Trail of Crumbs

Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
By Kim Sunee (Trade Paperback, 2009)
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 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.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446697903

    • On Sale Date: 01/06/2009

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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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 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.

Kim Sunee is the founding food editor of Cottage Living. She was born in South Korea and adopted and raised in New Orleans, and lived in Europe for ten years. She now resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • "A restless young woman's poignant search for identity ... Vivid writing-and an inspiration to head to the kitchen." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "[A] charming memoir... The gutsy Cajun and ethereal French recipes that serve as chapter codas are matched by engaging storytelling." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "A satisfying blend of travelog and cookbook . . . Her introspective prose conveys the uneasy limbo of a journey that is arduous and ongoing--but always delicious." (People).

  • "An evocative account of the search for identity . . . Readers will be eagerly awaiting those discoveries, the memories and books yet to come, from this fearless writer." (New Orleans Times-Picayune).

  • "Sensuous, observant and sprinkled with mouthwatering recipes . . . a luxuriant read." (Seattle Times).

  • "First-time author Kim Sunee writes a fascinating account of her life thus far . . . Like Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, Trail of Crumbs is vivid, rich and intoxicating, both for the stories Sunee tells and the exotic recipes that conclude many of the chapters." (Chicago Sun-Times).

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Trail of Crumbs
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.50 CAN
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780446697903
  • On Sale Date: 01/06/2009
Trail of Crumbs