Author Kathleen Flinn comes by her love of cooking the natural way. Her mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather all cooked. Flinn grew up on a farm in Michigan, where her mother baked bread, canned vegetables, made jam and more.
The family went fishing (on and off ice), hunting, camping and her folks even joined the local German-American club, even though they weren't German.
Flinn is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry. And her latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, is chock-full of family recipes, including some of the sweets her mom used to bribe the local radio station DJ, so he would play her dad's favorite song at a certain time each day.
Flinn said she was interested in exploring her parents' generation, called The Silent Generation, which grew up during the Great Depression, and fought in the Korean War. Her dad was a veteran of the Korean War, who grew up hungry. He had simple desires, he just wanted to make sure he didn't go to be hungry, wasn't cold and wasn't being shot at. This may be why the family eventually moved to Anna Maria Island on Florida's Gulf Coast.
The book is a tribute to family, resilience, adventure and food. Flinn will be at Tampa's Inkwood Books on Monday, August 25th at 7 p.m.