Kathleen Flinn has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and other publications. The director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, she lives in Seattle and Florida.  She is also the author of New York Times bestselling memoir The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry and her inspiring second book The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The food we grow up with often tells our family history, and that’s certainly true of the Flinns. Until Flinn began looking into the lives of her ancestors, she hadn’t realized how many of them cooked, either for a living or as a hobby. In Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, Flinn tells the story of her maternal and paternal grandparents, her besotted parents, and her motley group of siblings. Flinn takes readers from San Francisco in 1958 where her parents helped her Uncle Clyde run a pizza place (at that time, a rarity) to a farm in Davison, Michigan in 1964 where the family roots were to Anna Maria Island, Florida in 1976 where they found a second home. Foodie tales of fishing trips (her father’s favorite way to relax), canning season, discovering morels in the woods, and finally getting to eat popular processed foods mingle with family stories of a shady grandfather, unsuccessful entrepreneurial ventures, and gaining membership to the German-American club . . . despite having no German ancestry.
 
The book’s title comes from a saying Flinn’s Grandma Inez liked to use when trying to get a picky child to eat—“Burnt toast makes you sing good. Everyone knows that.” she’d quip. After reading about Grandma Inez’s wisdom, Grandpa Charles’s love for chili powder, and Mom Flinn’s mishap with the chicken coop, readers will be ready to run into the kitchen to try one of the recipes that ends each chapter. Grandma Inez’s Pancakes, Grandpa Charles’s “Mich-Mex” Chili, and Chicken and Biscuits are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes that Flinn shares from the family recipe book.
 
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good is written with Flinn’s signature wit and warmth. Food is truly a common language, and after reading this memoir, everyone will want to learn Flinn’s mother tongue.

 

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Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670015443
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking - August 14th, 2014

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 readers to the mix of food and memoir beloved by readers of her bestselling The Sharper Your
Knife, the Less You CryBurnt 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 vats of chili made by her former army cook Grandpa Charles, fluffy Swedish pancakes from Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be a form of communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn’s many fans as well as readers of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.


Aug 20 2014 - 7:00pm
2513 Jackson Ave
48103-3818 Ann Arbor
us

Kathleen Flinn has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and other publications. The director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, she lives in Seattle and Florida.  She is also the author of New York Times bestselling memoir The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry and her inspiring second book The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The food we grow up with often tells our family history, and that’s certainly true of the Flinns. Until Flinn began looking into the lives of her ancestors, she hadn’t realized how many of them cooked, either for a living or as a hobby. In Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, Flinn tells the story of her maternal and paternal grandparents, her besotted parents, and her motley group of siblings. Flinn takes readers from San Francisco in 1958 where her parents helped her Uncle Clyde run a pizza place (at that time, a rarity) to a farm in Davison, Michigan in 1964 where the family roots were to Anna Maria Island, Florida in 1976 where they found a second home. Foodie tales of fishing trips (her father’s favorite way to relax), canning season, discovering morels in the woods, and finally getting to eat popular processed foods mingle with family stories of a shady grandfather, unsuccessful entrepreneurial ventures, and gaining membership to the German-American club . . . despite having no German ancestry.
 
The book’s title comes from a saying Flinn’s Grandma Inez liked to use when trying to get a picky child to eat—“Burnt toast makes you sing good. Everyone knows that.” she’d quip. After reading about Grandma Inez’s wisdom, Grandpa Charles’s love for chili powder, and Mom Flinn’s mishap with the chicken coop, readers will be ready to run into the kitchen to try one of the recipes that ends each chapter. Grandma Inez’s Pancakes, Grandpa Charles’s “Mich-Mex” Chili, and Chicken and Biscuits are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes that Flinn shares from the family recipe book.
 
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good is written with Flinn’s signature wit and warmth. Food is truly a common language, and after reading this memoir, everyone will want to learn Flinn’s mother tongue.

 

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670015443
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking - August 14th, 2014

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 readers to the mix of food and memoir beloved by readers of her bestselling The Sharper Your
Knife, the Less You CryBurnt 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 vats of chili made by her former army cook Grandpa Charles, fluffy Swedish pancakes from Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be a form of communication. Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn’s many fans as well as readers of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.