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sharper knife book

I was first drawn to the title of this book. I mean, how can you not be? It’s catchy, curious, and makes so much sense (once you read the book, of course). Once I read a brief blurb about what the story entailed, I was sold. In Kathleen Flinn’s The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking Schoolthe author shares her personal story and adventure about leaving her job and moving to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu, all at the age of 36. Just as you may have been inspired by Eat, Pray, Lovethere’s a good chance you’ll be inspired by Kathleen’s story.

I was entertained by her experiences learning how to cook, in awe of her determination despite the difficulties, and found myself hungry by the end of each chapter, where she provides a recipe for a delicious dish that she learned how to cook. Once you start reading you will be swallowed whole, and by the end of the book you just might be ready to move to Paris and learn how to cook – though there are moments that will make you grateful that you don’t have to stand on your feet for hours only to watch your soufflé fall.

If you’re taking Thanksgiving Day off, curl up for a couple of hours with this book. You’ll be more than ready for your Thanksgiving meal by the end of it.

{Photo by Lauren}


Cafe Inspiration

While restaurants are a great place to take your time and enjoy food and conversation, cafes are a great place to dine (pay) then dash. I frequent cafes when I need to study, write, or read, as the environment provides productive and conversational background noise that doesn’t cause too much of a distraction. Cafes are also a great place to people watch because there are so many customers coming in and out all the time. Whether it is a European cafe or the Starbucks down the street, cafes remain one of my top places for a soothing atmosphere and ambiance. It also helps if there is good hot chocolate, iced coffee, and pastries. Where is your soothing atmosphere?


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