The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
On Sale: October 4, 2007
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A delightful true story of food, Paris, and the fulfillment
of a lifelong dream
In 2003, Kathleen Flinn, a thirty-six-year-old American
living and working in London, returned from vacation to find
that her corporate job had been eliminated. Ignoring her
mother’s advice that she get another job immediately or
“never get hired anywhere ever again,” Flinn instead cleared
out her savings and moved to Paris to pursue a dream—a
diploma from the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. The
Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry is the touching and
remarkably funny account of Flinn’s transformation as she
moves through the school’s intense program and falls deeply
in love along the way. Flinn interweaves more than two dozen
recipes with a unique look inside Le Cordon Bleu amid
battles with demanding chefs, competitive classmates, and
her “wretchedly inadequate” French. Flinn offers a vibrant
portrait of Paris, one in which the sights and sounds of the
city’s street markets and purveyors come alive in rich
detail. The ultimate wish fulfillment book, her story is a
true testament to pursuing a dream. Fans of Julie & Julia,
Almost French, and Eat, Pray, Love will be amused, inspired,
and richly rewarded by this seductive tale of romance,
Paris, and French food.
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