But it is only to a certain extent, and this review is only three stars, because for the last half of the book or so all I could think as I was reading was,"my god, quit whining and complaining so much! You have lived and are living the most incredible of lives. And then when she finally ended that relationship, it was nothing but complaining about how much she missed the apparently pretty amazing and by all accounts fabulously wealthy guy she had left.
All that said, and to end on a positive note, her descriptions and prose are lovely. The recipes are great.
Her intertwining of the relationship between certain food and events in her life is pretty amazing. If you read it, just try to focus on those things and ignore what an unappreciative malcontent she comes off as being. Feb 20, Laura rated it it was ok. I truly wanted to love this book 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.
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In the end it felt like a premature work - under 40 herself and seemingly still very confused and lost on many I heard the author interviewed on Leonard Lopate's NPR show and was intrigued. In the end it felt like a premature work - under 40 herself and seemingly still very confused and lost on many levels, I believe that Kim Sunee could travel and explore for the next years and ultimately write of an amazing journey sharing not only her discoveries of food and travel, but also reveal more of her personal transformation.
In it's current state I fear this book comes across as being in a state of working through her own relationship with herself and her ability to be there for others.
This is does not read as eloquent or participatory - rather self-involved. Parts of "Trail of Crumbs" even come across as intentionally blaming and catty. Ultimately, for plus pages a great deal of it is repetitive wrangling over the end of a relationship. Focusing on the food, travel and teaching English in foreign lands is where she shines, and should have placed more attention there. Shelves: local-connection. 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.
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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 Oh I just hate to write this review. She was so sure that everyone in Korea and China thought she was a whore and I wanted to say - well if you'd just stop acting like one! She just kept making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Not that I've never made stupid mistakes over and over again, but I'm not going to subject the reading world to my memoir telling them how I'm just so lost and then telling them about getting involved with married men that, surprise, surprise, won't leave their wives I'm not saying it was terrible; a two star rating means that it was OK and not completely without merit.
But I'm just saying it does not live up to its hype. But I will probably make the Midnight Pasta 3, yum, yum! View all 3 comments. Mar 14, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: bio-memoir , food. 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 There are so many memoirs of indeterminate purpose these days, particularly with recipes. Even the recipes sound more decadent than your average foodie-turned-memoirist's almond saffron cake, figs roasted in red wine with cream and honey.
Sunee spares no emotional details either, but as we're no longer discussing chicken thighs with cinnamon and dates, the effect is totally TMI. There are fights, meltdowns, affairs, divorces, vulnerable children, inappropriate kite makers, battered women, and an awkward number of details about sex and therapy considering we can Google a lot of these people.
It's a shameless hot mess and I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but I left feeling like I'd seen more than my sense of decorum permits. View 2 comments. Feb 27, Amy rated it did not like it. 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. Feb 01, Cameron rated it did not like it. 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 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.
So in college she started traveling to get away from them and "find herself. For the author her search is deeply unsatisfying, and it becomes so for the reader. Honestly, I finished it only to see how this woman, who became the mistress of the founder of L'Occitane, became the founding food editor at Cottage Living. But that was never reached; all we're left with at the end is the author's resolution to return to the US after 10 years in France and a destroyed life.
At first I rejoiced in the writing, even felt a bit overwhelmed at how I could ever learn to be so good, and vowed to try some of the recipes. But by the end I was so depressed--thinking she needs to stop running, she needs to find Jesus as her identity and worth--that I just wanted to forget it. I'm returning it to the library without attempting any of the creme fraiche-laden treats. Feb 21, Blanca rated it liked it Shelves: memoir.
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-saturat 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.
My complaint with the over-saturated memoir market recently is that it is so easy to publish a memoir. The standard now seems to be providing an interesting, engaging story instead of a relevant one. While I find the author a compelling character, an interesting person and a person I might even want to get to know, she is not relevant, not even for being involved with a high profile business man, whose relevance is also minimal outside of the lives of his circle of friends and captains of industry.
I truly hope that Kim's future endeavors allow her to be remembered for projects that make her relevant in her own right. Jan 28, Astrid Natasastra rated it did not like it Shelves: travel-and-culinary-obsession. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 it..
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The author too focus on herself and her problem is just simple.. 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 ad I don't know whether to give this book a one or two star.. Until adult too. Esp when it comes to the part of Olivier.. She rarely seems grateful to Olivier's existence in her life, she doesn't even sound happy in her writing about him.. Yet when she's about to lose him, she wants him back.
But I'm glad the story ended accordingly. That's the only good thing about the book. She often reminiscent about her childhood memory of cooking, but funny on the contrary she often sees the memory as unpleasant, something she doesn't want to remember or re-encounter. Doesn't it confuse you then?
Jun 09, Renee rated it really liked it. 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 s she settles, after a fashion, in France Sadness and loss is the underlying feeling of Trail Crumbs.
In the s she settles, after a fashion, in France with Olivier Baussan, a multimillionaire of epicurean tastes and—at least in her depiction—controlling disposition. She struggles to create a home for herself in the kitchen, cooking gargantuan meals for their large circle of friends, until her restive nature and Baussan's impatience with her literary ambitions compel her to move on.
I ordered this book from the library, but ordered it on line after I finished, just to have access to the many mouth-watering recipes I read about. Sep 18, Andi marked it as did-not-finish. I felt committed to read this for an upcoming book club so I gave it 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. Mar 11, Crystal rated it it was amazing. 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.
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The author writes about love and hunger, and belonging and finding yourself 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. Jul 13, Kim Miller-Davis rated it it was amazing. 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. Oct 15, Karen Kramer rated it it was amazing. 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 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 boring to read a Cinderella tale when Cinderella is only in her twenties. I couldn't finish it - it just didn't hold me.
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Jan 11, Lynne rated it did not like it Shelves: biography-memoir , audiobooks. 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 page memoir and never acknowledge anyone else's feelings. Aug 01, Cassandra rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , memoir. As of page - 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.
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 As of page - I am still feeling despair. This book was a great exposure to France but I wasn't sure what to learn from the author herself. I kept looking for the resolution, the point in her life where she grew and finally accepted herself.
It didn't come. The ending was rushed, sounded like she might have started looking forward rather than back, but it happened on the very last page. I'm relieved to be done with this book. I hope the author has found peace! May 29, Linda rated it liked it. 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.
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To her grandfather, who had given her so much, to the year-old girl who badly needed a mother and grew to trust and love Kim as a mother-figure, only to wake up one day and find her gone, without so much as a "I'm so sorry I have to leave but I'll always love you. Am I glad I read the book? 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 At times delicious, at times a little stale, Trail of Crumbs was an enjoyably frustrating read. However, because her writing was so gorgeous and I found I could identify with many of her feelings and struggles I was able to forgive this minor flaw. All in all, 3. 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. I can't help but feel for the girl to whom she played step-mother; she ultimately ended up being a victim of abandonment too. The writing is exceptionally descriptive, but frequently goes beyond what is necessary. There is no nuance, no room for imagination or interpretation; we are spoon-fed some sweet recipes to help the bitter pill go down if we are to accept that this story is real.
Sep 13, Carissa rated it did not like it Shelves: adult , listened-to-audiobook , non-fiction. Apr 08, Helena rated it it was ok Recommends it for: No one. 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. She tried to mother his young daughter and prepared sumptuous meals for his frequent guests. Recipes may or may not be linked to the chapter that precedes them. She made her own friends and had an unhappy love affair, again with a married man.
The mouthwatering recipes taper off at this point in her memoir, but there is still much about food and drink. The author closely observes and skillfully records all the nuances of texture, color, aroma and taste. From the crumbs in the fist of an abandoned three-year-old to bowls of richly sauced pasta, her text chronicles the entwining of food with security and love.