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Author says eating healthy requires willingness to try

Posted on Jan. 12, 2012 ( comments)
Cooking great food doesn’t mean you have to create elaborate meals. Often the tastiest, most nutritious meals are very simple.

Kathleen Flinn, author and Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, will share her secrets to cooking food that nourishes you and tastes great during MultiCare Center for Healthy Living’s “Do Something Healthy” event on Feb. 2.

Flinn has been writing about food for more than 15 years. She is the author of the 2007 best-selling memoir “The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry” and her newest book “Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks,” published in October.

“You don’t have to make huge life changes,” Flinn says. “But people who cook make better food choices overall. They weigh less and have fewer health problems than those who don’t.”

The connection between food and health is a pillar of Flinn’s philosophy and will be a main theme in her talk at “Do Something healthy.” She’ll also give cooking tips, advice about gaining confidence in the kitchen and great stories about food.

The key to successful cooking is being willing to try, Flinn says. That’s what she found while researching “The Kitchen Counter Cooking School.” The book explores the attitudes these aspiring cooks had toward food, how it affected their cooking and how Flinn helped them see things differently.

“The biggest thing that holds people back from cooking is lack of confidence,” she says. “Remember, if one meal doesn’t work, there’s always another opportunity in a few hours.”

Learn more about Flinn at

Each year, MultiCare’s Center for Healthy Living brings experts to Pierce County to inspire residents to lead healthier lives.

“Kathleen’s fearless philosophy will help home cooks gain confidence to try new recipes and experiment with healthier ingredients,” Trixy Dorn, Community Events Coordinator for MultiCare Center for Healthy Living.

The Center for Healthy Living also supports Pierce County Gets Fit & Healthy, a county-wide partnership with the YMCA and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to promote healthier lifestyles. Activities include the Million Minute Mission, a community-wide fitness program to promote physically active lifestyles, Million Minute Mission School Challenge, a friendly school completion to get kids active and win $1,000 for their school, and the Pierce County Matchup, a 12-week community-wide weight management competition where the winning team can win $10,000 dollars at the Roman Meal Sound to Narrows on June 9, 2012 (visit

To go information:

What: The 12th Annual “Do Something Healthy” event

When: 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2

Where: Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano in Tacoma.


  • Health fair
  • Free health screenings
  • Cooking demonstration and tastings
  • Free gift

Admission: $10. With each admission: A $10-off coupon for MultiCare’s “Power Cook” or “Power Shopper” classes.

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