August 19, 2014

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn + Giveaway

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

I haven’t done as much summer reading this summer as I would’ve liked. Running around after two kids, working on the next book, and keeping up with the house has taken up almost all my time. However, I had the good fortune of getting a copy of my friend Kathleen Flinn’s latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family, and I read the whole thing cover to cover in just a few days. I’ll admit, I pushed aside work in favor of reading and it was so worth it.

Food memoirs, or foodoirs as they are sometimes called, are one of my favorite forms of writing and Kathleen’s book doesn’t disappoint. It chronicles three generations of her family’s culinary endeavors and how they shaped the woman she has become. The stories are inspiring, hilarious, and at times heart-wrenching, with recipes to match. I haven’t had a chance to make a lot of her dishes yet, but my book is dog-eared and I aim to make quite a few this fall. First up, apple crisp!

Apple Crisp

There are so many stories I’d love to recap here but I will wait for you to read it yourself. I can guarantee you’ll enjoy Kathleen’s wry sense of humor and her journalistic storytelling style. Curl up with it on the back porch, savor every page, and you’ll be left hungry and satisfied all at once.

And, if you really want, you can enter here to win your very own copy!:

1) Leave a comment sharing one of your favorite family food memories.

2) Contest runs from August 21 – 28 at 7:00am ET. The winner will be announced in the August 29th newsletter. Good luck!