The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

I have read a variety of books about cooking school.  Loved this one.  Journalist at 38 years old fulfills a life time dream of going to the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris. Cashes in her entire life savings to do it.  Lots of chutzpah.  The title is classic too.  The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. 

I not only enjoyed reading about where she (Kathleen Flinn) went since I spent a month in Paris this summer.  I loved reading about the year long process.  Of course, she has also added in that she happened to fall in love ( not from France ) and many other things took place over a year in her life, but she probably speaks as she writes.  A very fluid book.

I have taken a few cooking classes and enjoyed most of them.  But, Flinn became fluent in French over time and as you read the book her instincts for cooking change.  She goes from being a great home chef to being an expert. 

Makes me think about doing it myself.  Although I might be hard pressed to do a year in learning to cook and another year learning how to bake.  Could be a dog fight. 

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  1. Gotham Gal

    I took classes at the Ice Culinary Institute (previous Peter Kumps). Thereare also classes at the New School and even Bouley has classes which I haveheard good things about. Ice has everything to offer, one day classes, weeklong classes, etc. and all the teachers are very knowledgeable.

  2. Ben

    You mentioned you’ve taken a few cooking classes? Have you taken any here in NYC? If so, can you and/or any of your audience recommend nyc-based cooking schools/classes. I’m interested in taking classes (ideally dowtown) with my girlfriend. Cheers and happy holidays!

  3. Guest

    things like this inspire me. i panic because i haven’t achieved x y or z by now. but this reminds how beautifully long life is. i have so many years to grab hold of things that escaped me in my youth.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Exactly. People write incredible novels at 60 and they have never writtenbefore. Life gives you many chances to try new avenues….that¹s what makesit interesting.