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"The Sharper your Knife, the Less You Cry" by Kathleen Flynn.  A memoir of attending the cordon bleu school in paris by a corporate refugee from Seattle, featuring travelling the city and a luuuurve story thrown in.  I was surprised to see some low rankings on Librarything but I really liked it a lot.  I'd almost put it up against "the making of a chef" by michael ruhlman, and I REALLY loved that book.

Recommended for fans of Paris, cooking, and small scale non smarmy luuuurve stories.  This is the book I wish I had read instead of J&J.

Anyone else got any food writing to recommend?

Date: 2013-01-25 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bristlesage.livejournal.com
Have you read Bill Buford's Heat? I think that's still my favorite bit of food writing.

Date: 2013-01-25 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blanx73.livejournal.com
That's what I came in to recommend.

Date: 2013-01-25 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bristlesage.livejournal.com
Ruth Reichel also knows what's up. Which I suppose is not a surprise.
Edited Date: 2013-01-25 04:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-01-26 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haardvark.livejournal.com
Been there, done that, pushed it on others with what may have been a little too much enthusiasm. That said, I liked the Crazy Tuscan Butcher parts about 10000 times more than the Batali parts.

Done most of the Reichl too, I think. Most recently "Not Becoming My Mother" which was well written but frankly depressed the heck out of me,

Date: 2013-01-25 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scout1222.livejournal.com
Man, I have not read any food writing in awhile. I did a huge amount of "food politics" type stuff a year or two ago, but I don't think anything since then.

Date: 2013-01-25 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scout1222.livejournal.com
Oh! I just looked through my bookshelf and saw Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant and that was good, which then jogged my memory that I picked up the kindle version of What We Eat When We Eat Alone which I thought was really fun - from the gourmet to the cheezy, it was an interesting look at how food changes when it's not consumed as a crowd.

Date: 2013-01-27 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haardvark.livejournal.com
Wow I don't know either of those. Added to my list! thanks Steph!

Date: 2013-01-25 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vix1.livejournal.com
I recently read 52 Loaves, which was enjoyable but not outstanding.


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