Books, Books, and More Books….And a Giveaway

Where to begin?  Do you have stacks and stacks of books and magazines? I start some, finish some and then start others and go back to the first stack….and now I just thought it would be nice to know what everyone is reading or wanting to read or have started and not finished or started, read, and started again because it was so good.  Please share your lists and whys and so forth.

Here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of the books within reading distance….


Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson (Samuelsson was adopted from Ethiopia at the approximate age of three by Swedes….on to France and Harlem….He’s all about chasing flavors and finding home through that chase….).  I was happy to read about my friend, Lolis Elie, in the book who has a cookbook out, Treme.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen

Nigel Slater’s Notes from the Larder

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang (Admittedly, some, OK most, of the hip hop references went over my head but now because of Huang I want to master beef noodle soup!)

With or Without You: a memoir by Domenica Ruta

Poor Man’s Feast by Elissa Altman

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi (I basically want to eat and cook everything in this book)

Deux Fois Par Semaine by Christine Orban (l’histoire d’anaylse d’une femme…)

Haute Cuisine: How the French Invented the Culinary Tradition by Amy Trubeck

The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

About to devour and looking forward to:

Frances Mayes‘s Under Magnolia

Down South by Donald Link with Paula Disbrowe, author of Cowgirl Cuisine, worth getting for the blue cornmeal blackberry muffin recipe alone!

Martha Rose Shulman’s The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking: Templates and Lessons for Making Delicious Meatless Meals Every Day


What’s on your list? Share what you’re reading in the comment section below and Enter to Win a signed copy of my new book, A Mouthful of Stars.



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  1. April 10, 2014 10:44 am by HArvee Lau Reply

    Reading A Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan.
    Would love to win a copy of your new book!


  2. April 10, 2014 11:44 am by Suzanna Reply

    Tons of Alaska books are on my reading list right now. “Write Hard, Die Free” by Howard Weaver, “My Name is Not Easy” by Debbie Dahl Edwardson, “The Raven’s Gift” by Don Rearden and “The Cruelest Miles” by Gay and Lane Salisbury. Just picked up a “Trail of Crumbs,” too, which I’m very excited to dive into.

    • April 10, 2014 1:04 pm by kim Reply

      Thanks, Suzanna, for sharing these books!

    • April 10, 2014 1:06 pm by kim Reply

      Thanks, Suzanna, for sharing these books! Hope to see you at the May book launch–did you get the evite?

  3. April 10, 2014 2:13 pm by Christine Reply

    Just finished “Rules of Civility”. Currently alternating between Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book about Teddy Roosevelt and Taft and a book about nutrition called “Fat Chance”. I’m intending to start Joyce Carol Oates’ “My Sister, My Love” for my fiction fix.

  4. April 14, 2014 11:35 pm by Teri Reply

    This was an inspiration to take a photo of my current stack of books, but can’t figure out how to put the photo into the comment. It’s mostly food history, from “Six Thousand Years of Bread,” to Harold McGee (“On Food and Cooking”). During the Depression, the WPA sent writers out all over the U.S. to write about local things, including a whole cadre just to write about food. I have several collections of those writings.

    Plus there’s my first cookbook (age 5), “Susie’s New Stove” (the stove, which I didn’t have, was a precursor to EasyBake) with stars next to every recipe in the book to show I’d made them.

    Thanks Kim. Looking forward to the new book.

    • April 15, 2014 2:33 pm by kim Reply

      I’d love to see the photo, Teri. Email it to me and I can try to include it. I’d love to see a photo of your first book!

  5. May 5, 2014 8:41 am by Debbie Mandel Reply

    I have been a Kim Sunee groupie for sometime now and am so glad to know that someone else hoards books like I do! 3 or so books are open at one time. Right now it is – Elegance of the Hedgehog:)……..Call me by my name – first time author Andre Acimen’s lovely prose – Barbara Schere’s – You can get what you want!…..and various others. Whew – tired now – better go fix something nutritious and lay down to read!

    See you in Birmingham at Alabama Booksmith, Kim!

    • May 5, 2014 8:55 am by kim Reply

      I haven’t read Elegance of the Hedgehog yet but it’s on my list. And I love Call Me By My Name…Thanks for sharing your list. And I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!

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