Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

An unexpected career crisis leads a former corporate exec to the legendary Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, while her perfect boyfriend puts his career on hold to hang out with her.  

If The Sharper Your Knife were a novel instead of a memoir, it would verge on too adorable to tolerate.  Not quite Eat, Pray, Love, but getting there.  Yes, Flinn has plenty of anxious moments in the classroom and out.  These range from the enviable (the crisis of having to buy a wedding dress off the rack in Paris) to the seriously sympathetic (her new husband suffers a life-threatening accident).  But mostly she shares the joy and excitement of veering off a chosen career track to live in a magical place, fulfilling a life dream.

The whole American in Paris/cooking school/Julia Child redux schtick works because it hits many notes on everyone's fantasy scale. Best to simply indulge.


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The Sharper Your Knife counts as my first book for the 2014 Foodies Read challenge.  It is also going on my French Connections list.



  1. Thanks, Gillon, this one's headed for the TBR list. Cheers

  2. I considered this during all of my books on France reading last year, but it never made the top of the list. Clearly, I need to plan another trip so I can do more reading!

    Joy's Book Blog

  3. I had a friend who just loved this book.

  4. Will add it to my TBR list. Thanks!

  5. I have a feeling I'd like this one!

  6. I really enjoyed this one.

  7. Sounds good, thanks for sharing!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  8. I've been meaning to read this one, and now I think I'd better track down a copy.


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