Thursday, August 20, 2015

Burnt Toast Goes Paperback {+ Giveaway}

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn - Thoughts in ProgressDo you remember the fascinating memoir by author Kathleen Flinn that I told you about around this time last year?

Yep, that’s it – BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD. Well that delightful story is being released later this month in paperback. The paperback has a charming new cover as you can see. 

Thanks to Rebecca and the good folks at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of the new paperback edition to giveaway to one lucky visitor to Thoughts in Progress. But wait, that’s not all. The winner will also receive a copy of Kathleen’s bestseller THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY. Please see the end of the post for more details.

You will see several ecards displayed throughout this post featuring quotes and recipes from the book. I just think they’re so charming.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

          A family history peppered with recipes, Burnt Toast Kathleen Flinn postcard 1 - Thoughts in ProgressMakes You Sing Good offers a humorous and flavorful tale spanning three generations as Kathleen Flinn returns to the mix of food and memoir readers loved in her New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry.
        Brimming with tasty anecdotes about Uncle Clarence’s divine cornflake-crusted fried chicken, Grandpa Charles’s spicy San Antonio chili, and Grandma Inez’s birthday-only cinnamon rolls, Flinn—think Ruth Reichl topped with a dollop of Julia Child—shows how meals can be memories, and how cooking can be communication.
        Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good will inspire readers (and book clubs) to reminisce about their own childhoods—and spend time in their kitchens making new memories of their own.

Here’s what others are saying about the book:
Kathleen Flinn postcard 2 - Thoughts in Progress“Craving a beach read with bite? Kathleen Flinn’s new memoir . . . chronicles her family’s culinary adventures . . . food is a blissful constant, even in the craziest of times.” — Redbook.

“Flinn’s Michigan-based clan faced years of struggle with grit and humor . . . Flinn shares uplifting stories of the recipes that shaped her life.” — More Magazine.

“Flinn recognizes the turning points in what others would see as ordinary lives and makes them shine, evoking a time and place and an old-fashioned appreciation for family and love.” — Seattle Times

Kathleen Flinn postcard 3 - Thoughts in Progress“[A] heartfelt and comforting third memoir about how food, recipes and cooking can add meaning and shape lives. If you’ve ever wondered how the woman who signed up for Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu online (“The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry”) or stalked clueless women in supermarkets (“The Kitchen Counter Cooking School”) came by her sense of humor, her approachable wackiness and her recipe for homemade noodles, it’s here.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune.


The winner of this giveaway will win one copy of BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD and one copy of THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Aug. 27.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you purchase more books in hardcover or paperback? Do you see any advantages to a paperback book over a hardcover one?

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  1. Spectacular give-away. I am sure the lucky winner will be thrilled.

  2. I love Ruth Reichl's books, and I know I would love these books.

  3. Always happy when a book enjoys enough success to come out in paperback, too, Mason. I have to say, too, I love that title! Thanks for sharing.

  4. So excited to see this, I still haven't read it yet and think the combination of family and history and food is always interesting. I tend to buy both HC and paperback, sometimes it depends on the level of interest with my kids too. If we're all going to be reading and toting it around, I'll often spring for the Hardcover so we don't have to wait!

  5. This sounds like a fun book to read. I like memoir type books and am always looking for new ones to add to my collection.

  6. Thanks for this captivating feature and a treasure of a giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I'd love a recipe for homemade noodles.

  8. Great blurbs! I can't wait for more wisdom from the Flinn family elders. I usually buy books to collect, so signed hardcover first editions are my favorite. Thanks


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