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

Trail of Crumbs Hunger Love and the Search for Home 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

  • Title: Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
  • Author: Kim Sunée
  • ISBN: 9780446697903
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 cAlready 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 Sun e 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 Sun e 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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      Kim Sune is the author of Trail of Crumbs Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home Grand Central Publishing, January 2008 She lived in Europe for than ten years and is now food editor at Cottage Living magazine.

    823 thoughts on “Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

    • I am sorry to write this review, but this has to be listed as one of the WORST books I've ever read. I was so disappointed in it after I had heard Kim Sunee on NPR and then found the book recommended in my Bookmarks recommendations. Ms. Sunne, while having a horrible start in life (left on a bench in Korea with crumbs in her hand), managed to have fantastical relationships with men in Sweden, France and the U.S. She does nothing to elaborate on her beginnings except to whine about her adoptive f [...]

    • This book was a memoir but read more like a novel. Kim Sunee has had an amazing journey for a woman less than 40. She was found by the Korean police after her mother took her to a crowded marketplace and left her on a bench with only a fistful of food. The police found her three days and nights later, still clutching what was then a handful of crumbs. She was then adoped by a family in New Orleans. Her memoir explores her search for home and love as she moves from New Orleans and then to Paris, [...]

    • On a park bench in a Korean marketplace, three year old Kim Sunee was told by her mother to "wait right here." Kim did, and her mother never came back. After being adopted by an American family from New Orleans, she learns to love to cook and eventually makes her way to and around Europe, trying her hand at writing and attempting to figure out where her place is in a world that abandoned her at such a young age.Ack, this book was a disappointment. Kim felt like an emotionally unstable and unreli [...]

    • While there's no doubt Kim Sunee is a good writer, I can't give this book more than two stars. I'd give it a 1.5 if I could; two might be generous. Call me a hater, but it's hard to feel much empathy for Sunee as she whines about her life while wearing a designer bikini lying next to the pool at her sugar daddy's mansion in Provence, France. I kept waiting/hoping Sunee would show some emotional maturity towards the end of the memoir, but she ended with her leaving France w/o much growth. Sure, s [...]

    • I did not like this book. If you don't want to read my spoiler alerts, then just close it out here and move on. Written as a memoir, the main character is a girl named Kim Sunee, who is abandoned by her mother in Korea and found 3 days later by a policeman. She is then adopted by an American couple and is raised in New Orleans. She then spends the next 25 years running away from anything meaningful in her life and feeling sorry for herself. And there is where my dislike for her stems from. While [...]

    • Although I would certainly agree that this book is "gorgeously written," - Ms. Sunee has a true gift with language and descriptions - as a whole I can't rate it that highly. I generally can empathize or at least sympathize with most people. And to a certain extent I am able to do so with Ms. Sunee - she overcame some very difficult circumstances in her life that could only have been incredibly distressing and heartbreaking. But it is only to a certain extent, and this review is only three stars, [...]

    • I heard the author interviewed on Leonard Lopate's NPR show and was intrigued. I truly wanted to love this bookbut found myself struggling to read beyond the first-half. Having been abandoned at the age of three and grappling with identity issues after being adopted and raised in New Orleans, the author tells a tale of searching for herself though love, food, friendship, and travel. In the end it felt like a premature work - under 40 herself and seemingly still very confused and lost on many lev [...]

    • Oh I just hate to write this review. I have so many friends who know and work with this writer and were so excited about the book, and my sister is waiting for me to send the book to her, and I'm having the friends who gave me the book to dinner next week. But Trail of Crumbs was just so bland. I mean the recipes sound scrumptious - but the story just made me shake my head. Well for one thing, I just wanted to slap her. She was so sure that everyone in Korea and China thought she was a whore and [...]

    • There are so many memoirs of indeterminate purpose these days, particularly with recipes. As with many others in the genre, I never really figured out the raison d'etre of this one, but it stands out as much more lushly written than the rest. Intricate meals, global travel, beautiful French clothing, sumptuous bath products (Sunee was involved with the founder of L'Occitane for several years) - all very atmospheric. Even the recipes sound more decadent than your average foodie-turned-memoirist's [...]

    • I was unsure how I would like this memoir, because I had already aligned it with Gilbert's food memoir, Eat, Pray, Love and had been incredibly turned off by it.Kim is a lovely writer, and I appreciated her talent for pairing certain foods to certain moods. Much like her mouth-watering descriptions in easy-to-read recipes, I found her story deeply interesting, but ultimately, I wish she would have used her personal experience to write something fictionalized. My complaint with the over-saturated [...]

    • Sadness and loss is the underlying feeling of Trail Crumbs. At first it's difficult not to envy the young woman swimming laps in the pool overlooking the orchard of her French millionaire boyfriend's vast compound in the High Alps of Provence, but below the surface of this portrait is a turbulent quest for the writer's identity. Abandoned at age three in a Korean marketplace, Sunee is adopted by an American couple who raise her in New Orleans. In the 1990s she settles, after a fashion, in France [...]

    • I don't know whether to give this book a one or two star Overall it was an okay book, but the problem is I didn't like itThe author too focus on herself and her problem is just simple she doesn't know how to feel grateful with her life Sure she has gone through some hard times being abandoned by her mother, but a lovely family adopted her and given her a new chance. Just because she had some racist problem at school as an Asian, doesn't mean she has to brag about it all along. Until adult too. E [...]

    • I felt committed to read this for an upcoming book club so I gave it 150 pages before I had to call it quits. Otherwise, I would've been done in under 50 pages. It was like reading a travelog of the author's jaunts throughout Europe. Mouth-watering food, fantastic boyfriends, and alot of characters that never came to life for me. I am sympathetic to the author of her longing to find a place of belonging, but this memoir seemed incredibly self-indulgent.

    • I really liked this book. It took me a bit to get into it, but then I just loved the language, the honesty of it. The author writes about love and hunger, and belonging and finding yourselfd it amazes me that she is still so very young. She has done more and seen more of this planet in twenty-some-odd years than many people do in a lifetime. It makes me pine for Provence, for fresh figs and shelled walnuts.

    • Gorgeously-written memoir containing lush, ethereal language. Sunee's descriptions of traveling, food, and love are so sensually evocative that her narrative takes on a poem-like quality. Even at her saddest, most heart-breaking moments, she immerses readers into the beauty of fully experiencing life.

    • I think she has promise as a writer (she might be a good cook but I didn't try any of the recipes).It will be more interesting to read her when she has grown up a bit - after all, it is quite boringto read a Cinderella tale when Cinderella is only in her twenties. I couldn't finish it - it justdidn't hold me.

    • I just finished this book about an abandoned orphan from Korea who gets adopted by an American couple and spends her life trying to find herself, who she is, seeking love and happiness, all the time trying to define what happiness is, what would make her feel fufilled. Kim, the hero, spends a lotf of time cooking and in the book there are many recipes which sound absolutly delicious!

    • I REALLY didn't like this book. I expected so much more but it was a big whiny mess. As an adopted child, I found the author's disdain for her adoptive parents offensive. The whole book was one person's use of the fact of her early life and adoption as a justification for every bad thing and poor decision in her life.

    • This book has the excruciating tone of an adolescent girl endlessly debating whether or not to break up with the football hero. It takes self-absorbed to new level. It must have been quite a challenge to write a 400 page memoir and never acknowledge anyone else's feelings.

    • I picked up this book without knowing anything about it, and at first I thought it was great: poetic and evocative renderings of food and landscape, transporting me to New Orleans, Korea, Stockholm, Provence. There were even some great looking recipes. Then the memoir part of it really kicked in. Abandoned by her Korean parents, the author was adopted by a couple from New Orleans and had a pretty terrible relationship with them. So in college she started traveling to get away from them and "find [...]

    • As of page 248 - I am still feeling despair. This book is chock full of hurt, pain, sadness, despair, hopelessness. As far as enabling the reader to experience what the author is feeling, Ms. Sunee is an extremely good writer.Thoughts after having finished the book - 2.5 stars. The writing is fantastic. It was full of emotion and I cried for the author. As a memoir, though I read memories, autobiographies, and biographies to learn something about either the world or about an individual. This boo [...]

    • At times delicious, at times a little stale, Trail of Crumbs was an enjoyably frustrating read. Kim Sunee's writing flows and is filled with vivid descriptions of the sights, smells, and tastes of the bevy of cultures she visits. Her love of poetry comes through on every page. The story itself is mediocre, a little sluggish and towards the end becomes a bit of a soap opera. Occasionally Sunee comes across as rather detached from the story and I can understand how this could annoy some readers. H [...]

    • My interest in this book was triggered by her appearance/book signing/luncheon accompanied by Frances Mayes, who, the article said, has become a close friend of Kim Sunee. I love memoirs, I love everything by Frances Mayes, I love travel books, I love cook books--this one had it all.Well, it sort of did. Kim writes so well, reading her is a pleasure. Getting a glimpse of life lived with extreme wealth was fun, too. But I grew not to like Kim, as a person. Her selfishness was hard to comprehend. [...]

    • 3 stars because of the recipes.I can relate to the restless drifting and searching of the adopted abandoned, but Sunée's near-constant battle between her ego and her insecurity is exhausting. It's almost as if despite all the talk of wanting to belong, wanting a real existence she can claim, hold onto, she willfully rejects what little of her identity she knows. Down to her surname, even, now a Franco-fied version of her Korean name. Worse, she's not her only victim, despite writing it that way [...]

    • gah. i got this one because i saw my favorite buzz-words--food! travel! love! but was ultimately disappointed to find a book full of someone's angsty search for meaning and a place to feel at home. the narrator did a bang-up job of reading in lots of different languages (with what sounded to me like relatively accurate accents and pronunciation), but her regular ol' english narration was so precise that it kind of bugged me. or at least it didn't draw me any closer to the main character. instead [...]

    • Was better than "the sharper your knife", since they're both in the same genre of cooking memoir. you get more of a story with this one and a better look into the author's psyche for sure. although i kind of wanted her to stop whining about her sense of lack of placee did have pretty much everything a girl could ask for, a man who truly loved her, great cooking talent, and the financial means to travel the world (well via her pimp daddy, which honestly, is not such a bad thing, if you can get it [...]

    • This book came with such outstanding reviews I was so excited to start it. Sadly the book seemed to be one long page after another of self pity . If it were not for the recipes and the fact that the writing was fair I would have given this a zero .My book club were also highly disappointed, In fact the book was the subject of a long and funny discussion about self absorbed teenagers.I pity the people this woman has come into contact with and having to face their once private lives being publicis [...]

    • This is a book that I thought I would love. It has a lot in common with other books that I really enjoy - a sort of journey/memoir story similar to Eat Pray Love, but without all the hype.Sadly, I didn't like this one at all. I don't like to give up on a book midway through, but I almost had to force myself to finish this one. Kim Sunee is not a person that I can relate to at all - the book seems muddled, and the writing pretentious. I'm not sure what the purpose of the recipes at the end of the [...]

    • I picked up the galley at BEA 2007 and then totally forgot about it until I read a review of it in The NY Times. My eyes perked up at reading about the author's affair with a French dude--the creator of L'Occitane, whose products I certainly cannot afford--so I dove in. Sunee's story is sprinkled with high-brow recipes, which sound delicious, but which I'm not anxious to try at the moment. The salacious details about her affair, and various others, kept the momentum going, but I found it difficu [...]

    • Book club read for April - a memoir about a Korean girl abandoned at a marketa the age of three. She was raised in New Orleans by her adoptive parents - it is her coming-of-age story.Not so sure I like the interuptions of recipes throughout the book - would prefer all of that at the end.The most boring memoir I have ever read! She could have ended it 200 pages agot very interesting reading about a girl who can't appreciate all that she has been given in lifeybe that's the coming of age part, but [...]

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