An amazingly inspirational read for anyone who cooks or aspires to cook. Follows the project of the author to determine what kinds of things keep people out of their own kitchens and how they can be inspired to get cooking. She talks about the volunteers and some of their stories as well as covering each class that she taught and the main pointers (plus recipes) from them. Reading this has inspired me to try a few new things in my kitchen and I think this is a perfect book for anyone at all who would like to cook more, regardless of current skill level. --Jessica — From Jessica's Picks
“Flinn's love of cooking led her to study at Le Cordon Bleu and her first book, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. After helping a clueless cook shop for healthy food at the supermarket, Flinn realized that most Americans are lost when it comes to feeding themselves and their families. She began a project to transform the cooking and buying habits of nine volunteers through cooking lessons. This is a fascinating study of the reliance of Americans on pre-packaged food and the importance of cooking for health and nourishment.”
— Avery Dickey, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
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 readers' culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes that get readers cooking.