Archive for 2008

New York

Whenever I tell my friends to meet me at Fatty Crab, they’re either really into it or twist up their noses (usually not my best friends). I know people who say they’ve had a mediocre meal here and frankly, I feel sorry for them. If you’re open and ready to be transported, settle in for ...

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Local Flavor and the Rockettes

adolfo and rockettes

I’m teaming up with cottage living and on a new series called Local Flavor with Kim Sunee. Click here to watch a Sneak Preview. The series will be available every Thursday at

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man on wire

This James Marsh documentary opened in July in NYC about Philippe Petit, the French funambulist, who walked across the Twin Towers in 1974. It’s an extraordinary account of one man’s passion as well as the birth and life of the towers…Hopefully, it’s coming to a theatre near you. Click here to watch the trailer.

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Meet Timmy the Shrimper and Scott Jones


Scott Jones, the Executive Foods Editor for Southern Living magazine offers a look into the life of third-generation Cajun shrimper, Timmy Cheramie. For more on why we should be supporting shrimpers like Timmy, go to Wild American Shimp. You can also check out Timmy’s shrimp recipes and more on Read Scott’s story and See the ...

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Plum Gelato for a Sprained Ankle


This was the last day of a week-long visit and photo shoot in Florence. I lost my voice and sprained my ankle. Luckily, Antonio, of Carabe gelateria quickly scooped out some plum gelato to help the swelling.

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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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South Korea and Hong Kong…

All of this is happening very quickly, but I’m going back to Seoul this Sunday May 4th. Originally, I was going to check out the markets, restaurants, and street food of my birth country but now my Korean publisher, Minumsa, will be publishing the Korean edition of Trail of Crumbs May 9th. I’m also going ...

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Back in NC

tortas sign

I just got back from a book tour in NC. First, an event at Nancy Olson’s wonderful gem of a bookstore, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, and then an event with Sara Foster and Bill Smith (of Crook’s Corner) at Foster’s Market in Chapel Hill. Sara and Bill transformed the recipes from Trail of Crumbs ...

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The Umstead Hotel in North Carolina

sugar trail

This is a lovely place to stay and relax in Cary, NC, especially if it’s your birthday and you’re on book tour at the nearby Quail Ridge Books and Music Thanks to Pastry Chef Daniel Benjamin for a gorgeous birthday surprise.

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My Miami Vices

media noche

Media Noche sandwiches and Café Con Leche at Puerto Sagua… What’s in a media noche? Pernil (slow roasted pork shoulder), sliced ham, yellow mustard, Swiss cheese, thinly sliced pickles, and butter pressed between two slices of sweet egg bread. No mayonesa! and media noche sandwiches

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Maira Kalman…One thing is certain

maira kalman

I love her new book a children’s book for adults pages to wander through in the early morning on a winter afternoon when the snow is falling so softly, when your heart is a bit lopsided, when you’ve said it all but no one seems to understand when the words are hard to find this is the book The Principles of Uncertainty

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Tacos y BBQ in North Carolina

la vaquita spread

I’m in Chapel Hill for the Orange County Literacy Benefit, a dedicated group of people who oragnized a first annual Writers for Readers Series. Along with Patricia Marx, Roy Blount, Jr. and Sally Bedell-Smith with Daniel Wallace hosting, I was happy to be invited. They’re all much funnier than I am, but it was an ...

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King of Cakes

king cake baby

I’ll always choose salty over sweet and probably hot over sour, but my friend Catie makes the best lemony sugar-topped king cake. Two days before Mardi Gras, she made one and I smuggled half of it into New Orleans to share with other king cake lovers. I loved les galettes des rois when I lived ...

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