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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kathleen Flinn

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: August 2014

Duration: 8 hours 29 minutes


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 chili made by 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.

“An award-winning nonfiction writer and journalist’s recipe-packed memoir of her Midwestern childhood…A warm, quietly poignant treat.”—Kirkus Reviews