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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

annagrayscott, July 16, 2007

A friend in the book world gave me an advance copy of this book as I?m going to culinary school this fall after a 12-year career in real estate. This is a terrifically entertaining account of an experience most people can only dream about -- attending Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The behind-the-kitchen door account of life at the school is fascinating, but, her story goes beyond that, as she figures out who she is and what she wants from life. I really identified her.

Like Elizabeth Gilbert in ?Eat, Pray, Love? this author has enormous wit, and is not afraid of humor at her own expense, whether its dealing with kitchen fumbles or the trouble caused by her own (initially) poor French. There are many touching, emotional passages as well, such as when she talks about her sister, who never had the chance to live her dream of attending the Sorbonne due to a tragic family illness. The story follows her lessons at school as she weaves cooking tips, chef tricks and culinary history that teach as you read, and layers that on top of messages about love and life. All in all, it?s just a wonderful book, and is so fast-paced that before I knew it, I?d read it in two days.

Each chapter has a recipe a la ?Like Water for Chocolate?. In a way, this reminded me of that that book with its connections between love and cooking, although I can see other, more obvious comparisons to ?Under the Tuscan Sun? or ?Making of a Chef?.

I think a lot of women will identify with this story, whether they cook or not.
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