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Mar 6, 2008 01:30 PM

"The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry"

Anyone read this tale of the author's sojourn at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris? I'm finding it vastly entertaining.

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  1. Good to hear. My folks got it for me for XMAS but I haven't started it yet. I generally enjoy the culinary memoir genre but not always, for instance I didn't really like "On Rue Tatin."

    1. I thought it was entertaining, but quick. Good for reading when traveling and there's no scenery to look at. The cooking descriptions were good because they didn't feel like I was just reading a recipe. Overall it's great for anyone needing a little push to go make a try at that thing they've always dreamed of doing. Only thing that struck an odd nerve with me was that it seemed like anyone she met and liked was described as good looking, while those she didn't like were unattractive.

      1. Our book club reads only food-related titles and we all LOVED that book. It's my favorite book in a long time. The behind the scenes look at Cordon Bleu is fascinating.
        The recipes are mostly French, but there are few ethnic ones. I've made the chicken in mustard sauce and a fish with thai spices - both were great.

        It is a quick read, even though it's not a short book. (I've got my copy here and it's 280 pages; about 35 or so are devoted to recipes.) I read on the writer's site she's doing a follow-up book. She's also doing a culinary trip to Paris that includes visiting places in the book, including Rungis and Cordon Bleu.

        1. i just bought this book and I can't wait to start. I can't get enough stories about cooking, love and paris