Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing GoodBurnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn

Most of my books come from the library and I often end up reading popular new titles long after they’ve been released. And then there are a handful of times when I’m offered a review book and I get to read it in advance and share a review the day the book releases. Today is one of those days. 🙂

Sometimes I wonder if when I gush about a book if it seems unbelievable. Especially when I’m gushing over a book I was sent to review – does it seem like I’m only doing that because I was sent the book? In support of my feelings towards about this book I’ll point out my raves over her previous books The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry and The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. Clearly, I like her writing.

As much as I liked the other books, I just might like this one more. I adored the focus on her family, and how she wove together the family stories and multiple generations. I felt like I knew them all, and found myself wishing I really did.

It’s somewhat of a food memoir, but not as focused on that as some food memoirs can be. Each chapter ends with a recipe for a dish that’s been mentioned in the chapter at least in passing, but the emphasis is not on the food, but on the family.

I don’t remember there being much humor in her previous books, but there were several times while reading this one that I found myself laughing at a description or comment. There were also times where the stories had me getting teary.

Highly recommended. I loved it.

Publisher’s Description:
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 Cry. Burnt 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.

Book Details

Title: Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family
Author: Kathleen Flinn
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
My Rating: 5 Stars

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