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Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family (Hardcover)
“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.” As soon as I read that quote from the author’s grandmother on one of the first pages of this book, I knew I was in for a treat. Flinn, author of another of my favorites, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, has written a warm, wonderful and funny memoir about growing up in the Midwest, surrounded by loving family and good food. And there are recipes at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book, including those love-filled pancakes from Grandma Inez. What a treat! ~ Alison— From Alison
A delicious memoir from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
In this family history interwoven with recipes, Kathleen Flinn returns readers to the mix of food and memoir beloved by readers of her bestselling The Sharper Your
Knife, the Less You Cry. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good explores the very beginnings of her love affair with food and its connection to home. It is the story of her midwestern childhood, its memorable home cooks, and the delicious recipes she grew up with. Flinn shares tales of her parents pizza parlor in San Francisco, where they sold Uncle Clarence's popular oven-fried chicken, as well as recipes for the vats of chili made by her former army cook Grandpa Charles, fluffy Swedish pancakes from Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be a form of communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn's many fans as well as readers of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.
About the Author
Kathleen Flinn is the author ofThe Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, aNew York Timesbest-selling memoir about her experiences at the famed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She leveraged her French culinary training to understand what holds home cooks back from cooking in her widely acclaimed follow-upThe Kitchen Counter Cooking School, named a 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the American Society of Journalists & Authors. A trained journalist and writer for more than 25 years, Flinn s work has appeared in more than three dozen publications worldwide. She lives in Seattle and Anna Maria Island, Florida, with her husband, Mike, and their trusty rescue dog, Maddy."