Monday, February 25, 2008

A Fascination With Food, Part 2

As promised earlier, here is the full review of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn.

After being let go from a corporate job that she loathed, Kathleen Flinn decided to accomplish her life long dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris. She cashed in her life savings and left for France even though she was barely able to speak the language. While Kathleen learned techniques for preparing puff pastry and making stock, she made friends with culinary students from Brazil, Japan, and one from England who looks like Liz Hurley. She was tutored by the owner of her local wine shop as well as by a homeless man who advised her that her sauces needed more salt. Loads of interesting characters, particularly the chefs, spice up this fun memoir of one woman’s adventure of a lifetime. You may find yourself learning a few things too. The title refers to the fact that if your knife is dull when you cut you will bruise the onion more than you would with a sharp knife, causing the onion to release more alkaloids that will make your eyes tear up. There is a local tie in too; The Atlantic Culinary Academy at McIntosh College is part of Le Cordon Bleu™ culinary program.

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