The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
In a compelling novel that takes the reader on a journey from Indochina to Paris, Binh, a gay man and the Vietnamese cook for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas reveals his own fascinating story.
1934 - Binh has accompanied his employers to the station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with his 'Mesdames', stay in France, or return to his native Vietnam - a place he fled in disgrace? For five years, he has been the personal cook at the famous apartment on the rue de Fleurs. The Book of Salt is a an inspired novel about food and exile, love and betrayal.
Publication Date: July 2004