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
motherâ€™s advice that she get another job immediately or
â€śnever get hired anywhere ever again,â€ť Flinn instead cleared
out her savings and moved to Paris to pursue a dreamâ€”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 Flinnâ€™s transformation as she
moves through the schoolâ€™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 â€śwretchedly inadequateâ€ť French. Flinn offers a vibrant
portrait of Paris, one in which the sights and sounds of the
cityâ€™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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