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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School Audiobook

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How A Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"The author's humble approach is inviting and shows why her students were enthusiastic." (Kirkus)

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    Anonymous 10-14-17
    10-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A fun story"

    Great concept for helping people enjoy life a little more. I really respect what Kathleen Flinn both did, and wrote about. She guided, not forced. She gave tools to learn, a way to succeed and she never put someone down for being who they were. She just showed them who they could be.

    The only part that wasn't enjoyable for me was listening to the recipes. Tough to do anything with "mix 1 part x with 2 parts y, and simmer" as you're driving down the freeway at 70 miles per hour. Thankfully there weren't too many of those overall.

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    W C Turberville 07-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Grab a knife"

    Makes you realize what we had when I grew up and what I would like to get back to. Reading all the ingredients on labels is scary.

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    Gigi Griffis 04-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining Story; Difficult Narrator"
    What did you like best about The Kitchen Counter Cooking School? What did you like least?

    The story was entertaining and I got some great ideas for my own kitchen while listening, which was wonderful. Unfortunately, though, the narrator often ruined things for me by stumbling over simple words (why wouldn't they re-record that?) and mispronouncing pretty much everything in the Europe section of the book. I really don't understand why they would have published without re-recording those stumbles. It was truly frustrating.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrator. Re-record the stumbles or go with someone else. (In other words, I'd get the book in print instead of listening.)


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Stumbling over simple words ruined the flow of the thing and kept making me stop and think about what she was saying instead of losing myself in the book.


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    Ajoy 03-30-16
    Ajoy 03-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Enlightening and Inspiring"

    I am/ was a shy cook and this book made some many things about cooking way less intimidating. I'm actually getting ready to but the actual hard bound book because I'd really like to use it as a reference book when in the kitchen.
    The reader keeps things light and cheerful and has a wonderful pace!

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    Crystal H Casanave 11-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific book- not so good narration."

    The narration was ill suited for a book that changed from feminine to masculine voices so often. The masculine voice usually sounds rough and mean. Otherwise, the content is great.

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    Lindsey 12-05-13
    Lindsey 12-05-13
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    "If your local newscaster read a food blog aloud.."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is great. I'm a fan of Kathleen Flinn.


    What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    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..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany Roseville, MN, United States 10-20-13
    Bethany Roseville, MN, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2017
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    "You can learn to cook from Audio book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen Counter Cooking School the most enjoyable?

    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


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    Sharon Fort Mill, SC, United States 06-05-13
    Sharon Fort Mill, SC, United States 06-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Much more than a cookbook"

    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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    Sarah Nolan CA 01-25-12
    Sarah Nolan CA 01-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    "OK but it there are many better cooking books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend the book. I didn't like the reader and the book needs to supply pdfs of the recipes to be worthwhile. I also found the write condescending and patronizing towards her


    Did The Kitchen Counter Cooking School inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. L. Rivas US 05-18-16
    J. L. Rivas US 05-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "must read if you enjoy cooking or want to learn!"

    loved it from start to finish. also got me out of my cooking rut and inspired me to seek new adventures in cooking

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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