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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The giveaway is open to local and international readers until the 25th of July, 2009.


  • Reply (wife.) July 1, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    I'm currently reading _In Defense of Food_ by Michael Pollan and am also in the middle of _Killing Yourself to Live_ by Chuck Klosterman. But all I want to do is read food books!

  • Reply Ria Mathew July 1, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Hey! Finally I got to see this!! Okay,I am currently on Nigella FEAST & the next on my list is a an all CHICKEN cookbook by Rashmi Uday Singh! :) That's the tweet for ya! :)

  • Reply (wife.) July 1, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    annnnd an RT :-D contest! this book looks great. RT @PurpleFoodie: Giveaway time on The Purple Foodie!

  • Reply Rosa's Yummy Yums July 1, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    A great book! I'd love to win it…

    Mmmhhh, those crêpes are making me drool!



  • Reply Jamie July 1, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Love those crepes! What doesn't go together better than bananas and nutella?

    I just finished Ruth Reichl's Tender to the Bone and am on my way to her second bio Comfort Me With Apples. Great reading!

    Fabulous give-away book, just the kind I love to read! I follow you on Twitter already and am on my way to fan you on FB!

  • Reply Tanuja July 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    the next book i want to read is julie and julia :-D and i'll probably write one on 'memoirs of a sunny afternoon spent berry picking'


  • Reply oneofagrind July 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    pick me !pick me ! pick me!:P
    Ive been dying to read this book…
    here's a list of things i will do for this book
    1) sing and dance on one foot
    2) bake 200 cupcakes(with frosting, PLEASE)
    3) grovel
    4) walk on fire and thorns or both combined
    5) watch rakhi ka swayam var back to back
    6) tweeeeeeettttttttttttttt all day long
    7) im sure you got the message!!
    oh btw im reading stephen King's "the stand"— verdict : BORINGGG

  • Reply Kavey July 1, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    What a wonderful giveaway!
    There are sooooo many books I want to read, many of them food-related, unsurprisingly!
    At the moment, I'm reading "Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart" by Pauline Nguyen. It's a beautiful, beautiful book from the luxurious cover (with it's funky design of blossoms and writing) to the collection of family photographs to the autobiography of a Vietnamese family who, along with many "boat people" escaped from Vietnam to Australia and set up restaurants there to the recipes themselves, many with mouthwatering photographs!

    Next on my list is another book by the same publishers – it's called Serendip Peter Kuruvita. This time the country of origin is Sri Lanka though again, the author lives in Australia.

    Born in London to parents who emigrated from India, we had friends of many nationalities growing up, including our Ceylonese friends who cooked traditional dishes from Sri Lanka.

    I am hoping this book will give me both recipes and insights into Sri Lanka.

  • Reply Kapil Bhatia July 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Crepes and Banana – have been eating this. Adding Nutella, damn why didn't me or wifey ever think of this one. thanks – u just made the morning a lot more interesting with just a bit of chocolate in it.

    Now let's try and win that book.

    I am reading:
    Superstars by Shobha De
    rude food by Vir Sanghvi
    you can negotiate anything – herb cohen

    Plan to read:
    Business stripped bare – richard branson
    Call of the mall
    Kitchen Confidential (thanks for the suggestion)

    Of course I have been a regular reader, not sure if my comments are that active, tough. we have each other on twitter (kapilb) so that's covered. The post is stumbled.

    Anything more?

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours July 1, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Oh wow….book sounds really intresting……Currently there two books iam digged into one is cookbook Southern Spices and another one is beautful friction Kite Runner……Next in my list is A Princely Legacy….featuring Hyderabadi delectables.

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours July 1, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Ooops those crepes with nutella and banana looks drooooooooooool worthy…..

  • Reply pRiyA July 1, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    What am i reading? The CAstle by Italo Calvino. but i am a foodie too and i just bought my SECOND Anjum Anand cookbook. I am shamelessly declaring in public that i want to win this book!!!! ;-P

  • Reply Deeba PAB July 1, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Great giveaway Purple, & beautiful crepes. 'One of a kind' is doing the dance…looks like a winner! But well, here I go for my chance:
    Currently reading & enjoying 2 books ; 'A Homemade Life' by Molly Wizenberg & 'Modern Spice' by Minca bhide. Both great reads & bedtime favourites as of now!! Next on my list is 'Sweet Life in Paris'if I can get to it, or of course your giveaway if I get lucky!! Off to twitter about it…

  • Reply Deeba PAB July 1, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Ok…I tweeted about it, I became a fan & I subcribed. Hopefully I've upped my chances!!

  • Reply Anonymous July 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway Shaheen – the book looks great, and my daughter and I would love to add it to our collection. I am currently reading "Jack Maggs" by the incredibly talented Australian author Peter Carey. Take care, Michele

  • Reply Simran July 2, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    I retweeted, and I can tell you about the last 10 books I read, or last 100. Whatever works…I gotta read that one!

  • Reply Carolyn July 2, 2009 at 4:17 AM

    hello! i retweeted earlier today, and would love to win the book :)

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2009 at 5:53 AM

    Lovely giveaway book. I really enjoy your posts and your passion for cooking. For me cooking and food are all tied up in memories of family and friends. Along that theme, I'm reading a book called Monsoon Diary by Shoba Narayan that tells the story of an Indian family. It is great because it ties up all the memories with food and the recipes are included. I'm also reading Quentin's by Maeve Binchy, a fictional story about a restaurant in Dublin. And finally, I'm reading Shantaram about an Australian criminal and his life in Mumbai. Can't put it down!
    Sas (

  • Reply Jess July 2, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    I am reading One Fifth Avenue by the author of Sex in the City. Good summer fun

  • Reply dhruv July 2, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    As mentioned In Defense of food is a good read.
    In fact, I stopped baking a lot of stuff after going through it.
    The book that I have been reading is "Cookwise" I would suggest you get a copy as soon as possible.

  • Reply Susan from Food Blogga July 2, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Pls. don't count me in the give-away. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book when I read it. I only wish I had had some of your crepes to nibble on at the time.

  • Reply Katie July 3, 2009 at 2:52 AM

    I just started David Lebovitz's "The Sweet Life in Paris" and am thoroughly enjoying it already.

  • Reply Carrie July 3, 2009 at 3:40 AM

    Next on my reading list is the book you are giving away! I ordered it from over a month ago and it never came. So I'm going to need a new copy please. Thank you! carrie dot wood at hotmail dot com.

  • Reply Jennifer July 3, 2009 at 5:17 AM

    I LOVE bananas and nutella!!! Really great crepes!!

    I'm currently reading Eat, Drink and be Vegan! So far loving every part of it and the fabulous recipes! :)

  • Reply Rachel Ricchio July 3, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    Ummm! Yummy. I'm reading "The Road". It's part of Oprah's bookclub! :) Hope I win!

  • Reply noobcook July 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    These crepes look so delicious and I just can't get enough of nutella. Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm glad to find yours :)

  • Reply maris July 4, 2009 at 4:24 AM

    Sounds great! I love reading, Right now I'm working on Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma and it's really interesting…Definitely worth checking out!

  • Reply Renee G July 4, 2009 at 5:48 AM

    I'm not reading anything right now, but I want to read Julie and Julia.


  • Reply Mary July 4, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    I am currently reading Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. I just finished The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman and wanted to read something lighter and fun.


  • Reply Lady Roxi July 5, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    I am currently working on the latest Anita Blake Novel SkinTrade.



  • Reply Deborah July 5, 2009 at 2:23 AM

    I am almost finished reading "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea. asthenight at gmail dot com

  • Reply The Yes July 5, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    I'm reading Petite Anglaise by Catherine Sanderson and Ciary of an Unlikely Call Girl is next
    logan dot judith at gmail dot com

  • Reply MOMFOREVERANDEVER July 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    my sisters keeper and julia I have just begun

  • Reply Alan July 5, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    I read and reviewed The Sharper Your Knife awhile back, so I don't really want to win. I just finished reading (and will review next week) Cooking Up A Storm, a cookbook with recipes requested by displaced New Orleanians following hurricane Katrina. It is put out by The Times Picayune, New Orleans' daily newspaper. I am also reading Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton and Rick Steves' Travel As A Political Act.

  • Reply Katrina July 5, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    I'm currently reading Bob Barker's memoir, Pricless Memories (I have always loved Bob Barker) and next up waiting on the shelf is Michael J. Foxes newest, Always Looking Up.

  • Reply Katrina July 5, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    I just subscribed to email updates and am following you on Twitter.

  • Reply Pearl July 5, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    banana nutella? mm!

  • Reply Devany July 5, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    The book really sounds like a great one and of course I would love to win. I am reading the Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage by Rachel Laudan. I made Ozoni Soup from it a few days ago and today I am making Turron (Filipino Banana Fritters)

    ~devany, Hilo, HI

  • Reply Sir Thrift-A-Lot July 6, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    I'm currently reading a book called "Odd Mom Out". It's a great read, love the main character in the book. I wish my mom would have been like her!

  • Reply Pinky July 6, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Hey purple foodie, thats a nice tought & i would surely like to win that book , At present i am reading Stephene Myres Book called Breaking point , it is not food related but its a awesome story abt vampires.Next book on hand is memoirs of grisha.


  • Reply Kat July 6, 2009 at 11:28 PM


    currently reading/cooking "Giada's Kitchen" <-- Giada de Laurentiis. Yummmm food!

  • Reply Mama Hill July 7, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    I'm reading "The Road Home"

  • Reply Nickolay July 7, 2009 at 2:53 AM

    I am currently reading "the Terror". I am liking it. Next on the list will be the new Stephen King book. Thanks for the chance


  • Reply eatreadtravel July 7, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    I'm reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma"… it's pretty interesting, actually!

  • Reply Sharon July 7, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    I am currently reading Jansten Gift. Thanks for the giveaway

    sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

  • Reply Anonymous July 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    I just finished reading "The Namesake", by Jhumpa Laahiri (excellent), and before that "TeaTime for the Traditionally Built"(delightful), the newest in the Alexander McCall Smith series. And just bought "French Women for all Seasons" as a birthday present for my chef daughter, but hope to sneak a peek at it before giving it to her.
    Just wandered onto your website and am happy to be here.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Reply alexandrea July 9, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    I've been wanting to read that book! I didn't know much about it (I just used to cook) and your description made me sniffle! Thank you for the giveaway.

    gibbylet21 at hotmail dot com

  • Reply TBC July 9, 2009 at 6:03 AM

    A lovely giveaway!
    I'm currently browsing through GDL's Giada's Kitchen.

  • Reply BUSY BEE July 9, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Currently reading The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.

    Have the nutella but now just need bananas!!

    bsyb100 at gmail dot com

  • Reply 13rubberducks July 9, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    I'm reading Obama's BlackBerry.

    13rubberducks [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Reply LittleEagle July 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM

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

  • Reply 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??

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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 . . .

  • Reply 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

  • Reply 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!!

  • Reply 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,

  • Reply Amara July 21, 2009 at 7:30 AM

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

  • Reply 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….

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Elle July 24, 2009 at 2:42 AM

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

  • Reply Elle July 24, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    And Stumbled. :)

  • Reply 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). :)

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply Candie L July 26, 2009 at 8:13 AM

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


  • Reply 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..

  • Reply 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;)

  • Reply 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?

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  • Reply 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!

  • Reply `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????

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply Jamie Futoran June 11, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Try this with strawberries…. soooo good…

  • Reply 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???

  • Reply 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.

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  • Reply 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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