When Kathleen Flinn found herself abruptly displaced from her lucrative upscale job, she didn’t waste much time feeling sorry for herself. She picked herself up, dusted herself off, and, took her savings to Paris to fulfill a lifelong dream to attend Le Cordon Bleu.
Mike, Kathleen’s then boyfriend, ( they are now married) was with her every step of the way. She knew she
had a keeper when he moved to be with her in Paris during her training. Their romance is a very welcome slice of the pie that makes this book so endearing.
Long a fan of all things French, I dove into this book after accepting an offer to review Kathleen’s upcoming book, THE KITCHEN COUNTER COOKING SCHOOL. Upon scanning the premise of the second book, I found THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY. Well, I immediately fell in love with it. What’s not to love about Paris, food, romance, and learning through Kathleen the tricks she has so adroitly come to know!
Our world has changed drastically in the last few years. People working in jobs they figured they would have their entire lives, have gotten downsized, let go, fired, through no fault of their own. To find this artfully told story is to find hope. To find love, and to embrace change.
Kathleen Flinn did not attend Le Cordon Bleu to become a working chef. She had no ambitions of running a kitchen in a restaurant. She just wanted to be a better cook; be able to cook a real meal with real food versus packaged or frozen goods. She wanted to know how to wield a knife. How many people reading this review today know how to choose a knife, let alone how to actually use one?
I was in the restaurant business for 20 years. My entire family has been or still is involved in a food based business. I know first hand how tiring but rewarding it can be. I know food. But I have learned so much reading Kathleen Flinn. I had planned on doing both books in one review. However, each book is stand alone and deserves its own day.
I so look forward to pub day for THE KITCHEN COUNTER COOKING SCHOOL. You are going to love it, just as I know you will enjoy reading about cooking in Paris and falling in love.
It’s not all wine and roses at Le Cordon Bleu. Indeed, it’s demanding, exhausting, and frustrating. It takes a very strong and determined person to make it through this tough course. And, not a little bit of money; not cheap. But it was Kathleen’s dream and she went for it. I am so glad she did. You will be too.