The Book of Salt, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In a compelling novel that takes the reader on a strange journey from Indochina to Paris, the Vietnamese cook for Gertrude Stein and Alice B.

Toklas reveals his own fascinating story-Paris, 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?

Binh fled his homeland in disgrace, leaving behind his malevolent charlatan of a father and his self-sacrificing mother.

For five years, he has been the personal cook at the famous apartment on the rue de Fleurs.

Binh is a lost soul, an exile and an alien, a man of musings, memories and possibly lies- Tastes, oceans, sweat, tears - The Book of Salt is a an inspired novel about food and exile, love and betrayal.


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I loved the richness of this book. Told from the perspective of Gertrude Stein's Vietnamese cook, it is both sensuous and poignant. I read it through once, then read it through again. One of my favorite books in recent years

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I heard a lot of great things about this but I didn't finish it. It seemed overly precious and writery.

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