The book of salt is the first novel length work by truong it has a fascinating concept we know from history that stein and toklas had at different points two chefs from indochine nothing more is known truong picks up that point of unknown and spins it into a novel about love identity home and food. The book of salt included a lot of monique truongs debut book centers on binh a gay vietnamese cook who flees saigon in 1929 to work as a galley hand at sea he narrates his journey while later employed as a live in cook for gertrude stein and alice toklas two esteemed women who operate a literary salon in paris. The book of salt serves up a wholly original take on paris in the 1930s through the eyes of binh the vietnamese cook employed by gertrude stein and alice b toklas viewing his famous mesdames and their entourage from the kitchen of their rue de fleurus home binh observes their domestic entanglements while seeking his own place in the world. The book of salt is vietnamese american author monique truongs first novel it presents a narrative through the eyes of binh a vietnamese cook his story centers in paris in his life as the cook in the home of gertrude stein and alice b toklas and is supplemented by his memories of his childhood in french colonial vietnamthis book is structured as a stream of consciousness narrative in
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