Welcome! I’m the author of two books. My first was the memoir-with-recipes The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, (Viking/Penguin 2007) a real-life story of leaving corporate life to cash in my life savings to study at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris — where I fell in love with my husband, whom many refer to as The Mike. My second book is The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, which was just awarded best non-fiction book in the memoir/autobiography category from the American Society of Journalists & Authors.
I also serve on the board of directors for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Follow what I’m up to now via my blog and Twitter. I’m at work on another memoir, a collection of true-life stories and a work of fiction that’s partially a roman a clef of my five years living in London.
I’ve teamed up with Rouxbe.com and curated a series of online lessons that work along with The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. You can try one lesson for free — knife skills — arguably the most essential skill for any home cook to master. From there, you can try a lesson at a time or take the the full “class” offered as a companion for the book. Learn more here.
I’m passionate about home cooking. I believe that everyone has it in them to learn to cook, in doing so save time, spend less, nourish yourself and your family, and gain confidence not only in the kitchen, but in yourself.
Wall Street Journal: Between Foodies and Frozen Dinners
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: So You Think You Can’t Cook? Think Again.
Associated Press: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School Inspires and Informs
Blogher.com: A Conversation with Kathleen Flinn
Tampa Tribune: Fresh Ingredients and Cooking Skills Can Transform Your Life
The Day: Take the Fear Out of Cooking
The Cleveland Plain Dealer: New Book Lures Us Back to Four Burners
I love book clubs. I’ve dialed into about 60+ book club meetings and I’d be delighted to chat with yours, just drop me a line. Download the book club guides: Menu Guide and Discussion Guide for The Sharper Your Knife and Book Club Activity & Discussion Guide for The Kitchen Counter Cooking School (new!).
I’m always looking for volunteeer recipe testers for upcoming projects. It’s a fun community and you can win prizes. Bad cooks are invited, too. In fact, they make the best testers! Just drop me an email.
- NPR’s Talk of the Nation with my longtime radio crush Neil Conan
- The Tampa Tribune by one of my favorite food journalists, Jeff Houck (note: I did this from my bathtub)
- The Satellite Sisters national radio show (Fun bunch! My interview starts at 56 minutes in)
- The Seattle Times by CC Sullivan
- Market Kitchen TV in the UK (Got to drink Calvados on the air with Matthew Fort!)
My books are available everywheren books are sold, including independent booksellers such as Elliott Bay Book Co., Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible.com. You can also purchase personalized and signed books directly from me via email. Please note, that I have only a limited number of first-edition hardcovers of The Sharper Your Knife available. Email me to order a copy.