After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost listeners' culinary self-confidence, strategies to get the most from their grocery dollars, and simple recipes that get listeners cooking.
©2011 Kathleen Flinn (P)2011 Tantor
"The author's humble approach is inviting and shows why her students were enthusiastic." (Kirkus)
I like that she takes examples from the from grocery store boxed items and trys to show how they could be made more simply, cheaply at home without all the chemicals. I also liked the fact that she gives you some basic starting points for getting started at home cooking. This book would be best for those just starting out in the kitchen or those of us who have been stuck in a rut and have resorted to eating more processed foods. Overall, I enjoyed this book and as a health coach will recommend it to many of my clients to help them get started in the kitchen.
Although I like this narrators voice, there were several places where either the editing was chopped or she didn't pronouce the word properly. These are very minor, but I did notice them and usually replayed it just to make sure I was hearing her properly.
Unfortunately, she doesn't give all the recipies, which would be out of scope for this book. However, for the recipes she does give, a PDF companion would have been very helpful. Without it your stuck writing down all the recipes as she gives them or buying the book.
Kathleen Flinn has inspired me to learn how to cook properly. No more can and box meals for me. She makes learning to cook from scratch fun and easy. The narrator Marguerite Gavin lends a fantastic voice for the reading. You can easily follow the different characters just by the change in her reading. Great job.
What a great read. The author totally demystifies cooking and helps the reader embrace home cooking. After listening this book, I have increased my cooking skills and decreased the money I spend on food! I had no idea how easy cooking was! The only thing I wish is that they made a pdf of the recipes and cheat sheet for followup cooking!!!
Much less fast-food.
I don't particularly have a most memorable moment in the book but when I realized, while painstakingly bookmarking each location (107 so far) I wanted to revisit, that I was becoming a very good cook. At least in comparison to what I was before and even better than my wife.
The recipes and/or references to ingredients are very hard to follow when they are being read so fast. This is one of the reasons for my more than 100 bookmarks. On top of that, I slowed the audio down to 1/2 speed when going over recipes and/or cooking instructions.
Her stories were interesting however as I said before, this was more of a self-help book and the emotion accumulated slowly, as I learned to become a better cook and really understand what I was doing, not simply following someone's written instructions.
I have since began to make dishes of my own accord, without recipes, which before was all but impossible except for the simplest of dishes.
There is a down side to reading and putting these lessons into practice. Meals that are eaten at a restaurant are scrutinized much more. They often seem bland and I''m second guessing the cook or even the chef in some cases.
I understand food MUCH MORE than I ever have in my life. I know that on average about 75% of the sodium that I eat comes from processed (packaged) foods. All the credit doesn't go to Kathleen Flinn however because I also recently read "The body fat solution" by Tom Venuto. It's not a cookbook so there isn't a comparison here.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever walked into the kitchen and felt challenged to cook a good meal, anyone that has children, that cares about their body condition and health and anyone that isn't rich enough, or lucky enough, to have someone else prepare your meals for you.
Feeding my brain is crucial.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was well-thought out, in that the author gives recipes, reasons why we should take time to cook what we eat instead of eating our of cans and boxes. The narrator does not leave you bored, but wanting to listen to what is happening and coming next. I have gone through culinary school and still learned a few things while being reminded of some things that I had forgotten. This book is great for a beginner to a seasoned chef.
The book is great. I'm a fan of Kathleen Flinn.
An avid audible.com listener, I've never taken the time to actually complain about a reading, but Ms Gavin's performance is read in such a womanly baritone register that it's eternally aggravating. Imagine an aspiring newscaster reading eight hours of a food blog aloud. You get my drift..
So so. It was a light enjoyable listen for the most part. But I sort of was hoping for it to be over at the same time. It wasn't a very compelling story nor very enlightening in the kitchen. I appreciated her desire to help America get back in the kitchen.
Yes. Although her characters were not memorable I'd be interested if only for the kitchen tips. The characters were interesting enough just not well developed past their initial encounter. I couldn't remember who was who. I did like the relationship between her and her husband.
As far as the culinary aspect, which is why I chose the book, I felt a bit gipped. I want to learn more about putting it all together and this really wasn't all too helpful. It seemed more novel than kitchen info. I would have preferred the reverse.
Was she drunk?
Sure. I think any of the cooking lessons could go into far more depth. But I sure hope she uses a different reader and gets some help in making it more interesting and followable.
A few PDF's of recipes and tips would be great.
As a proficient cook who is over-reliant on Cook's Illustrated, I was hoping this book would help me learn to freestyle in the kitchen, rather than always be chained to recipes. It doesn't provide that kind of information, and I found it lacking in the useful tips that others have discovered here. More damning, the book is bogged down by long passages of personal detail from the author, telling us about her blessed professional career as a chef, her lucky life in Seattle, and her fortuitous luxury cruises. I didn't care. An additional problem is that there's lots of recipes in the audio, so you end up having long lists of ingredients being read to you. The everyday people that she selects to enlighten with her wisdom in scenes of instruction are hot-pocket-heating neophytes with everything to learn. If you have basic cooking competence, I would suggest passing on this one.
I enjoyed her gaining insight from each of her students and making me feel it is achiveable to be a better cook.
I was able to incorporate many of her tips into my cooking, and I have noticed (and so has my family) a great improvement in my cooking
The author provides cooking skills in a thoughtful, fiction-like manner. I found this book Informative & enjoyable! It is much different than the author's previous book.
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