Thursday, January 24, 2008

Beard on Books ----New York

The Sharper your Knife, the Less You Cry was the book showcased yesterday at the James Beard Foundation's Dining Room. Kathleen Flinn, the author, gave an outstanding presentation of her personal story-biography mixing salty tears with delicious laughter and jokes. As a Gordon Bleu graduate and journalist (but also former executive at MSN, London), wasn't convinced about the choice she made in 2003. She as well ignored where following her passion would take her: a world-known culinary diploma, a pretty good book deal and also a marriage!

Although the correlations between cooking, discipline, writing and living your passion were blur to me, I undoubtedly admit that while studying at Cordon Bleu school in Paris, she had to face challenges but also major successes on all levels and areas of her life.

Unfortunately, there are no recipes for success in life. What worked out for Kathleen Flinn may not work so well for someone else. Living your passion does not always guarantee positive outcomes (even I really really want to believe that). Living happily ever after may apply in her case, but it's not the case for all human beings.

The good news is that she created a fun, insightful and entertaining book. And also that she proved with her life, that the first element to success is the following: Be Born Lucky.

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, Kathleen Flinn