Speaker Spotlight: BlogHer Food Day Two, The Innovator Interview
Last week I introduced you to Diane Cu, Todd Porter, Bryant Terry, and Terry Walters, the keynote speakers for BlogHer Food '12's first day. Today, it's the end of Day Two's headliners. (Registered yet? There are still a few spots left, so get moving!).
Today I'll introduce you to Kim Sunée, with whom BlogHer Co-Founder and CEO Lisa Stone will close the conference in an on-stage interview. Her writing is a melange of memoir, travelogue, and homage to the joy and power of food, a quality that has led her to be called the M.F.K. Fisher of her generation.
Kim's best-selling Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home takes readers on an unforgettable journey, beginning in the South Korea of her birth, where she was abandoned on a market bench (she was found after several days by police officers, clutching the crumbs that remained of the bread her mother left her with: thus the title). From South Korea to New Orleans, the city in which she grew up, then on to Stockholm, Paris, and Provence.
All along the way, food is an anchor and a pole star, noted by lush descriptions of local delicacies on nearly every page, and evocative recipes that close out each chapter. She has said, "Some people travel for monuments, I travel for food. It really is a way of understanding a culture, and maybe understanding something about ourselves as well."
Photo Credit: Roberto Frankenberg.
Kim's been a food editor (for Southern Living and the now out-of-print Cottage Living); her work has been featured in a range of publications from the New York Times to ELLE to the Ladies Home Journal; and she has guest judged on the Food Network's Iron Chef America several times. She's currently researching and writing another book which has -- surprise! -- taken her all over the world. Where has she gone, and what she is finding along the way, is something you'll just have to come to the closing keynote and find out.