Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

'The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry'

After a layoff from her corporate job at age 36, Kathleen Flinn packed her bags and headed for Paris to fulfill a lifelong dream — to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.

Flinn chronicles her Parisian adventures and her experience becoming a chef in her new memoir: The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School.

Throughout the book, Flinn intersperses dozens of recipes, accounts of her "wretchedly inadequate" French, stories of competitive classmates — and a love story, too.

Copyright 2023 NPR. To see more, visit