Inspired by a supermarket encounter with a woman loading up on processed foods, Flinn decided to use her culinary training to help nine novice cooks find their cooking confidence. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School takes these lessons and provides practical tips so that everyone can make the most out of cooking at home. Her first book, the best-selling memoir The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry, detailed her career change from office job the corporate world to student in culinary school and then new career as a food writer.
Then, after seeing a woman load up on process foods in the grocery store, Flinn decided to write a new book to help home cooks get into the kitchen and prepare meals. As part of the New York event to launch The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, Flinn invited culinary authors Pam Anderson (Cook Without a Book, Three Many Cooks) and Lauren Shockey (Four Kitchens) to ICE to discuss getting into the kitchen and participate in a more general conversation about how all of us can be inspired. Shockey discussed the difference between life in a restaurant kitchen and home kitchen, while Anderson discussed the process of writing recipes for every cook. In addition to being an illuminating discussion, a portion of proceeds benefit Bloggers Without Borders. It was a very informative discussion about cooking, food and life in the culinary world.