The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
Reviewed by Chris, Librarian at Bridgewater Library
I listened to Kathleen Flinn’s The Sharper The Knife, The Less You Cry, a memoir of her experiences getting laid off and then spending her life savings on going to France and attending Le Cordon Bleu, despite not knowing that much French. She also tries (often successfully) to navigate the rest of her life while getting her diplôme de cuisine, including planning a wedding at the last minute on another continent.
The reader is pretty good, and is fairly successful with accents and her French pronunciation, although I may have been better served reading it in print, as my understanding of written French is superior to that of spoken French (what with all the dropped consonants and all). (The book is in English, but there’s understandably a lot of French in it too.)
I don’t know that it needed to be ten discs (9, plus a disc of recipes), but it was fairly entertaining. There is a very amusing cast of characters, including The World’s Smartest Homeless Man, who hangs out outside LCB to get food from the students as they leave.
A lot of the chapters closed with recipes, and a thing that stuck out to me is that while Flinn does talk about the importance of cooking by weight rather than volume, she gives metric equivalents for most things, but still sticks to teaspoons and tablespoons without converting those as well. (5 and 15 ml, respectively).
After listening to this, I realized that while I enjoy cooking, I don’t think I could handle culinary school!