course, to wish that your life sounded as together as Kathleen Flinn s when you put it on paper.

  9. says:

    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 haven t read it already.

  10. says:

    I read another book by this author a year or two ago and enjoyed it, so when I was craving a good foodie read recently I decided to look for I was not disappointed Most of her books are memoir style and very entertaining This book chronicles her journey through Le Cordon Bleu cooking school after being booted out of the corporate world isn t this every foodie stuck in a cubicle s fantasy No OK, maybe just mine then Although after reading about how tough the chef instructors there are, I may reconsider my bucket list Her descriptions of Paris made me want to hop on a plane, and her escapades in class were downright hilarious at times I even teared up at the end, becausewell, you ll just have to read to find out I totally loved Kathleen and Mike, they struck me as down to earth people who you could easily hang out with eating great food and discussing life I seriously had a big fat crush on him through most of the book because he s the kind of partner we all need supportive, adventurous and just darn near perfect Bonus you ll find in most of her books RECIPES Granted, most of these were either from her classes or derivatives of those original LCB recipes, but I didn t feel like the ingredients were too hard to find or the instructions too complicated for someone who knows their way around a kitchen I m excited to try some of them and read of her books.

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