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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 Eyre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781415949344
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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 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 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 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 Tonidoilney | 2/2/2014

    " love books with recipes, well written and entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/29/2014

    " Sunee is at times sympathetic and frustrating, allowing herself to be controlled by Olivier while voicing vague complaints of his magnanimous plans for her life. Because the story is true and Sunee's circumstances poignant, I was torn between empathy and wanting to shake her out of her (dis)comfort. A Korean orphan who is adopted and brought to live in Louisiana, then searches Europe and Asia for her soul, Sunee has a unique multi-cultural perspective on life and food as she searches for her own place in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen nelson | 1/23/2014

    " This was an overall good read. I like the journey, I love the food. I disliked the mental anguish. Not her having issues, but just something about the writing of it just turned me off. BUT, it did end with my wanting to know: Where are they now? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " THis is a memoir of an adopted girl who never knew where home was. SHe traveled and lived in France, went through failed relationships and ultimately in the end, never quite answered the question. I think we all struggle with this to some point. She was a chef and had some decent recipes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Goerling | 1/10/2014

    " i didn't mind the book, i think the writer needed to be older and have more life experience before writing her story, seems like she just felt to sorry for her self she had a wonderful life compared to many people adopted and she was quiet self centred... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this book. A beautiful, interesting and deep book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 12/18/2013

    " A light summer read with some good recipes. The author was a bit on the pretentious side. Her quest to find where she came from was not half as interesting as what she eats. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cami | 11/26/2013

    " I didn't finish it. I thought the book was pointless, directionless, and our heroine whiney, ungrateful, and unlikable. I hope someday she finds a way to be content with her life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/8/2012

    " not quite taken with this book as others have been... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/29/2012

    " A beautifully written memoir about love, food and travel from a Korean born orphan who as an adult was the mistress to the founder of L'Occitaine and his homes in Provence and Paris. Kim finds herself through food and cooking and includes some great recipes to try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miesha Marzell | 9/5/2012

    " Different than I thought it would be. It was nothing like eat pray and love, but still pretty good. If I spoke French, I would have enjoyed it much more. She would switch languages, and although it might only be a word or a short phrase - no translation began to get old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 3/14/2012

    " But a life empty of meaning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorie | 2/27/2012

    " A fun summer page turner full of Kim Sunee's experiences with food and friends and finding herself in Stockholm, Paris, New Orleans and beyond. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 5/18/2011

    " Loved the recipes but did not love all the hemming and hawing about what to do when I grow up thing going on. I would recommend but it is kind of heavy reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelley | 1/16/2011

    " Was - OK - didn't identify or feel too drawn in to main character. Wanted more info on her transition back to life in US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 11/18/2010

    " This book is so good! I love all the French language refreshers! Who doesn't love a book with recipes in it? It makes you shop at L'Occitane, even though it's super expensive! I felt a connection with Kim after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 9/20/2010

    " Amazing. I related to it all the more because of the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbie | 9/15/2010

    " I couldn't find a reason to finish it. It just wasn't going anywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 8/28/2010

    " A light summer read with some good recipes. The author was a bit on the pretentious side. Her quest to find where she came from was not half as interesting as what she eats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/28/2010

    " I enjoyed this true story of an Korean-American young woman, who was adopted, searching for home. Mainly set in France, with great cooking stories and interesting people in her life. It is also about love of different kinds and the hole in her heart from the mother who abandoned her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 8/25/2010

    " This was a waste of a read...A woman where nothing seems to make her happy except cooking and eating. Otherwise, she is lost,lonely,unhappy.No wonder it was on the markdown table... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/3/2010

    " overly simplified perspective, trite recipes with redundant ingredients and little creativity in preparation, childish view of relationships "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cami | 10/5/2009

    " I didn't finish it. I thought the book was pointless, directionless, and our heroine whiney, ungrateful, and unlikable. I hope someday she finds a way to be content with her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/16/2009

    " Sunee has no real family ties. This feeling is so foreignl to me that I'm hard pressed to identify with her as a narrator. "

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About the Author

Kim Sunée is the author of the national bestseller, Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for HomeShe has been featured in the New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, People, ELLE, and Glamour.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.