Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

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Grand Central Publishing, Jan 8, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Already hailed as "brave, emotional, and gorgeously written" by Frances Mayes and "like a piece of dark chocolate--bittersweet, satisfying, and finished all too soon" by Laura Fraser, author of An Italian Affair, this is a unique memoir about the search for identity through love, hunger, and food.

Jim Harrison says, "TRAIL OF CRUMBS reminds me of what heavily costumed and concealed waifs we all are. Kim Sunée tells us so much about the French that I never learned in 25 trips to Paris, but mostly about the terrors and pleasure of that infinite octopus, love. A fine book."

When Kim Sunée was three years old, her mother took her to a marketplace, deposited her on a bench with a fistful of food, and promised she'd be right back. Three days later a policeman took the little girl, clutching what was now only a fistful of crumbs, to a police station and told her that she'd been abandoned by her mother.

Fast-forward almost 20 years and Kim's life is unrecognizable. Adopted by a young New Orleans couple, she spends her youth as one of only two Asian children in her entire community. At the age of 21, she becomes involved with a famous French businessman and suddenly finds herself living in France, mistress over his houses in Provence and Paris, and stepmother to his eight year-old daughter.

Kim takes readers on a lyrical journey from Korea to New Orleans to Paris and Provence, along the way serving forth her favorite recipes. A love story at heart, this memoir is about the search for identity and a book that will appeal to anyone who is passionate about love, food, travel, and the ultimate search for self.

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User Review  - Jewel.Barnett - LibraryThing

I loved this book. I was so amazed by the author's life. I couldn't quite understand why she stayed with the super rich guy. I loved when she took the trip to Korea. I read this book a few times(I ... Read full review

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User Review  - cat-ballou - LibraryThing

7/31: One (hyphenated) word for this one: heavy-handed. 8/4: I just didn't care for it. It rubbed me the wrong way, and the author was never able to engender sympathy in me. It reminded me a bit of Eat Pray Love, but something about A Trail of Crumbs was worse. Read full review


Authors Note Epigraph
Where I
Star of the
Your Refrigerator Smells Like Korea
Tracks of Desire
Culinary Opera
Five Simple Words
With Reservations
A Tire dAiles
Some Enchanted Life
Le Divan
LÎle Flottante XVI Home Again
Le Repas Maigre
Everything Not
Room of My

Fig of My Imagination
Sticks and Stones
Bodies of Water
The Monks Table
Heart Apple Knife
Isle of Misfits
Trail of
Tunisia Amnesia

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About the author (2008)

Kim Sunee is the author of the national bestseller, "Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home". "Trail of Crumbs" was both a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a Book Sense Pick, and has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Hebrew. She has been featured in the "New York Times", "Ladies' Homes Journal, People, ELLE, " and "Glamour".

She ate and lived in Europe for ten years before working as a food editor for "Southern Living" magazine and "Cottage Living" magazine. Her writing has appeared in "Food & Wine, The Oxford American", and "Asian American Poetry and Writing". Sunee has appeared several times as a guest judge on the Food Network's Iron Chef America and has collaborated on several cookbooks, including "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook" by Frances and Ed Mayes, and the "Tupelo Honey Cafe" by Elizabeth Sims and Chef Brian Sonoskus. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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