The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong

This book explores the life of a Vietnamese cook who moves to France and ends up working for the Americans Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas. These are two historic figures I had never heard of before picking up the book. Stein was an author who wrote on being gay and was an early figure in awareness (she was writing in the 1930s). She was also an art collector and owner of a famous art salon with works by Matisse, Picasso, etc (my favorite era of painting). While the book was good and focused on the Vietnamese cook trying to find an identity in a new country, it sparked my interest in Stein and Toklas–I’m off to browse Amazon for a biography.

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