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Publisher's Summary

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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I grew up there also!

When I started hearing about Coldwater Rd my attention perked up. Holloway dam, St Joseph hospital in Flint, and most of all Cottrell Elementary school are all places I’ve gone to or attended. I also graduated from Davison HS, playing in the band, and went to MSU to major in Music. I loved hearing about your reminisce of everything. Quite an enjoyable flash to my past. Thanks

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A Wonderful Story, Family and Memory Conjurer

Cassandra Campbell could read the phone book and I'd listen, so when this food memoir came up as an "Included in my membership" selection it was a no brainer...and then I was enthralled.

As a fellow Michigander, who also lived in the Bay area and took road trips to Florida as a young girl with my family, there were so many instances where my own memories were conjured awake I couldn't stop listening. I could taste the fried smelt, feel the cold during ice fishing adventures and flat out started balling when she started singing Shortning Bread.

Kathleen, thank you so much for sharing your story, and I'm digging into your first book next!!!
CC hit this one out of the park as well.

Bravo!

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Fills Your Cup

This books reminds me of sitting down with a loved one and listening to their favorite stories. It is full of humor, nostalgia, hardship and life lessons. I can already tell it will be a book I listen to again and again.

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inspired

These stories and gold nuggets of wisdom have transformed the way I view my young life as a young wife & mother. It's good to be reminded of what truly matters in life and of how others have done well with what they were given.

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Great story about growing up. The influence of family and food is heart warming. Fun read.

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What a lovely life story

I loved this fascinating story of an ordinary family living extraordinary lives. It is a keeper.

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I found this insipid

Maybe it gets better but between the narration and the content I felt as though I was wasting my time.

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