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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Inspiring, Hopeful

    I thoroughly enjoyed Kathleen Flinn's story of her adventure at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. The whole concept of leaving a corporate job to pursue one's dream is inspiring in itself but to do it for the love of cooking, a dream of my own, is doubly so. I laughed and cried as I listened to the books on CD version. I especially liked hearing the day to day frustrations and joys at preparing a particular dish for a group of very discerning teachers who were surprisingly compassionate as well as demanding. The friendships she made with other students, the chefs and with parisians add charm to the story. The author's romance and marriage woven into the story was marvelous and icing on the cake.

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

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    This is a great book for a chef or a wannabe chef.

    Flinn takes us on her journey through her life and her time at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, she takes a chance and enrolls when she loses her job in London. The trials and tribulations of attending the toughest and most famous cooking school are amusing, touching, and endearing all at once. Chefs will pick up cooking and food preparation tips as well as full recipes at the end of each chapter. Flinn shares not only what she learned at school about cooking, but also what she learned of life. Along the way, she falls in love, gets married, and begins to look at the world in a different light because of her associations with the students, teachers, and culture of food at Le Cordon Bleu.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    very very good book

    i love all things that deal with cooking. i actually want to go to culinary school so when i heard of this book i ran to the store to buy it. i really like how it is her own experience in the culinary school and how she gives you an inside scoop. really recomend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    For the Dreamer In All of us

    I spotted this book while shelving cookbooks during work one day and read the book jacket and was immediately drawn to it. I picked it up after work and read nonstop through the night. From page 1 Kathleen Flinn crafts a breathtaking and enticing picture of life at the world's most elite cooking school. Each character is described so vividly and cames to life. From 'The gray chef' to Liz-Cat to the over achieving Margo, Kathleen's tale of life school in 3 courses (Basic, Intermediate, and Superior). Each chapter left me wanting to know who would pass and where life would take everyone. One of the best books I've read in quite a long time. With a dash of romance, a sprinkle of humor, and kitchen disaster, this book is a must read for anyone who ever has/had a dream sitting on the back burner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    Outstanding Read!

    What a year in Paris, huh? What an entertaining book. I just loved it. What an inspiration Ms. 'K' is. I think most who enjoy a great story will enjoy reading this wonderful book. I am happy to recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

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

    What a find! This is funny, touching and just all around inspiring. I picked it up at a local BN store and eagerly awaited coming home each night to read it and wished it would not end, which is probably best compliment I can think of for a book. I also learned a lot by the information tucked in here and there by the author. The cooking school portions were intriguing but it was the story of personal evolution that really spoke to me. I identified with the author a lot. I¿m in my late 30s, unmarried and feel like a slave to my career. Lately, I¿ve been thinking of just chucking it in and doing something altogether different. If she can do it, maybe I can, too. (Of course first, I need to go visit Paris.) This would also make a great gift book for many different kinds of people, especially as it contains many tempting recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

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    This was a truly enjoyable story about love, life and food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

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

    I thought the subtitle 'Love, Laughter and Tears' sounded kind of corny -- until I read it. It is such a cliche but I literally laughed and cried while reading this book. It's fun, intriguiging and ultimately an inspirational story about what happens when you take a risk to pursue your dreams. A great book club selection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2007

    Loved The Sharper Your Knife!

    Really liked this, it's a fun and easy read...loved the humorous and fascinating look behind the scenes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Great for someone who has always dreamed of attending. Wonderful reading for us cooks and want-to-be-chefs...

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