The Sharper your Knife, the Less You Cry

The Sharper your Knife, the Less You Cry

Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

eBook - 2008
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Recounts the author's decision to change careers and attend the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, an education during which she survived the program's intense teaching methods, competitive fellow students, and the dynamics of falling in love, in an account complemented by two dozen recipes.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781440638190
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 290 p.)
Additional Contributors: Cordon bleu (School : Paris, France)

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MadReads May 07, 2012

I didn't like this one as much as I liked Kitchen Counter Cooking School but I did enjoy getting the back story on Kathleen's days at Le Cordon Bleu.

LaimaA Feb 16, 2012

Kathleen Flinn's memoirs about her time at Le Cordon Bleu is an engrossing read. Her writing is engaging and her descriptions of the food she learned to cook and of the people who shared her Parisian adventures were equally tantalizing.

ksoles Jan 31, 2012

In this charming and pleasant book, Kathleen Flinn does a marvelous job of evoking Paris in all its glory and uniqueness. Furthermore, she captures the excitement, fear and wonderment of attending Le Cordon Bleu while comically describing the quirks and antics of her chef professors. When not attending classes, Flinn takes the reader through her search for living quarters, her outings with visiting friends and her quest to improve her modest French.

The 28 small chapters do become repetitive, however, mostly because each contains at least one forced metaphor: "timing is important in cooking just like it is in relationships. If you try to take the cake out of the oven -- or commit to your sweetheart forever -- too soon, you end up with a sorry mess." If she lost the prosaism, Flinn would become a truly excellent and intriguing writer.

Jan 06, 2012

I love Kathleen Flinn's style of writing, it is simple, straight forward and engaging. This is the story of her time at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, after losing a high powered executive position. I also recommend her second book, Kitchen Counter Cooking, which is funny and well written, reading like a novel, even though it is non-fiction.

Nov 21, 2011

The introduction made me think that I was going to hate this book because of the author. I didn't. It took me a bit to read. Didn't hold my attention. Not a stand out read.

Jul 02, 2010

A reasonably enjoyable tale of woman's journey of self discovery and the gruelling world of the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris... with recipes.


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