The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn
Published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin
Review copy provided by the publicist

Chef Kathleen Flinn was innocently shopping in her local grocery store when the idea came to her to begin a cooking class for beginner cooks – women (and men, if interested, although none were) who didn’t believe themselves capable of cooking, who relied on fast foods, frozen foods, and boxed hamburger-helper type meals to feed their families. She started her cooking classes with nine women, and in this book she details the weeks she spent with these women and how each one of them were able to grow into confident home cooks.

I have to say, I loved The Kitchen Counter Cooking School! Not only is this a memoir – a well-written one at that – but it’s also a cookbook. Flinn has an easy, fun writing style that kept me interested and highly entertained. I love the idea for the book and I connected to many of the individuals’ struggles to feel confident cooking healthy, delicious meals for their families. Although I have developed quite a bit over the last few years in my own cooking abilities, confidence in the kitchen is something I still really struggle with. So it was great to read about these women who were WAY less skilled than myself in this area improve so much in just a few weeks. It was inspiring, actually.

Also, this book taught me so much! I honestly can say that I will use many of the recipes provided in The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. Not only are there simple recipes like Alfredo sauce, but there are more complicated ones that I previously would have been nervous to attempt. But Flinn’s cooking philosophy really resonated with me, and much of the advice she gave the women in her class I plan to take to heart and apply to my own cooking endeavors.

I have to say that if you are an amateur foodie like myself, or interested in developing your own cooking skills, I highly recommend The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. Not only is Flinn clearly a talented chef, she has excellent writing abilities as well.

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12 thoughts on “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn”

  1. I am reserving this one at the library right now! I think there are a lot of fearful cooks put there. Once a lady at the grocery store walked up and asked me how to make pasta so it did not all stick together. (we talked and she had been putting it in the pan before the water was boiling). She said she asked me because she saw that my cart was full of “ingredients” so she could tell I could cook. Very clever of her actually!

  2. This was on my 2011 Favorites list. I also found it inspiring and bought a couple copies to give as Christmas gifts. I’m glad you liked it too.

  3. I have this one out from the library, and I need to get to it soon. It sounds excellent, and even though I am a pretty confident cook, I am sure there are tons of things still to be learned. Especially an Alfredo sauce! Great review today! I am glad you loved the book!

  4. I loved this one, too! I’m usually one to pass books along to others but I won’t let anyone borrow this one because I want to make sure it doesn’t disappear!

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