The Kitchen Counter Cooking School



Hello Reading Friends– A few weeks ago our Lit Group settled in for breakfast at an Italian coffee shop to celebrate our 30 year anniversary of reading together!!  Everyone brought a book to recommend and I snatched the copy of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School from Debbie and dug in that very afternoon. Thanks Debbie for the loan!  Here’s what I found…

The author, Kathleen Flinn, returned from studying at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris a bit at loose ends, no job in mind.  But one day at the market she noticed a woman with a cart burgeoning with ultra processed foods.  She couldn’t help but say to the shopper, would you like me to help you replace that cartful with some healthful ingredients for simple meals?  Surprisingly the shopper was intrigued and so new project began…

Flinn recruited 9 volunteers to come to her kitchen counter cooking school.  First she visited each of their homes and they talked through their food on hand, cooking and eating styles…  Then they all came together for a series of classes on all the cooking basics– knife skills, baking bread, cooking fish, soup…  with a healthy dose of “food tastings’ thrown in. How do 9 kinds of olive oil compare???

As the weeks pass, the new cooks evolve in their skills– and as they did, I picked up a whole lot of techniques and tips as well.  There were, of course, some great basic recipes to build upon.  So many good resources, I know I need to go out and buy my own copy of the book to keep in my kitchen!

It’s sort of a cooking manual with a fun story line to keep you reading…

So back to the Lit Group– after our breakfast bookish “show & tell,”  we headed out to The Bookman– the kind used book store you can get lost in, nearby, followed by lunch to talk over all the new reading we’d picked up.  Reading and eating.  It’s what we do best!

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Thanks Lit Group Reading Buddies for the fabulous day out– and all those reading recommendations– Here’s to another 30 years of reading together!

8 thoughts on “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

  1. What a glorious outing it was! And now KITCHEN COUNTER (Debbie’s copy!) is half read on my coffee table. You’re right, Rhonda, we need our own copies!!

    • That is a grand books store Daisy! It goes on and on and I didn’t find the children’s picture books til just before we had to leave. So i’ll have to head back before Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving to you all all there. God Bless.

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