So, it’s weird when someone whose byline you seek out ends up writing about you. Thus is the case when John Marshall, the book critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer included me in his fall recommended reading roundup. I like his reviews, and typically agree with him, so I was psyched that he incuded my book. Here’s his review:
“The Sharper Your Knife,
the Less You Cry”
by Kathleen Flinn (Viking, 274 pages, $24.95, October).
Food books have become a popular subspecies of memoir in the past couple of years and this tasty new offering by a Seattle-based writer seems destined to earn an honored place on the crowded bookshelves of many foodie readers. Kathleen Flinn recounts one of those signal moments in life and the risky step that came afterward — the former newspaper reporter loses her corporate middle-management job in London and decides to use up her savings to pursue her longtime dream of enrolling at Le Cordon Bleu, the fabled cooking school in Paris. What results is a charming, yet surprisingly suspenseful account of the education of a chef (with some classic recipes and many tips), but also one woman’s inspiring story of rising to, and surmounting, an imposing challenge.
Thanks, John. Oh, and he’s got many good titles on the list. He includes Bloodletting and Other Miracle Cures by Vincent Lamb, who I met at the Northwest Booksellers Associaton. I just started reading it and it’s terrific.) Take a look at his full list.