Trail of Crumbs
Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
By Kim Sunee
(Grand Central Publishing, Paperback, 9780446697903, 376pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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Jim Harrison says, "TRAIL OF CRUMBS reminds me of what heavily costumed and concealed waifs we all are. Kim Sunee 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 Sunee 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.
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.