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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School | by Kathleen Flinn

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn
(Viking Adult, 2011, 304 pages)

I read Flinn’s other book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t wowed by it. I loved The Kitchen Counter Cooking School! I feel like I took so much away from reading this book, and I have to admit it surprised me. Flinn takes it upon herself to start an impromptu cooking school with cooking novices and cooking-phobics. She ends up with 9 women of various ages and economic situations and she takes it upon herself to teach them the basics of learning how to feel comfortable in the kitchen.

Each chapter guides us through a certain lesson, whether it’s about making soup, learning cuts of meat, or figuring out how to take advantage of all those leftovers that eventually get thrown away. A lot of stuff seems like basic common sense, and yet so many people find the kitchen intimidating that they don’t realize how easy it would be to simply open their fridge and cupboards and see what they can do. People end up wasting money on fast food and boxed meals in an effort to save time and money, when in reality they’ll end up eating more and wasting money.

I learned so much reading this book and it was very motivating. All I wanted to do was cook the whole time I was reading! If you’re into cooking and food books, or if you think cooking is beyond you, this book will be a wonderful read.

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