• Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

  • A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family
  • By: Kathleen Flinn
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

By: Kathleen Flinn
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners to the mix of food and memoir beloved by fanss of her best-selling 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 pancakesfrom Grandma Inez, and cinnamon rolls for birthday breakfasts. Through these dishes, Flinn came to understand how meals can be memories and how cooking canbe a form of communication.

Brimming with warmth and wit, this book is sure to appeal to Flinn's many fans, as well as fans of Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, and Julie Powell.

©2014 Kathleen Flinn (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved this!!! Refreshing!

I loved that the parents loved each other and were optimists!! So refreshing!! Real people, real life and real struggles, but they made the best of it!!!!

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A terrific true story.

What a great story! Much of it was like a walk down memory lane for me, just set in different areas of the country. I can see that the author spent a lot of time gathering stories from the family, then put herself into weaving this book together. Wonderful!

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This was a lovely family story!

This little book completely enraptured me! As a midwesterner, I experienced similar life experiences, and
this family sounds like many families I knew in my childhood. The endearing parents, the hilarious
siblings, and how they managed to make a life even when facing hardships.
This is like a great home cooked meal that feels so family, that is comforting,
nourishing and satisfying. Loved it!

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Good story, good narration

Really enjoyed this book. I’m going to look up what other books from this author.

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Engaging and enjoyable story

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I could relate to the author's memories of her childhood since I grew up in the same era, and in the same general area. I now live where her mother grew up and it was fun hearing the description of how people lived here in the 1950s. However, the narrator was rather distracting. Her voice is clear and strong, but her approach was a bit pretentious and off-putting. Considering this story is in the first person, her performance should have been less posh East Coast, and more working-class Michigan.

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A really good story.

This book was interesting and an easy listen. The narrator kept the listener’s interest even during what some might call mundane details of the writer’s story. They were all woven together with matter of factness, humor, and fun. The writer had great insight into the honest observations of the youngest child of a large, loving, adventurous family. With the added bonus of no foul language or raunchiness.

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wore the wrong mascara

If ONLY our kids new...sigh. A love story, a FAMILY story...THANK YOU Ms Flinn HUGS

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Narraters cadence and voice accent, for me, didn't match up. I would have enjoyed this one better reading it myself. Really enjoyed the story.

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I grew up there also!

When I started hearing about Coldwater Rd my attention perked up. Holloway dam, St Joseph hospital in Flint, and most of all Cottrell Elementary school are all places I’ve gone to or attended. I also graduated from Davison HS, playing in the band, and went to MSU to major in Music. I loved hearing about your reminisce of everything. Quite an enjoyable flash to my past. Thanks

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A Wonderful Story, Family and Memory Conjurer

Cassandra Campbell could read the phone book and I'd listen, so when this food memoir came up as an "Included in my membership" selection it was a no brainer...and then I was enthralled.

As a fellow Michigander, who also lived in the Bay area and took road trips to Florida as a young girl with my family, there were so many instances where my own memories were conjured awake I couldn't stop listening. I could taste the fried smelt, feel the cold during ice fishing adventures and flat out started balling when she started singing Shortning Bread.

Kathleen, thank you so much for sharing your story, and I'm digging into your first book next!!!
CC hit this one out of the park as well.

Bravo!