Archive • May 2008

KBS Documentary

Thanks to Hongseok (Angel) “Roy” Ro for his hard work on making a lovely documentary about my return journey to South Korea. And to Mike for the translation. Thank you… Sunée Nunna

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Photo Album Korea

preserved crab

It’s the season for fresh raw crab preserved in soy sauce. Not to be confused with busters or soft shells–the shell stays hard but you suck and out oozes gorgeous raw crab jelly. It’s a labor of love to make this recipe, but is completely addictive. Green Tea Dusted Rice “Toast” with corn sweet potato salad Shrimp ...

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Korean Press Conference, Minumsa, YTN

Korean Edition

Today the Korean translation of my book, Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home (Grand Central) was published. The Korean Title is: Recipes in the Age of My 30’s: Provence in the Middle of Summer, I was always a lonely traveler, though I had love… It is an honor to be published in ...

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Chicken and Dumplings of the Sea, silkworm, rice cakes and Back to Heaven tea

quince tea

Seung-Hee and I spent the day at some of her favorite dives, tea shops, and street food stalls: A snack of Silkworms boiled in water and soy sauce in Insa-Dong…I only tasted one–it was actually good, but just enough to satisfy my curiosity. Back to Heaven–the name of the tea shop and a poem by a Korean ...

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Star of the Sea, searching the market Scavenger Hunt

roy shooting

This is the last day of shooting for Roy’s KBS documentary on my return to South Korea and search for my beginnings. We’re all exhausted but still hopeful as Lee Herrick and Mike, the translator for the Korean version of the documentary (to air on KBS in Seoul Thursday May 15th) Roy and I returned ...

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OKitchen:Bottarga and Brandade in Itaewon

susumu smiling

Susumu Yonaguni, a Japanese chef who started out as a dishwasher in the kitchens of The Savoy came to Korea, but not to grill bulgogi or rice cakes. Instead, he wanted, like most real cooks, to cook food he knew and loved. Thanks to stints in New York working with Terrence Brennan, and Dave Pasternack ...

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Meeting the poet, Lee Herrick


Lee is the author of This Many Miles From Desire. He was kind enough to greet me on my first evening here in Seoul. Meeting for the first time in the country where we were both born, and both abandoned was interesting. We are searching–separately, and somehow together with all the others–for a way to ...

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Roy, KBS Documentary, and a send-off to Seoul

send-off catie and roy

I apologize for being a bit late on my promise to write about this return journey to Seoul… Roy (right), the director of a Korean documentary series called “Scenes of Life” for the Korean network KBS flew into Birmingham to document my return journey to South Korea. His show has helped many Korean adoptees find their ...

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