3 Days Left to Win Free Books: Hachette Book Group Giveaway: Asian Heritage Month

Free Summer Reading. My publisher, Hachette Book Group, is celebrating Asian Heritage Month by offering numerous book giveaways.

Here, at kimsunee.com, 5 winners will receive a package of all 5 books. Contest rules below.

Winners receive:

Hachette Book Giveaway

Hachette Book Giveaway


Free Food for Millionaires by
Min Jin Lee
Trail of Crumbs By Kim Sunée
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles By Jennifer Lee
Transparency By Frances Hwang
Strangers from a Different Shore By Ronald Takaki

CONTEST RULES:

1. At the end of this post, write in the comments section (NO email addresses or links) about why you would like this pack OR tell me your favorite food memory.
2. Email me – kim@kimsunee.com with your complete Name and Address (NO Post Office Boxes) Canada and US ONLY
3. Giveaway will end on May 31, 2009
4. One entry per IP address, home.
5. Winner will be notified by email, and will need to respond before books are sent. Books will be sent within 14 days of confirmation.

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  1. May 5, 2009 3:49 pm by Cristina Vazquez Reply

    I would like to be the winner of this literary pack because I have read Trail of Crumbs and really enjoyed it. Since I have my own copy, I would give the onw I would win to my sister (so she will return mine!) and as a teacher I would enjoy discovering all those other authors during my long awaited summer. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

  2. May 6, 2009 8:34 am by mindy Reply

    i would like to win these as they seem like a fascinating collection thanks for the giveaway

  3. May 6, 2009 9:12 am by Mary Ward Reply

    I’m a huge reader and am always looking for new books to read.

  4. May 6, 2009 9:44 am by Valerie Reply

    Well, I def need some summer books! And all of these sound great!

  5. May 6, 2009 11:04 am by kim v Reply

    I would like to win this because I’ve heard great things about Free Food for Millionaires. The other books look good too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. May 6, 2009 11:12 am by aaron Reply

    favorite food memory – going to the island’s farmer’s market every month as a child and biting into a slice of fresh baked, home made coconut bread.

  7. May 6, 2009 11:36 am by scottsgal Reply

    I’d love to win these. My favorite food memory was going to my aunt and uncles farm and orchard and having her homemade peach cake with peaches fresh off the tree.

  8. May 6, 2009 12:07 pm by Deborah R Reply

    My favorite food memory is of the first time I was allowed to help prepare a family holiday dinner. Mom said no, I was too young, but Aunt Jean waved me into the kitchen when Mom was taking a break and let me prepare…cream cheese stuffed celery. I thought I was so grown up and was so proud of my culinary success. I think I was all of 7 years old lol.

  9. May 6, 2009 12:48 pm by eva Reply

    I enjoyed Trail of Crumbs so much, I just ordered two copies in Korean so my mom and friend’s mom can get a flavor of it too. Readers like to identify with the characters/authors and that is certainly why I would like to win these books. As an immigrant, stepdaughter, and mother to interracial children, there’s so much that I can relate to and learn from these stories … and I am desperately searching for summer reads for the commute to/from work.

  10. May 6, 2009 12:57 pm by Rose Reply

    I would love to win this contest. I really enjoyed your book Trail of Crumbs. In fact, I liked it so much, I lent it out to a friend and I think she might just like it too much to give back to me! So, I would love to win this contest to get a copy of your book to keep (and to start making some of your great looking recipes) and to read all the other books in the collection.

  11. May 6, 2009 2:26 pm by Grizzly Bear Mom Reply

    Favorite food memory: grilled foie gras with brandied apples and a glass of muscat at a French Restaurant with a friend after completing a career changing project.

    I lived in Korea, training the Korean Military and Civilians, voluntered at an orphanage and even brought six children back to be adopted. I would love to win the books!

  12. May 6, 2009 3:25 pm by Tea Reply

    I would love to win the Asian pack. One reason I would like to win these books is because I celebrate diversity. I enjoy learning about other cultures including my culture, African American. I feel the more we read about one another’s lives and countries then, the more we will celebrate one another and see each other as future friends. The big picture is for our children to experience peace on earth.

  13. May 6, 2009 8:17 pm by Deb Miller Reply

    Although my mom is a great cook in her own right I think my favorite food memory has got to be remembering the cooking going on around me at my grandparent’s house. Every time I walked in the door it always smelled wonderful. It could be my Grama’s sweedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and green salad with carambola (which for some reason none of my friends had ever seen or heard of), or Papi’s “the best you NEVER had sesame almond” cookies. (My grandparents came to the US from Estonia and had their own way with the english language, which I loved of course) And for dessert ice cold lychee nuts (again for some reason my friends never saw this delicous fruit before eating with us at Grama’s) and Sayah (sp?) a traditional Estonian sweet bread.
    My grama passed away last year at 90 and Papi passed away back in 1996. Every time I make sweedish meatballs I think of Grama. This past year at Christmas I made Papi’s “best you NEVER had” cookies and passed them out to friends with a note about Papi and the title of the cookies. I plan to make them every year for Christmas. I am also going to attempt to do Easter eggs with my kids like Grama would make every year. She would dye the eggs the “Estonian way” which is by wrapping them in onion skins. It makes a beautiful marbled yellow gold pattern on the eggs. I just have to research exactly how to do it. Hopefully I will pass on some great food memories to my own kids.

  14. May 6, 2009 11:43 pm by brenda helgeson Reply

    my favorite food memory is the first time my parents took me to eat chinese food. the food looked so gross to me, but my mom made us take a bite of everything. omg, it tasted do good. addicted then & there.

  15. May 7, 2009 8:03 am by Christina Brunetti Reply

    I would love to read this. My favorite food memory is cooking with my mother. I loved baking and being able to lick the bowl.

    Thanks so much,

    Darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com.

  16. May 7, 2009 3:10 pm by Rosalynd Munson Reply

    As a child being raised in the deep south in the 1940s, many dinners around the fire consisted of crumbled cornbread in a glass of buttermilk. That may not sound pleasant to some, but to a hungry family it was a true necture. I have spent my lifetime in a kitchen cooking with Love for those I Love. I have filled the table with large varities of fabulous dishes and imported treats. I adore pouring over my cookbooks planning the next family feast. Yet now and then when alone, I find myself sitting in front of the fire savoring a glass of buttermilk and crumbled buttered cornbread.

  17. May 7, 2009 6:02 pm by Esme Reply

    This would be a great way to discover some new authors.

  18. May 7, 2009 6:50 pm by Ashley Madden Reply

    I would like to win because out of the 5 books up there, I’ve only seen one of them before. I love Asian culture, so it’d be a treat if I did get lucky and win.

  19. May 8, 2009 4:29 am by Belinda Reply

    My favorite food memory was fried catfish meals. We would go fishing and come home and fix fried catfish, fresh green beans, and potatoes on the grill.
    Thanks!

  20. May 8, 2009 10:10 am by Deedles Reply

    My favorite food memory was when I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner. I was so nervous but it all worked out just fine.

  21. May 8, 2009 10:33 am by Sarah P. Reply

    My most formative years developing my Asian American identity took place in New Hampshire, the taxless land of “Live Free or Die,” where if you didn’t pay attention while driving, you might have driven your way through the state and hit Vermont before you knew it. Before New Hampshire, I grew up in a working class, largely immigrant community in Queens, NY, with weekdays surrounded by other over-achieving Asian youth, weekends at my grandfather and father’s pastored Korean church. Yet, no, it was feeling like a fish out of water that threw me into a search for identity – into taking Asian American literature and history courses, performing spoken word and in plays like R.A.W. (Raunchy Asian Women), having the honor of meeting and eating lunch with Maxine Hong Kingston and Li-Young Lee. I am back in NY, returned to familiar surroundings, and I fear I’ve hit autopilot again. I rarely bat an eyelash on the subway, I don’t make eye contact or greet anyone with a smile, and I keep my head down and plow through my graduate studies. I would like these books, perhaps selfishly in part to relive my glory days in college, but moreso to jolt me awake, to shake me and reaffirm my passions and beliefs in this community I love.

  22. May 9, 2009 8:55 am by Hillary Gurman Reply

    Hillary Gurman
    May 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm
    I would enjoy receiving the 5 books so that I can read each author’s work and somehow feel connected to the stories told and the words written.

    One of my many food memories happened in 2004. It was a beautiful summer night when my husband and I entertained our 3 wonderful daughters and their boyfriends at a favorite restaurant in Sunny Isles, Florida (we still go there to this day).

    My daughters were dating young men who each had gone to the same same private school they had attended. That was especially joyous to me because I was the alumni coordinator of the school , and what were the chances of having 6 alunmi at the same table!

    My husband ordered various small plates of the chef’s best that we passed around and shared. The food was superb and the wine extraordinary (reds and whites from our own collection).

    During the course of the eveing, I couldn’t help but gaze at each of my children, searching for hints of their happiness. I didn’t want to analyze — simply, enjoy the moment.

    The memory of that night lingers with me. Each time we dine there, I can’t help but look over my shoulder from a seat at the bar to the table where we sat long ago. That perfect night is a lasting memory although, like everything in life, just a slice of the whole pie — albeit, one that brings a smile to my face and a pang to my heart.

  23. May 9, 2009 4:29 pm by MJ Reply

    I’m always looking for new to me authors. I think these sound great!

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

  24. May 9, 2009 5:31 pm by Caroline G. Reply

    My favorite food memory is when I was living in Beijing and teaching English back in the 1980s. My English students took me under their wing and cooked for me, a clueless foreigner. I especially loved the dumpling parties, where we would “bao jiaozi” (wrap dumplings). The dinner guests prepared the meal: we would sit around tables: one would mix the flour&water; one would roll out the dough “logs”; one would cut the logs with a cleaver; one would roll out small dough rounds; the rest of us would then fill up the rounds with ground pork seasoned with garlic and Chinese chives, and then squeeze them into dumplings. Mine were always the “ugliest” dumplings, I just couldn’t get the look right. But it wasn’t about the meal itself, it was gathering together to prepare it and enjoy each other, that was the gift. Oh, and the “jiaozi” were heavenly-tasting, too! And I got to practice my Chinese, and they got to practice their English and we enjoyed countless hours this way….good food, laughter, friendship and understanding. They made China my second home. It still is, for I ended up marrying one of them (a student, not a dumpling).

  25. May 9, 2009 5:50 pm by margaret arndt Reply

    Over the last few years, my bookclub has read a number of Asian themed books, including ‘Wild Swans’, a non-fiction selection, Sky Burial, which focused on both China and Tibet, ‘Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress’ (the cultural revolution) and ‘The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down’ about a Hmong family negotiating the U.S. health care system.
    These selections from Hachette would be a great addition to my library, and potentially good reads for my bookclub.

  26. May 10, 2009 3:10 am by Julie Sorum Reply

    Love books about different cultures, especially Asian & would love to win this set. Thanks:)
    julyso@grandecom DOT net

  27. May 10, 2009 8:21 am by rhapsodyinbooks Reply

    I would like to win because I would like to learn more about Asian heritage. Thank you.

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  28. May 10, 2009 11:23 am by Yashira Laurent Reply

    My grandmother raised me and taught me how to cook at an early age. She used to make this soup dish called “Sanchocho”-we are from the Dominican Republic. I remember watching her as she cut up all the vegetables and herbs, prepared all the different types of meats. The aroma of all of the flavors coming together was something that filled the house. Oftentimes, you would be able to smell it from outside and follow the scent to our house. It was truly a dish that she put her heart and soul into making. Whenever family knew she was making this dish, they would come over to enjoy some of it. A couple of years ago, my grandmother passed away. My aunt and uncle were visiting from out of town a couple of months ago and my aunt asked if I remembered how my grandmother made Sancocho and the ingredients. I invited them over for dinner and was able to recreate the same dish my grandmother used to make and put the same amount of love, if not more to make sure it turned out as I remembered. This was a bittersweet day because the dish turned out just like she used to make it but we all missed her. I remember sitting down at the table knowing had she been there, she would have been proud. She introduced me to my love & passion for cooking.

  29. May 10, 2009 1:07 pm by Elena Reply

    I always enjoyed food, but in an effort to establish my own identity shunned the ways of my talented mother. I watched my mom growing up, but never wanted to be that woman, the woman that came home from work and cooked for her husband. I was to be an independent woman.
    My freshman year of college I met a friend with a passion for cooking. He and I shared tater tots in the dorm cafeteria, doused in lemon, salt and Tabasco when there was nothing else edible to eat and he shared his desires to create wonderfully elaborate meals. One day he got the idea to use the oven that was located in the common area of our dorm. We bought aluminum pans, cut rosemary from plants nearby, went to a local butcher to buy lamb, and bribed some older friends to buy us some red wine. We invited friends to join us in our dorm room; we snuck chairs and tables from the common areas, and set to work. We set the lamb to cook and meanwhile prepared a colorful salad, poured wine, sliced bread all the while in a very cramped space. When we returned downstairs to check our meat a dorm activity was underway – a hypnotist. The smells of our lamb roasting in wine and rosemary filled the room. Embarrassed and hysterical with laughter, we crept by eight students under hypnosis to retrieve our dinner. In fits of laughter we took our meal upstairs, joined our friends and enjoyed what was quite possibly the best meal of our lives; because, after all, we lived in the dorm and ate two dollar meals at the food court whenever we didn’t want to eat in the cafeteria.
    This moment changed my relationship with food and my mother. She became something to aspire to, rather than shun. Food with friends and family has become central to my life. It is gift that I share with treasured friends and family. I love to experiment with food, share new finds with those I love, and most of all, with every meal I prepare and savor, I honor my mother.

  30. May 10, 2009 7:24 pm by Belinda M Reply

    I love to read and this looks like a fantastic bunch of books. It would be my summer reading..sitting out in the yard with a great book. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning

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  31. May 11, 2009 1:06 pm by Mili Reply

    As a Korean-American married to a French-Canadian. Obviously, food has been an integral part of my life. From dol saut bi bam bap to tourtiere, recalling dishes of my past is like reminiscing about my life.
    My dad would always take me out to eat afterschool (similar to a gouter in France). Sometimes he would take me to a German deli where I ordered a two-tiered sandwich that had this amazing spread of mayo, mustard and relish on thin dark rye. On other occasions, we would go to a local establishment where they only made potstickers served with a vinegar based hot sauce and eggrolls.
    Jap chae, kalbi and turkey were all included in my family’s traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals (kim chee and rice was always on the side). With my in-laws, Christmas in Quebec always includes the traditional tourtiere, pate, and Coquilles St. Jacques. During the holiday season in Quebec, homemade beignes with powdered sugar reigns for breakfast. Choosing a period in my past in which a food experience marked me is impossible as my life has been a gastronomic experience.

  32. May 11, 2009 2:54 pm by joan Reply

    I just finished Trail of Crumbs a few moments ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I was swept up in the joys, challenges, and sadness of Kim’s life. As the book came to an end, I wiped my tears of understanding and allowed my heart to rejoice in her finally finding her way – even if not home yet but definitely on the right path.

    As often happens when I complete a good book, I realize I’ve become a bit attached to the writer. This is easy to do, having shared her inner thoughts and feelings as though they were my own. So I checked out the website to see if Kim has written another book since Trail of Crumbs. Sadly, she has not. But I could be comforted and kept occupied in the meantime by winning the wonderful selection of books she’s giving away.

  33. May 11, 2009 3:02 pm by TeeBee Reply

    It is very unusual to see a group of books together where each of the story lines are intriguing enough for me to want to read four books at the same time; but that is how I felt after reading each of the descriptions for each of these books.

    I found your book “Trail of Crumbs” a few months ago. Since my mid 30s I have been on a consent search of “who I am”, like you, I am a Korean Adoptee (adopted in 1960) and your book description sparked enough interest in me to want to read and listen to your journey as a Korean adoptee. I was dumbfounded to read your reaction of when you arrived in Seoul for the first time since leaving your Birth Country. I too had an opportunity in 2004 to walk on Korean soil for the first time since 1960 and my reaction was basically the same as yours. I too walked off the plane thinking “I will know someone’s (anyone’s) face and they will know mine”.

    Each of these books stories seem to be about someone’s personal journey and something I can relate to since my personal journey over the last seventeen years finally lead me to my husband, my beautiful daughter adopted in 2004 and to my second daughter that we are currently waiting to adopt. Back in early 2008 I finally felt “whole” enough to request my Korean domestic and international adoption files to see if there was enough information to provide a viable family search.

    Today, I am defined by my own personal journey of “who I am” – A Korean-American adoptee living my life in reverse.

  34. May 11, 2009 5:54 pm by Janet F Reply

    I would like to read this pack of books because I like to read and learn about Asian culture.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  35. May 11, 2009 9:38 pm by Jo B Reply

    I would like to have these books because I really enjoyed Trail of Crumbs and have heard good things about several of the others. Plus, I am a verocious reader and am always looking for new things to read!

  36. May 12, 2009 4:01 pm by t warren Reply

    I just had an auto accident and can’t go anywhere and new books would get my mind off my troubles. Thank you!

  37. May 12, 2009 4:54 pm by Dan Reply

    Favorite food memory. Fresh blueberry pancakes with honey on a wildly humid morning in the late 1980s, holding my fork with one hand and carefully shooing yellowjackets with the other. I can’t remember whether we had orange juice, but blueberries always bring me back to that day.

  38. May 13, 2009 12:38 am by Lisa Marie Reply

    My favorite food memory is when my Mom showed me how to make my Grandmother’s famous “Corn Fritters” for Thanksgiving. An immigrant to America from Germany in 1939, my Grandma had her first Thanksgiving in the American South and learned how to make corn fritters for this holiday. It has become a family tradition that hopefully will be passed on to future generations.

  39. May 13, 2009 11:16 am by Olga Granda-Scott Reply

    Reading Trail of Crumbs reminded me of many food memories during my time studying and traveling in Europe, as you did. I also visiting Swedish students I met while in France in Stockholm and am not a fan of their foods. Nothing beats from fois gras poele in Paris. Or, probably my favorite, fresh fois at the bi-annual antique market on the Ile des Impressionistes in Chatou. I would love winning because I’m always looking for more fun reading and inspiration. I too would give away this second copy of Trails to a worthy friend!
    How fun giveaways are! Thanks Kim!

  40. May 14, 2009 6:37 pm by Lauren Clarke Reply

    I would love to win these books because I am an avid reader who is always looking for a good read. I enjoyed Trail of Crumbs so much and I am grateful to have found it in my local library. The other four books seem really interesting. If I win the contest, I guarantee you I will read all of the books! Also, I would love to have my own copy of Trail of Crumbs so I can mouthwater over the recipes.

  41. May 15, 2009 10:02 pm by Nicole Reply

    I love to read and have never read any of these books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. May 15, 2009 10:02 pm by amiekim Reply

    Growing up in the midwest in a scandinavian family, where salt and pepper were considered spices, I was starved for spicy foods. I was the one in the family always wanting to try new things.. to experience strong flavors.. something beyond the vanilla and butter of the midwest. So when I cashed my first paycheck at the age of 16, I bee-lined to the local corner store and bought a bottle of Tabasco sauce, the only thing spicy I knew of in my bland community. I think it’s in my blood to crave the heat. What I didn’t realize is that I was hungering for home.. My first home – Korea.

  43. May 15, 2009 10:07 pm by Jordan Kang Reply

    My favorite food memory was when I was in college in Atlanta… having grown up in a Jewish household in Florida, I never explored nor even pondered my Korean, let alone any Asian, culture or history…unless of course you count “The Great Wall” or “Beijing Gardens” restaurants. So when I ventured out with my Korean friends to a Korean restaurant in Atlanta and “first again” tasted gak-to-gi….it was first “life-stopping”…I had to stop and realize where I was and who I was with and what I was doing, because the taste of the food was bringing back memories of Korea…at first unclear…I knew I had tasted this before…even after 12+ years of not having any Korean food..except of course small jars of kim-chee from Publix. The food was like a cryptic, ancient key that had unlocked this place in my brain…but the cobwebs were too thick to see through and it was from then on my journey to reconnect with those memories, and of course Korean food began. All because of some fermented radish.

  44. May 16, 2009 11:12 pm by Marianna Reply

    I don’t know why but the memory that popped into my mind was that of me eating watermelon at Rocky Point Amusement Park. I remember I was at a wooden bench in a place were tons of other benches were (it is a bit hazy…I was little yo~). My brother had eaten pennies and the watermelon rind and was sick to his stomach. Why is that a good memory? I seem to remember clam cakes and chowder and noisy gulls too.

  45. May 17, 2009 5:26 pm by BB Reply

    Dear Kim,

    Your memoir spoke to me on a very personal level – I was born in China, but moved to Sweden at age 5 and then came to the US at age 14. In college, I studied abroad in France for a year. Your search for cultural identity and belonging is something I also went through and now at age 25, am still going through. Over the years, however, my perception of growing up in different countries has turned from something awkward and confusing to something very beautiful I think. I now feel so lucky, to have experienced the world and met people different from me in so many ways. As a student, I don’t get to travel very much, but like you, I enjoy translating my past experiences into the food I make and eat, as well as the music I listen to and the literature I read. I think I would tremendously (re)enjoy your book as well as enjoy these other books.

  46. May 18, 2009 2:56 am by alohau Reply

    Many friends have joked of befriending me in hopes of eating homemade Korean food — with me cooking their favorites like kalbi, chapchae, etc. I usually inform they that they have befriended the wrong Korean. I used to run away from the kitchen with mom always yelling “how will you feed your husband and family”! I now realize that many of mom’s home cooked foods cannot be learned from books but by having been it the kitchen with her. Who else could make dandelion kimchee (believe it or not it is very tasty!)? I always say I was blessed to be born Asian living in the US as my mom made me appreciate diversity — especially in foods :-)

  47. May 18, 2009 7:20 pm by Jane Reply

    It would be awesome if I won these books because I love free things and I love love love reading great books. =)

    I have many favorite food memories…Most of them are when yummy food is enjoyed in the company of people I love, so I guess holiday meals are when I create favorite food memories. I especially love New Years dduk gook ( Korean tradition ). The broth is so soothing and the dduk so chewy…AND…. you can’t beat receiving money from your relatives @ the end of the day. =)

  48. May 18, 2009 8:30 pm by Wanda Reply

    I’d like to win this pack because I know that all the authors are good writers.

  49. May 18, 2009 11:19 pm by Cheryl S. Reply

    I’d love to win this set of books because I love reading books that are about Asian culture.

    Please count me in – Thanks! E-mail to follow.
    Cheryl

  50. May 20, 2009 10:22 pm by Marion Greenwood Reply

    Hi
    I would love to read this set of books because I love Asian culture and my daughter is half Asian. Count me in. Thanks.
    Cheers
    MarionG

  51. May 22, 2009 3:16 pm by WYF Reply

    My love of food and cooking is my passion in life and I am certain that the food experiences of my childhood has helped to shape that. My favourite food memory is making the fried dumplings for Chinese New Year with my mom and grandmother. We’d sit at the table rolling out the dough in a pasta machine, cutting the rounds that were going to be stuffed with a mixture of sugar, peanuts, sesame seeds and coconut. Then we would have to pleat the edges to seal the dumpling shut before frying them. Though my grandmother has since passed on, there hasn’t been a year where we haven’t celebrated Chinese New Year with the fried sweet dumplings being a treasured favourite. Whereas I struggled to create those beautiful pleated edges as a child, they are second nature to me now and presents itself as a constant reminder of my heritage.

  52. May 22, 2009 6:53 pm by Mishia Reply

    I would love to win these books because I love asian culture and would love to read new authors.

  53. May 23, 2009 9:19 am by Jan Eilers Reply

    Living in Hawaii for 10 years exposed me to people, cultures and foods that are still a part of me many years later. An avid reader, I have always been interested in learning more about Asian lifestyles and the tenacity of this population. Please choose me to be a winner!

  54. May 24, 2009 8:31 pm by Judy Bolton-Fasman Reply

    These books are fantastic! I’d love to have them packaged together.

    My favorite food memory is an anti-food memory. A number of years ago my mother convinced a Hartford Courant reporter that she could cook Passover food in the Sephardic Jewish style. The reporter had been referred to my mother by a mutual friend who must have never tasted my mother’s food. In truth, my mother’s only an expert at preparing dessicated chicken. Mom played up her Cuban identity and her Greek/Turkish roots and was selected to be one of three women for the feature.

    As she has done all of her life, she had bullied my aunt–her younger sister–into agreeing to cook for the photo shoot. (Aunt Rachel is a very good cook–very intuitive). A few days before the Courant reporter and photographer were due at our house on Asylum Avenue, Mom and Aunt Rachel got into a huge fight. (They fight more than they talk). Aunt Rachel refused to cook or share her recipes.

    When the reporter arrived my mother winged it and gave the reporter recipes for biscochos–a ring of hard sweeted dough that is perfect for dunking into a cafe con leche–that was basically mixing flour and orange juice. She also offered a recipe for “pink rice”–trice cooked in tomato sauce that she claimed her Greek grandmother made when she Mom was a child. That was it. And she was photographed in front of an empty plate. Contrast that to the other two women who had had enough food on their tables to feed the Greek and Turkish armies.

  55. May 24, 2009 8:33 pm by Judy Bolton-Fasman Reply

    **to the other two women also featured in the newspaper story

  56. May 25, 2009 2:55 pm by Shawnee Reply

    My favorite food memory was when I was little and visited my grandparents farm for the first time. They had a vegetable garden and my Grandmother took me out, knife and salt in hand, and we at cucumbers and tomatoes, warmed from the sun and sprinkled with salt, right there in the garden.

  57. May 25, 2009 5:08 pm by Aaron Reply

    Favorite food memory — grandma’s oatmeal bars.

  58. May 27, 2009 1:37 am by ikkinlala Reply

    My favourite food memory is of when my grandma taught me the secret recipe for her shortbread.

  59. May 27, 2009 4:58 am by Sallie Reply

    My food memories start as a small preschool girl in my grandmother’s kitchen. She planned and made “party food” for her card parties. The ladies would gather around several card tables in the living room and eat tiny sandwiches made by our hands and play Rook. She let me cut out little rounds of white bread with a biscuit cutter. We then spread them with cream cheese flavored with a drop of onion juice, then topped each with one slice of olive. She made small pie crusts on the back of muffin tins and filled them with lemon curd, topped them with meringue. She called me “Redbird” as we worked together in the kitchen. Think of the patience she had with me, on party day, to let a little girl into the kitchen with her!

  60. May 27, 2009 11:29 am by Shelley Reply

    Hi Kim!
    What a great giveaway! I’d love to win these 5 books….I loved Trail of Crumbs and I’m sure these other books will be (almost) as good! :) My favorite food memory is from when I was in Junior High School. I was taking a home ec class and for extra credit, we had to cook meals at home. Well, my mom was all over that because she hated to cook. I would choose whatever recipe I wanted and she loved signing off on my assignment paper. I’ve been enjoying cooking ever since.

    I hope you’re doing well! Take care,
    Shelley

  61. May 28, 2009 5:11 pm by Katie Reply

    I love to read and am always looking for new books to expand my horizons.

    My favorite food memories are from living in Italy. I moved there with my family when I was six and was lucky enough to try a WIDE variety of dishes (I loved calamari enough that I continued to eat it even when my mom told me it was squid!). We traveled around and the only rule was, “try it once.” We ate horsemeat tortellini, ox tail soup and a wide variety of mussels that would squirt at you from a box before they were served steaming on the table. The only thing I can remember not wanting another bite of was an Italian variety of squash…not very good to my six-year-old mind. However, gelato was an instant favorite! The tastes and smells cemented our three years in Naples in my mind and every spring as I plant basil it takes me back.

  62. May 28, 2009 5:23 pm by Jennefer Radojevic Reply

    The weird but wonderful reason I would like these books is this: I’m an egg. Or so I’ve been told while living in Japan for two years. White on the outside, yellow on the inside. An Asian girl trapped in a white girl’s body. I’ve been drawn to all things Asian for as long as I can remember- Chinese medicine, Thai Curry, Korean authors (wink), and Japanese men. I remember picking up Amy Tan’s brilliant book, The Kitchen God’s Wife over 15 years ago (for the only reason but that I liked the cover) and being transfixed. Four weeks later I was on a plane to China to see for myself this magical culture she so stunning depicted in her book. I haven’t stopped since. Malaysia. Brunei. Indonesia. Japan. Philippines. Korea. Singapore. India. Vietnam. Thailand. I’ve seen them all. Tasted them all. Loved them all. Just and egg, trying to find her way home….

  63. May 28, 2009 5:59 pm by veedee Reply

    Thanks for this great giveaway! delilah0180 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  64. May 28, 2009 8:07 pm by Heather Reply

    I live for a new read!!!

  65. May 28, 2009 10:40 pm by Mengling Reply

    I would love to have these books. My favorite food memory is growing up with my grandparents and staying over their house on the weekends. They serve jook on the weekends for breakfast with crunchy little fishies, green onions, tea eggs, pickled cucumbers, and shredded dried pork.
    Oh, the saltiness is so mouth watering, but the warm jook takes the bite out of it. Everything was very simple and earthy.

  66. May 29, 2009 7:18 am by Melissa Morin Reply

    I was born in Pusan, South Korea and was abandoned. I was adopted by American parents (Swedish and German) when I was 5 years old. My mom learned to make kimchee, bulgogi, and a few other Korean dishes using a cookbook. The thought and effort that she put toward purchasing unfamiliar ingredients and preparing Korean dishes on my behalf is fondly remembered.

  67. May 29, 2009 8:55 am by Sally Belk King Reply

    Why do I want this book? Several reasons:

    * I want to know more about Kim Sunee, who was possibly the most gracious editor at Cottage Living. She always, always returned my calls and responded to my e-mails; something that doesn’t always happen in this day and age.

    * I want to learn more about Korea and Korean culture.

    * One of my very best friends is Korean, adopted, and gay….I have so much compassion for her plight (we traveled to India together and visited several orphanges), and I’d like to know more about yours, Ms. Kim Sunee!

  68. May 29, 2009 10:28 am by Carol Stuhr Reply

    When my new five year old best friend arrived from Korea my mom and I treated her to a real Scandinavian Christmas smorgasbord at a Lutheran church in Minnesota. The lutefisk jumped around on a huge platter and the big scandinavians loved it so much that by the time it reached us, thankfully, it was empty. We laughed and laughed but at this table nobody talked – they just ate and ate. We had so much fun we went again two years later and laughed just as much. My daughters teacher asked her little charges what nationality they were soon after that. She replied that she was “Swedish.” The teacher said “I don’t think so dear.” We still laugh a lot.

  69. May 29, 2009 11:33 am by Carrie DeLeon Reply

    My favorite food memory comes from my summers in Massachusetts. I remember so many of those warm, muggy summer days, with the smell of fresh cut grass permeating the air. On many summer afternoons my father would drive my brother and I to Chickami, where we were members of a pool located on a summer camp ground. We would park and then walk down the long dirt driveway, often muddy from a recent rain, to reach the pool. I remember changing into my swim suit in the musky dark changing room, damp cement beneath my feet as I stretched my nylon suit strap up over my shoulders. I loved swimming so much that my father referred to me as a ‘fish’. I found it freeing and therapeutic, alone under the water, hearing the happy muffled voices above, in a world of peace and tranquility all my own. Something about spending a couple of hours swimming made me ravenously hungry afterwards. Food never tasted as good as it did after an afternoon of swimming at Chickami. A summer staple was my mother’s special potato salad. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Her salad contained large round slices of potatoes boiled to tender perfection, bits of chopped hard boiled eggs, mixed with a light mayonnaise salad dressing. She sprinkled poppy seeds throughout her potato salad which added a special flavor all its own. My mother was never one to skimp on the salt and together these flavors created a fresh tangy potato salad like no other. I have tried to replicate it and have been unsuccessful. Only she holds the key to preparing the perfect summer potato salad.

  70. May 29, 2009 11:35 am by Mercedes Castillo Hanvey Reply

    Sadly, I don’t have a food memory. I certainly have foods that I like, that I crave, but no real distinct memories of happiness surrounding food. Perhaps that is why I don’t cook and instead married a man that I thought would save me from myself, my life, by cooking for me-I saw this as a sign of love. After many years together, the love I thought I was getting in the form of food became a thin disguise for a life run by his alcoholism.
    I have left recently, taking my young daughter with me. The first book I picked up since leaving was a “Trail of Crumbs”–amazing how books find their way to you when you need them. So, in answer to the question, I hope to make my own food memories soon; I am learning to cook for my daughter, for me.

  71. May 29, 2009 12:20 pm by Betty Reply

    We were military stationed in Korea for 2 years several years back and would love to win this set of books. Korean food was super and we learned to even relish kimchee

  72. May 30, 2009 5:42 am by ana Reply

    Looking for summer reading and learning about my heritage!

  73. May 30, 2009 8:05 am by Julie Y. Reply

    I am fascinated by other cultures. I love the unique ideas, thoughts, and inspiration I can learn from another part of the world. Reading thrills my soul, and I am a book-aholic! I would be thrilled to be chosen…more super exciting summer reads!!

    p.s: I just saw that you were coming to Studio:b this summer. I just started interning with an interior designer in the Santa Rosa area. EXCITING place to come visit!!

  74. May 30, 2009 11:13 am by Lesley Reply

    My favorite food memory comes from tasting my mother-in-law’s cooking for the first time. My mother never cooked when I grew up, and my new boyfriend’s mother cooked a LOT. (Appropriately for this pack, she is from Taiwan.) I was scared at first, because I was not opened up to many foods, but her food did–and still does–makes me feel like I’m comfortable and at home.

  75. May 30, 2009 1:37 pm by Stacey Kim Reply

    I devoured your book Trail of Crumbs in 5 days. I stayed up way too late and when I did finally turn off my book light the images in my head of the places and foods you described lingered for some time before I was able to fall asleep. My fondest memories of friends and travel all revolve around food and wine. The first time I tried duck confit was when my friend Isabelle’s mother came to visit from Viarmes. She brought several big round cans and I stood right by her as she opened a can and removed quartered pieces of duck from a gelatinous mess and asked me if I wanted the duck fat? I refused it then but now I have learned to cook with the fat and now understand why she offered it to me. The richness and depth of flavor the fat imparts is sublime. I would love to read the books by the other Asian writers and hope I enjoy them as much as I did yours.

  76. May 30, 2009 9:54 pm by Erin Walsh Reply

    My favorite food memory will always be going downtown with my Aunt to see movies and then going to Tutenbergs for lunch. They had these delicious greasy burgers and frys. And she always laughed about how bad they must be for all of us, but I loved them.

    I’m a vegetarian now, and a much healthier eater, but that whole memory still makes me smile.

  77. May 30, 2009 10:53 pm by Chris Reply

    There are so many reasons why I want this set of books. Let’s start off with the obvious and unchangeable – I am human and therefore subject to the gimme gene. Second, they look like incredible books. Third, I have long been interested in “Asian” culture (I realize there are a lot of cultures, but roll with it) and this is one way that I can get started without expensive travel.

    My favorite food memory is really simple. My father perfected his steak cooking technique (apologies to the vegetarians). He give them a rub with onion and garlic powders and salt, puts them in a campfire griller, and drinks a beer to measure time to cook on each side. MMMMM!

  78. May 30, 2009 10:57 pm by Janey Lam Reply

    (I don’t know if it’s too late for my entry, but I would love to try anyway)

    Although it’s rare to find these days, I’m a college student who loves reading. Aside from just reading, one of my “passions” is food, which is what attracted me to your novel, “Trail of Crumbs.” This pack of book not only combines witty titles that appeal to me, but they tell stories of individuals growing into their own identity, something that I can identify with at the moment. I would like this pack of books not only to be able to read the works of successful fellow Asian American writers, but also continue to fuel a love of literature.

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