I picked up Kathleen Flinn's first book, "The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry", a couple of years ago and enjoyed reading about her journey of stepping out of her comfort zone, moving to Paris, and navigating the unfamiliar waters of Cooking School at Le Cordon Bleu. I guess I enjoy living vicariously through people who take a huge chance and embark on something so different from their previous life. Plus, I enjoy books about cooking!
When I saw the newest listing for Kathleen Flinn, I was intrigued. To some degree, this book picks up (albeit a few years down the road) where the other one left off. We rejoin Kathleen after she has returned to Seattle, married Mike, and find her wandering around in the grocery store observing individuals as they shop.
I was instantly captivated by this story, as she approaches two people in the store and engages them in a conversation about how to prepare a dish. She begins to wonder why people choose such highly processed foods rather than opting for the simpler, less-expensive, and healthier versions of what they eat.
This leads to an experimental cooking class which includes individuals from a broad cross-section of lifestyles who volunteer to participate to learn how to do basic, and not-so-basic, food preparation skills.
Along the way, Kathleen shares recipes, offers tips for how to select foods, knife skills, and more.
I believe this is a book that would be useful to the novice cook, as well as an enjoyable, yet still-educational, book for someone with more experience.
I am so enthusiastic about it that I would like to offer a copy to one of our readers! Here is how to qualify to win: please leave a comment at the bottom of this post about what you most enjoy about cooking, as well as a skill you feel you could improve upon. I will take posts all the way up to the day before Thanksgiving. Cutoff for winning a copy of the book will be 12:01 am, 11/24/11. I will choose a random # based on how many people leave a comment. I will announce the winner (hopefully!) on Wednesday, 11/23/11. The book will be shipped after I return from traveling for Thanksgiving weekend.