At a South Korean marketplace, three-year-old Kim Sunee's mother deposits her on a bench with a fistful of food and a promise to return. Three days later, a policeman takes the little girl and what is now a fistful of crumbs to a police station, where she learns that her mother isn't coming back. From here, her extraordinary life journey begins.
Adopted by a young New Orleans couple, Kim spends her youth as one of only two Asian children in her entire school and church. At the age of 21, she becomes involved with a famous French businessman, and suddenly finds herself living in France, mistress over his houses and stepmother to his eight-year-old daughter. But despite this glamorous lifestyle, Kim feels like an outsider, and it is in food and cooking that she finds solace and a sense of place.
First published 2008.
'Brave, emotional, and gorgeously written...I'm already awaiting volume two.' Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun 'A fine book.' Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall 'Poetic...like a piece of chocolate: bittersweet, satisfying, and finished all too soon.' Laura Fraser, author of An Italian Affair
KIM SUNeE was born in South Korea, adopted and raised in New Orleans. She lived in Paris and Provence for 10 years.