A delicious memoir from the author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry In this family history interwoven with recipes, Kathleen Flinn returns readers to the mix of food and memoir beloved by readers of her bestselling The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good explores the very beginnings of her love affair with food and its connection to home. It is the story of her Midwestern childhood, its memorable home cooks, and the delicious recipes she grew up with. Flinn shares tales of her parents' pizza parlor in San Francisco, where they sold Uncle Clarence's popular oven-fried chicken, as well as recipes for the chili made by former army cook Grandpa Charles, fluffy Swedish pancakes from Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories and how cooking can be a form of communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn's many fans, as well as readers of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.
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"Cassandra CampbellÕs velvety voice conveys heartfelt moments in this comforting story of tradition, food, and familial love. This rich memoir recounts the journey of author Kathleen FlinnÕs family from Sweden to America and how they managed through good times and bad to maintain a life that provided the stability and support of family. CampbellÕs steady narration not only allows listeners to relish all the details of cooking rituals but also captures the strong family connection, especially between the authorÕs mother and father. CampbellÕs range of voices offers some liveliness in an otherwise soothing narration. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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