I went to an all-day writing workshop this weekend, a fun way to spend a Saturday and very inspiring. As I was listening to the keynote speaker, an author who in addition to penning two books, wrote a column about life and family for the local paper a few years ago. She called her column "Small Moments" and spoke about how writing is all about those small, sometimes ordinary moments, woven together to create a story. It made me think of our April/May Cook the Books selection, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir with Recipes from an American Family by Kathleen Flinn, a book made up of small moments--happy, sad, humorous, embarrassing, touching, and even annoying, that make up the story of a family.
I had stumbled across Flinn's The Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry (about
attending Le Cordon Blue in Paris) a few years ago and then I reviewed her second book,
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School (her experiences teaching a group of
novice cooks how to make good healthy meals on a tight budget), shortly after. I loved
both books and have been wanting to read this one to discover the food and
memories that shaped Flinn and how she found her passion for cooking. I am
only about a third of the way into the story (I'll be reading along
with everyone) but am already enjoying Flinn's family stories--maybe because I can relate to being the youngest "trust me" baby in a large, crazy family without a lot of money growing up in the 70s in America. I hope you enjoy the book, along with the many recipes it contains and that it inspires you to head to the kitchen and cook something delicious.
Submissions for this round of Cook The Books are due by end-of-the-day Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Anyone can join in by reading the current selection, preparing a dish
inspired by its contents, and writing about it. Let me know when your
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