The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

  • by Kathleen Flinn
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn's "chefternal" instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost listeners' culinary self-confidence, strategies to get the most from their grocery dollars, and simple recipes that get listeners cooking.

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What the Critics Say

"The author's humble approach is inviting and shows why her students were enthusiastic." (Kirkus)

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Customer Reviews

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Just as much a self-help book as a cookbook.

If you could sum up The Kitchen Counter Cooking School in three words, what would they be?

Much less fast-food.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School?

I don't particularly have a most memorable moment in the book but when I realized, while painstakingly bookmarking each location (107 so far) I wanted to revisit, that I was becoming a very good cook. At least in comparison to what I was before and even better than my wife.


What aspect of Marguerite Gavin’s performance would you have changed?

The recipes and/or references to ingredients are very hard to follow when they are being read so fast. This is one of the reasons for my more than 100 bookmarks. On top of that, I slowed the audio down to 1/2 speed when going over recipes and/or cooking instructions.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her stories were interesting however as I said before, this was more of a self-help book and the emotion accumulated slowly, as I learned to become a better cook and really understand what I was doing, not simply following someone's written instructions.

I have since began to make dishes of my own accord, without recipes, which before was all but impossible except for the simplest of dishes.


Any additional comments?

There is a down side to reading and putting these lessons into practice. Meals that are eaten at a restaurant are scrutinized much more. They often seem bland and I''m second guessing the cook or even the chef in some cases.

I understand food MUCH MORE than I ever have in my life. I know that on average about 75% of the sodium that I eat comes from processed (packaged) foods. All the credit doesn't go to Kathleen Flinn however because I also recently read "The body fat solution" by Tom Venuto. It's not a cookbook so there isn't a comparison here.

I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever walked into the kitchen and felt challenged to cook a good meal, anyone that has children, that cares about their body condition and health and anyone that isn't rich enough, or lucky enough, to have someone else prepare your meals for you.

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- J. Locke

Inspiring Book to Learn Home Cooking

Kathleen Flinn has inspired me to learn how to cook properly. No more can and box meals for me. She makes learning to cook from scratch fun and easy. The narrator Marguerite Gavin lends a fantastic voice for the reading. You can easily follow the different characters just by the change in her reading. Great job.
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- John Frankosky

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio