The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

In a culture increasingly populated by foodies and preoccupied with fresh ingredients, there are those who have been left behind -- cowering in confusion before rarely used knife sets and finding relief amongst frozen processed foods. With this sensitive, inspiring book, Kathleen Flinn comes to the rescue of the culinarily challenged, helping her subjects and her readers acquire the basic skills and confidence they need to slice and dice, braise and baste their way to delicious, healthy home-cooked meals.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…