The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry + Banana Nutella Crepes

July 1, 2009

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

I can’t remember how I heard about The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry first; I think I bumped into on Amazon where it was listed as one of the books customers bought along with the one I was looking at. When I found out that this story has Le Cordon Bleu as the main focus, I was overjoyed! I ordered a copy immediately.

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry is a lovely memoir of Kathleen Flinn who pursued her long standing dream of studying at the world’s finest culinary school. Once she was fired, her boyfriend encouraged her to follow to go to Paris and said, “Do you want to be on your deathbed, wondering why you never went?” 24 days later, she was at Le Cordon Bleu.

The book chronicles her way though cooking school with a little bit of life thrown in (though I would have loved to read more about what goes on in the kitchen). Through the book you will have gone to Paris and back.

Inspiring, riveting and emotional – I couldn’t keep the book down (even while climbing the stairs to my office!) I loved it so much – I want to give a new copy of this book to one of you!

There are a whole bunch of recipes in this book, but French haute cuisine is not for me (just yet :)). However, I did make the Banana and Nutella Crepes from this book.

Banana Nutella Crepes

Banana and Nutella Crepes
Yield: 8 crepes
Recipe source: The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

For the crepe batter
¾ cup / 80g all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup / 250 ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 tbsp butter, melted

Filling for the crepe:
Thinly sliced bananas
Nutella (the proportion of this can never be defined – dollop them on the crepes to your hearts content.

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl, making a well in the centre.
  2. In a Pyrex jug or another bowl, mix together the milk and the vanilla.
  3. Add a third of the milk mixture and the eggs to the well, slowly incorporating in the flour.
  4. Whisk in the remaining milk and melted butter.
  5. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Heat a non-stick pan on a low-medium heat and dab or brush it with a little butter. (However, if yours is a newer non-stick it will be fine so you don’t worry about it sticking to it too much.)
  7. Scoop about ¼ of the batter and pour it on the heated pan, making sure it is not too hot.
  8. Tilt the pan to evenly cover with the batter.
  9. The crepe is ready to flip once the edges are slightly browned. Stack them up.
  10. Now with each crepe, spread some Nutella on it and line with slice bananas. Have it the no-fuss way by rolling it up or simply fold it over like an omlette and serve. YUM!
Rules for the giveaway:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me about what you are currently reading or which book is next on your list.
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  3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the give away, making sure you include the link to this post. The more you tweet, the higher your chances! Each time, come back here and comment with the link to your twitter status to qualify.
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The giveaway is open to local and international readers until the 25th of July, 2009.

{ 80 comments… read them below or add one }

1 LittleEagle July 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM

I am currently reading The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com


2 Disha July 10, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Hi Shaheen! Iv already subscribed to your blog. I just finished reading The Winter Lodge-The Lakeside Chronicles by Susan Wiggs. It has great Polish recipes of kolaches,etc. Im looking for a good food related book to read…Would be glad if i got this one..Good luck choosing the winner!!

Also…I'm planning to buy a new oven…Wanna research well b4 i buy one…Which one do u have??


3 Divya Vikram July 10, 2009 at 4:32 AM

Am currently reading Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon. repes look too good. Am already following you in my reader!


4 1993wel July 12, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I'm reading a book of short stories by Antonya Nelson, called Nothing Right. Excellent, by the way, if anyone else is looking for a collection of short stories!


5 R. Mark Vincent July 12, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Just found your website and find it intriguing and informative. I am currently reading "With Bold Knife and Fork" by M.F.K. Fischer, "Just like Grandma used to make" – a great cookbook of dearly remembered foods from your childhood and "The Beach House" by James Patterson. I have a crowded nightstand. The Flinn book looks intriguing – also a dream of mine to go to a great culinary school.


6 wendy July 14, 2009 at 12:32 AM

" Girls in Trucks" by Katie Crounch is next on my list to read.

madamerkf at aol dot com


7 Maria July 14, 2009 at 12:36 AM

A Homemade Life was a really good summer read for me. I am reading The Secret Recipe for Happiness right now! I want to read this one. Great post and giveaway!


8 Sandy Smith July 14, 2009 at 11:26 PM

You and your Nutella are killing me! I have to make all your Nutella recipes . . . HAVE to! YUM! :) This looks delicious.

My next book is The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones. My husband bought it for me and I can't wait to get started on it.

Now, off to get another jar of Nutella . . .


9 raj July 15, 2009 at 1:03 AM

lol, i don't even stand a chance. my luck sucks, but im addicted to nutella, so here goes
im reading cooking with jamie :)
next on my list (you'll love this one) – In the Devil's Garden by Stewart Lee Allen…
-the hungry cook


10 Nags July 18, 2009 at 2:54 PM

I am currently reading Indian cooking step by step (among cooking books, not regular read!) and its so amazing, especially the pics!!


11 veda murthy July 20, 2009 at 2:21 AM

hi shaheen!

i dont know how i have missed coming to ur blog…infact i saw ur blog thro nags giveaway prize post…glad i m here…congratulations on winning the MAC….love ur blog!

i love collecting books be it cookery or craft kinds…and would love to win this…i m not lukcy with the giveaways but still trying to win one…..

Best regards,


12 Amara July 21, 2009 at 7:30 AM

I'm currently reading Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell. It is very slow.


13 nicole July 24, 2009 at 3:15 AM

Currently reading the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, which is a fantastic read with its regional stories. Oh, Nutella is so good and I can only imagine how tasty it is combined with banana in a crepe. Mmmmmm….


14 Elle July 24, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Just finished reading Julie & Julia, and started rereading Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore. Have had this book in my hands more than once, would love to read it!

And the crepes look incredible!


15 Elle July 24, 2009 at 2:42 AM

Tweeted! I can't paste the tweet link in here, though. Weird!


16 Elle July 24, 2009 at 2:43 AM

And Stumbled. :)


17 MJ July 24, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I am currently reading The Lemur by Benjamin Black. Next on my list is The Canterburry Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. I don't have my twitter, but my secret dream is to make it to Le Cordon Bleu someday(even if that someday means I'm 40, 50 years old). :)


18 Leesie July 26, 2009 at 6:18 AM

Enjoying Too Much Tuscan Sun by Dario Castagna! Glad to say I just "discovered" your blog and looking forward to following, cooking & baking with you ;o)

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway – and good luck to all.


19 Candie L July 26, 2009 at 8:13 AM

I am reading a book, Ms. Good Two Shoes. THank you.



20 Anonymous November 26, 2009 at 5:12 PM

those pink and white berry's in your september post..they are called karonda's up here in the north..we used to make a sweet and sour relish karonde ki launji..


21 Anonymous November 26, 2009 at 5:19 PM

while making the apple galette pastry try using a pate brisee dough for the a far superior texture. and dot with butter before you bake.and glaze with warm apricot jam..btw have you ever tried it with strawberries …intead of apples..its divine;)


22 The Purple Foodie November 26, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Yes, I haven't seen those pink karondas here since then!

I am definitely going to try the strawberries with the pâte brisée dough the next time! And strawberries are coming soon. So you cook the strawberries along with the dough or separately and then simply layer the strawberries on them?


23 Enbrethiliel June 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM


My next read is probably going to be Bram Stoker’s Dracula. =)

Thank you for making this contest international!


24 `Yasmin September 22, 2010 at 4:20 PM

made dulce de leche-in micro it was a disaster-got burnt completely
next time on slow burner was good but sd be kept for 4 hrs min. as u say its addictive–thats what I luv abt u–u r so deliciously refreshing & no afraid to talk & give recipes of other chefs–by the way the level of vodka & brandy r decreasing every day frm vanilla extract that I am making–shd I top it up or what????


25 Debipriya March 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I am currently reading , Three cups of tea- NOT ANY WHERE CLOSE TO COOKING and I am FAR cry from the due date to apply for the book contest :) .. hehe After a treacherous trek down my local mountain recently I had to read his humanitarian masterpiece and not a cooking book for a change.

Well the book is given off I know, but LCB chronicles must be a tummy invigorating, heart racing experiences to read… how do I pick it and from where? Chai bar to crosswords to odyssey in Bangalore fail to keep such books- waste of a bookstore I say and AMAZON think India is not in the postal reach (do they courier to india?, yea I guessed- NO)

I think someone form the blogosphere should start a library only for COOKS and should be able to mail it anywhere.. Well till that happens, do let me know if you get hold of this book and I could buy it from you, Bangalore is not FAR and net transfer (before you buy) is not any rocket science!! 

Last time when I mailed you it was my boys birthday, this time its mine- I am baking my own cake and few bakes from your recipe list too..

Thanks for all the lovely recipes!
Happy weekend!


26 Jamie Futoran June 11, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Try this with strawberries…. soooo good…


27 Roma Nehete July 1, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Hi shaheen
i am planning to buy one of these books
Cup cakes from The Primrose Bakery
How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
Do you have any idea which of these may b good???


28 Karp @ Easy Crepe Recipe October 6, 2011 at 1:20 AM

I am going to make crepes with nutella filling for my wife this weekend and your recipe looks very inspirational. I hope my crepes will look at least half as good as yours.


29 Kathy February 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM



30 Meenal April 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Hi Shaheen

Found the recipe a little confusing ..

It says mix the dry ingredients
Then mix milk & vanilla in a bowl (are eggs also be added here)

Then it says add third of the mixture

Can you please elaborate a little bit on this.

Thanks a lot !



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