Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

A Memoir of Food and Love From An American Midwest Family

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Penguin Putnam
A delicious memoir from the 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.


Random House, Inc.
A delicious memoir from the 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 bestsellingThe 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.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a recipe-augmented family history that traces the origins of the author's love affair with food to her Midwestern youth and her parents' San Francisco pizza parlor, where signature dishes created sumptuous memories.

Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling author of The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry presents a recipe-augmented family history that traces the origins of her love affair with food to her Midwestern youth and her parents' San Francisco pizza parlor, where signature dishes created sumptuous memories.

Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014
New York, New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670015443
067001544X
Branch Call Number: 641.59 FLI 2014
Characteristics: xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_HeatherR May 08, 2015

A wonderful memoir about a Midwestern family. It's especially fun to read this memoir if you've read The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry or The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by the same author. (And if you haven't, you should!)

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 17, 2014

After reading so many books (even though really well-written and mostly fascinating) about incredibly dysfunctional families, it's a relief and restful to read one about an ordinary mid-western family, written with great love and compassion. And recipes!

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Oct 08, 2014

Kathleen Flinn is one of the best authors I have read, writing non-fiction books\memoirs. Her stories are and interesting, heart warming, intimate look at family life, with laugh out loud stories. Great memoir with recipes at the end of each chapter. This book is about her family of origin; her growing up years and the influence of family on her love of cooking. This is her third book. Also read her two previous books: the Sharper your Knife, the less you cry about her training at Le Cordon Bleu school of cooking, and Kitchen Counter Cooking Lessons. Don't let the fact that this is non-fiction scare you. It is a delightful, memorable read.

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