The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn

When Kathleen Flinn was fired from her 9 to 5 job, she decided to do what she’s always wanted to do–attend the prestigious French cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu.  She packed up her corporate life and in a matter of days rented an apartment in Paris and began her journey not only through the culinary arts, but also herself.   Flinn, who took countless pages of meticulous notes while there, saturates the book in delicious details about the food and Paris in general, and also her experiences in class, her classmates, and her colorful–or not so colorful–chefs.   This book entertains, teaches, and inspires.   Flinn’s style is easy and personal while she shares her hardships, happiness, and hilarious mishaps.  Each chapter ends with a recipe, often something she learns in class or that is referenced to in the chapter, and another acquired piece of wisdom about life, either overtly or subtly.  This is a true story of having the courage to live the life you want, a story that appeals to me since I’m always thinking about how to live my life.  Books about renewal and self-discovery, like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, always get to me.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had a similar message:  it’s never to late to start over and live passionately, and Flinn’s novel inspires you to have that courage.

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