Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good
written by Kathleen Flinn
published by Penguin, August 2015
About the book – from Goodreads: A delicious new memoir from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry.
A family history peppered with recipes, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good offers a humorous and flavorful tale spanning three generations as Kathleen Flinn returns to the mix of food and memoir readers loved in herNew York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. Brimming with tasty anecdotes about Uncle Clarence’s divine cornflake-crusted fried chicken, Grandpa Charles’s spicy San Antonio chili, and Grandma Inez’s birthday-only cinnamon rolls, Flinn—think Ruth Reichl topped with a dollop of Julia Child—shows how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be communication. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good will inspire readers (and book clubs) to reminisce about their own childhoods—and spend time in their kitchens making new memories of their own.
“Craving a beach read with bite? Kathleen Flinn’s new memoir . . . chronicles her family’s culinary adventures . . . food is a blissful constant, even in the craziest of times.” —Redbook
“Flinn’s Michigan-based clan faced years of struggle with grit and humor . . . Flinn shares uplifting stories of the recipes that shaped her life.” —More Magazine
“Flinn recognizes the turning points in what others would see as ordinary lives and makes them shine, evoking a time and place and an old-fashioned appreciation for family and love.” —Seattle Times
“[A] heartfelt and comforting third memoir about how food, recipes and cooking can add meaning and shape lives. If you’ve ever wondered how the woman who signed up for Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu online (“The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry”) or stalked clueless women in supermarkets (“The Kitchen Counter Cooking School”) came by her sense of humor, her approachable wackiness and her recipe for homemade noodles, it’s here.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune