Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
Rating: 5 Stars
Description: In Kathleen Flinn's 3rd book - after The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry and Kitchen Counter Cooking School - she talks about where her love of food came from by looking at her parents and their parents. She talks about growing up in a loving but slightly quirky family whose love of adventure and sense of humor never let them down.
Why I Picked This Book: I've heard fantastic things about Flinn's other books and I love foodie memoirs so I couldn't resist picking this one up.
Pros: I loved this book. I was expecting good things because I'd heard nothing but raves about Flinn's previous books but this far exceeded my expectations. I laughed out loud at times like when the mom was stuck in the chicken coop with a cranky rooster or when she blackmailed her oldest son into building her a rock garden after a streaking incident. I teared up over the loss of the grandfather, the dad's experiences in Korea. Throughout the book I rooted for them and was fascinated by them. Flinn's parents are the star of this book. They are tough, strong and determined people with a sense of adventure and huge heart. Even at the toughest times, of which they have plenty, they have fun together. They did sustainable living long before it became a trend with a garden, chickens, canning and thrift store shopping. The chicken coop story made me simultaneously laugh until I almost cried and abandon the half formed idea I had to get chickens. I could have easily sat down and read this book in one sitting. As it was every time I had to put it down I couldn't wait to pick it up again and read the next story. I wanted to hear more about this lovely family. The ending was beautiful with a tie in to how important food really is to healing and showing someone how we feel. The recipes looked wonderful and I will definitely be trying several out very soon like the German Potato Salad or her Grandmother Inez's Cinnamon Rolls.
Cons: I really can't come up with anything. This is one of my favorite books of the year so far. I plan on buying a paper copy because I think that works better for the pictures and the recipes.
Overall: I loved this book. I read excerpts aloud and bombarded my husband with little stories from it as I was reading it. I laughed, I cried and I absolutely loved it.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm glad I already have her 2 earlier books because I would've gone out and bought them today otherwise.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely! If you have the slightest interest in foodie memoirs pick this one up!