How to Start a New Life in Paris

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

When software executive Kathleen Flinn was fired from her job, she stopped to ask herself: "What do I really want to do in life?" She then moved to Paris to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Her new memoir is The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry.

The Sharper Your Knife is available for purchase at

Event: Kathleen Flinn will be speaking and signing books
Tuesday, December 11 at 7 pm
Borders at Columbus Circle
Wine and cheese will be served

Weigh in: We'd like to hear from people who've changed career directions mid-life. What were you doing, and what did you decide to do instead? How scary was it to make the change?


Kathleen Flinn

Comments [2]

Meredith from Roanoke, Va.

Just finished listening to this on archive on this. I read Ms. Flinn's excellent book recently and felt inspired by her decision to go against conventional wisdom and follow her dream. I am in the process of reinventing my life now, so it really spoke to me. I had a perfectly fine life - until my husband didn't come home one day and moved to the west coast with another woman, and two days late, my best frend was diagnosed with cancer. So, I've quit my CPA job and I'm in the process of opening a wine shop with a friend in another state. As she comments, it's easy to forget how miserable you are when you're comfortable -- sometimes it takes something to wake you up and force you to make a change.

If you haven't read it, I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who loves food and Paris (which I do!) and/or wants to read an inspiring story about not folding when life feels like it's caving in and instead taking a big risk that's worth its reward. It's very funny And, the quiche from her recipe is very good, too!

Dec. 12 2007 09:31 AM
anne from brooklyn

Really enjoyed this discussion! I was intrigued to hear about the chefs and school, but mostly, I liked how much passion she had in her voice for the experience. It makes me want to run away to Paris.

Dec. 11 2007 04:55 PM

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