Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Book Review 9 "The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry"


Need to get away from the stove but not out of the kitchen? Then pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea or, even better, a glass of wine and enjoy my latest read. A good friend of mine gave me the book “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry. Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School” by Kathleen Flinn. As all of you cooks out there know, a dream come true would be attending the world famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. In Kathleen’s book, that is exactly what she does. Coming back from vacation, Kathleen finds out that her job has been eliminated. This was not all bad as she felt trapped in corporate middle management. So instead of immediately finding another job, Kathleen clears out her savings account and moves to Paris to pursue a dream – a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.
In her book we follow Kathleen through her experiences in the kitchens of the cooking school where she meets stern but good hearted chefs and an array of students from all over the world. With them she takes us into the sights and sounds of markets, shops, cafĂ©’s, and the streets of Paris, that wonderful city of lights. While in Paris, Kathleen’s boyfriend Mike quits his job and moves to Paris with Kathleen while she is attending school. So not only is she experiencing the cooking school in Paris, she shares with us her and Mike’s adventures of living in a foreign country.
At the end of many chapters in her book, Kathleen gives us one of her recipes like mouth-watering Pan Roasted Hens In Calvados Sauce or, one of my favorites, the French classic Boeuf a la Bourguignonne! Also, as a bonus at the end of the book, she give us extra recipes for basics utilized in her recipes such as Pate Brisee and Tomato Concasse.
It always intrigues me and I give much credit to folks who, if able, stop in the middle of their lives and have the guts to do what they have always dreamed, such as Kathleen did.
I truly enjoyed and highly recommend this book. I would love to have the experience of attending a cooking school and, of all places, Paris!
Cheers!

16 comments:

Wendy said...

Sounds like a great read, Deb. Will add it to my list!

Lucy said...

Duly added to the growing list.

Hat's off to Kathleen - I'd love that experience, too.

LisaRene said...

Sounds like an motivational fun read. We all have dreams, but unfortunately too few of us have the courage to go forth with them. It's nice to experience our dreams in books :)

Johanna said...

Sounds like a book to look out for - I love the title! I love the idea of downing tools and taking time out to follow your dreams - mine could involve living in Paris although I prefer many other styles of cooking to cordon bleu!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds like a great read, Deb. I find it is important to re-invent yur self every one in a while - keeps things interesting! :)

Bellini Valli said...

If only we could all follow our dreams Deb. This book does sound like a great read. Is this a dream of yours?

Lori Lynn said...

Great review. I look forward to reading it!

Loulou said...

This sounds like a great story! I'll have to try to pick it up somewhere. My friend often brings books back from the UK, so I'll ask her to try to find it the next time she travels.

If you're game, I've tagged you for a meme on the site I contribute to, www.liketocook.com. Hope you can join in!

Maryann said...

Hi Deb!
Sounds like a great read. I just want to thank you for your support while I was fighting the Gremlins. Much appreciated :)

Gloria said...

Debs love this post and love the pictures, you always have nice pictures!!!xxxGloria

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Sounds like a great read...and a pretty appealing adventure right about now. I suppose I can dream... ;-)

KayKat said...

Mmm ... I've often fantasized about that. I'll definitely be checking this book out.

noble pig said...

I am adding this one to my amazon list. I have to say I love books on food and wine stories like this but I hadn't heard of this one. Thanks for pointing it out.

winedeb said...

Thanks gang for all of your comments. You will enjoy her book!

Laurie Constantino said...

I want this book. Now. As soon as possible.

Bellini Valli said...

I won this book through Coco Cooks and have been "devouring" it. I will be making the Chicken Cordon Bleu this week sometime.