The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks (Paperback)
October 2011 Indie Next List
“Flinn's love of cooking led her to study at Le Cordon Bleu and her first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. After helping a clueless cook shop for healthy food at the supermarket, Flinn realized that most Americans are lost when it comes to feeding themselves and their families. She began a project to transform the cooking and buying habits of nine volunteers through cooking lessons. This is a fascinating study of the reliance of Americans on pre-packaged food and the importance of cooking for health and nourishment.”
— Avery Dickey, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
The author of the New York Times bestseller The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry tells the inspiring story of how she helped nine others find their inner cook.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost readers' culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes that get readers cooking.
About the Author
Kathleen Flinn has been a writer and journalist for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Weekend, Men’s Fitness, and many other publications. She is a proud member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Author’s Guild. She divides her time between Seattle and southwest Florida.
"This could be the most important book you'll ever read."
--Morgan Spurlock, Super Size Me
“…[A] terrific, inspiring book…”
-People (A People Pick, 4 stars)
"If you are going to read one book to change your diet and your life, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School is it."
"Kathleen entered the kitchens of strangers and took the time to understand how they think about food before changing their cooking forever."
--Amanda Hesser, Food 52, The Essential New York Times Cookbook
“A life-changing book--entertaining, inspiring, and deeply educational."
--Erica Bauermeister, The School for Essential Ingredients
"A funny, thoroughly engrossing book...get ready to be inspired--and to eat well along the way." --Molly Wizenberg, Orangette.com, A Homemade Life
"An engaging...book on the joys of home cooking and the teaching thereof."
-The Wall Street Journal
"The author''s humble approach is inviting and shows why her students were enthusiastic."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Flinn guides you patiently in the kitchen like the mom you always wish you''d had to learn to cook from...the women gained confidence under Flinn''s wonderfully encouraging tutelage, and fearlessly faced their kitchens and grocery stores with useful knowledge."
"Flinn winningly offers inspiration to anyone who cares about cooking but lacks basic tools and skills."
"An amiable companion to cookbook stalwarts such as Mark Bittman''s How To Cook Everything, Pam Anderson''s How To Cook Without a Book, and Michael Ruhlman''s Ratio, this title provides encouragement where the others offer direction. A mash-up of inspiration and reference, it will appeal to readers who enjoy a story with their instruction."
— The Kitchen Counter Cooking School