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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 listeners to the mix of food and memoir beloved by fanss of her best-selling 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 pancakesfrom Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories and how cooking canbe a form of communication.

Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn's many fans, as well as fans of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.

©2014 Kathleen Flinn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved this!!! Refreshing!

I loved that the parents loved each other and were optimists!! So refreshing!! Real people, real life and real struggles, but they made the best of it!!!!

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Well-read and profoundly moving

Memoirs are my favorite genre, and this book is one of the best memoirs I've read. The story and the storyteller make you feel like part of the family. This is a book I'll listen to again and again.

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a light story

his book made me reminisce about my upbringing family life and what things are truly important.