The joy of cooking … and sex

January 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

You’ve doubtless heard the expression “Food is love” — but it’s rarely so literally expressed as in Kim Sunee’s memoir, “Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home.” Abandoned by her mother in a Korean marketplace at age three, Sunee was adopted, along with another Korean baby girl, by an American couple and raised in New Orleans. She came closest to finding a sense of belonging when she worked in the kitchen alongside her adopted grandfather, Poppy. “Suzy and I are the only Oriental girls, as we are called, in our school,” she writes, “so the comfort of Poppy’s kitchen after school every day, the promise of his home-cooked meals, are a refuge … solid food to remind us that we exist, that we live in a new world where we have not been forgotten” …

In Brief: “Trail of Crumbs” (The Barnes & Noble Review)

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