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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Sunée Narrator: Justine Eyr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kim Sunée was three years old when her mother took her to a crowded marketplace and left her on a bench with only a fistful of food. Three terrifying days and nights later a policeman discovered Kim, who was clutching what was now only a handful of crumbs.

Nearly twenty years later, Kim’s life is unrecognizable. Adopted by a family in New Orleans, she grows up as one of only two Asian children in her community. At the age of twenty-two, she becomes involved with a famous French businessman, and finds herself living in France, mistress over his houses in Provence and Paris, and stepmother to his eight-year-old daughter.

But despite this glamorous lifestyle, Kim never really feels at home. Trail of Crumbs follows Kim as she cooks her way into many makeshift homes and discovers that familiar flavors are the antidote to a lifetime of wandering. Ultimately, it is in food and cooking that Kim finds solace and a sense of place.

Sensuous, intense, and intimate, this powerful memoir will appeal to anyone who is passionate about love, food, travel, or the ultimate search for self.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/15/2014

    " The third star is for the recipes. This book was given to me two years ago and I never wanted to read it. But a dry spell forced me to pull something off my shelves - this ended up being the thing I pulled down to keep at work for downtime. Good thing I didn't have high expectations. She really does make you want to shake her. Beautiful things seem to just fall into her lap but we just hear the negative, the negative, the negative. Ugh. The recipes look excellent though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan Lynch | 2/5/2014

    " Started out strong, but with a rather weak ending. In a sea of books that are trying to incorporate recipes into a story line...this one doesn't do the best job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/4/2014

    " Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home had a interesting premise, but didn't really deliver in the way I thought it would. The title is based on the fact that Kim Sunee was abandoned as a three-year-old in a crowded Korean marketplace clutching a handful of food. Her adopted parents wanted a baby and didn't intend to take her home, but she jumped in their laps for a week and they decide to adopt her. She lives in New Orleans as a child and inherits a love of cooking from her grandfather. The novel skims over her childhood and after college, she moves to Europe and becomes a "kept" woman of an older, wealthy French businessman. This part of the novel was interesting to me because her life seemed very glamorous and she struggles with adjusting to her new "stepdaughter" and loses a friend to cancer. The novel falls apart in the last third, as Sunee leaves the businessman, starts therapy, and finds a new emotionally distant boyfriend. I couldn't keep track of all the new friends and boyfriends that are introduced in the last part of the book and it seemed like she was in a hurry to finish. The book never addresses her adoption and childhood in the way I thought it would. I did like the book and the recipes Sunee included and I found Sunee tremendously interesting but the book could have benefited from better editing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tonidoilney | 2/2/2014

    " love books with recipes, well written and entertaining "

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