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

Jun 26, 2012

This memoir provides a window into the most prestigious culinary institute in the world, the Paris Cordon Bleu.  It was written while the author herself was one of the students there. The book contains witty observations from the world of haute cuisine and covers basic recipes and cooking instruction, together with a few tricks and shortcuts she learned there. 

Faced with a crossroad in her life, the author impulsively decided to move to Paris and pursue the dream she once confided to Julia Child: to study at the Cordon Bleu. Kathleen describes in detail her new friends and competitive classmates, along with her continuing explorations of Paris and her struggles to improve her rusty French, as all the classes are taught in French. 

The Sharper Your Knife is a great, fun and inspiring read for any cook or food enthusiast. It is funny, reads well, and makes your mouth water.

Reviewed by Library Staff