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Advance Praise for Love & Saffron

 

"With lush descriptions of food and a resonant historical setting, Love & Saffron is a sweet, savory, and emotional pleasure. It's like a dinner with friends you won't want to end." –J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

 

"Love & Saffron is simply a delight. In letters between two women—strangers, at first, but ultimately best friends—in 1963, Kim Fay reveals how a love of food can open doors into culture, history, homes, and love. Indulge yourself in the world of Joan and Immy, preferably with some quesadillas or mussels in wine and saffron by your side." — Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

 

"Love & Saffron is a story about the joys of being alive—the delight found in discovery, the comfort of a good meal, and most of all, the richness of true friendship. It is a story about connection—to place, to food, and to each other. I read Love & Saffron in one delicious afternoon. It's the kind of story you get lost in, one that breaks you open, fills your heart, and reminds you of what is important in life. A genuine pleasure. You'll want to share it with everyone you call friend."—Louise Miller, author of The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

 

"In Kim Fay's charming novel two women in 1960s Los Angeles and Washington state become the best of friends long before they meet in person. Together, they navigate relationships, ambition, societal expectations, and the arts of making and writing about food.  Warm, delicious, and absolutely satisfying—I devoured in one enthusiastic gulp!"—Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Last Train to London and The Postmistress of Paris

 

"In an age when we're barraged with Twitter blow-ups, pandemic deaths, and political discourse of the most uncivil kind, Love & Saffron is as refreshing as watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and a bowl of garlicky clams at your elbow. Kim Fay convincingly recreates a charming and civil world, and a touching friendship, in a period piece that will restore you to your kinder, gentler self." —Richard C. Morais, author of The Hundred Foot Journey

 

"The beautifully written Love & Saffron is a delightful recipe of food, friendship, love, and acceptance. Utterly captivating from the first page to the last, Kim Fay has penned a touching, satisfying novel that readers will surely savor for a long time to come. This story will fill your heart, lift your spirit, and feed your soul. I truly didn't want it to end."—Heather Webber, author of Midnight at the Blackbird Café

 

"Fay's brilliant novel explores the magic of food and how one letter with a special ingredient can forge the unlikeliest of friendships—awakening the taste buds of life, meaningful friendships, and love along the way. Á table! Savor this story one delicious and heartwarming page at a time." —Samantha Vérant, author of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux and Sophie Valroux's Paris Stars

 

"Love & Saffron is a gift, a poignant and moving gift, to food and to friendship. This book transports us back to the lives and kitchens of two women from different generations and different places in the Sixties. Through the exchange of letters, confidences, recipes and, yes, saffron, a deep relationship evolves for both the characters and readers. Imagine taking a stroll through a critical time in American cuisine through the eyes and palates of two great friends.  I loved this lovely book. Pour yourself a glass of Chablis and drink in Love & Saffron."—Lian Dolan, author of The Sweeney Sisters and Helen of Pasadena

 

The Map of Lost Memories

 

EDGAR AWARD FINALIST
for Best First Novel by an American Author

 

“Captivating . . . has qualities any reader would wish for: adventure, romance, history and a vividly described exotic setting.” -- The Washington Post

“Fay’s extraordinary first novel has everything great historical adventure fiction should - strikingly original setting, exhilarating plot twists, and a near-impossible quest ... Every word of this evocative literary expedition feels deliberately chosen, each phrase full of meaning.” - Booklist (starred review)

 

Communion:
A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam



The Globetrotting Gourmet calls Communion, "THE book on Vietnamese cuisine, deserving a place in every foodies' and travelers' library." Winner of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award, Communion offers a feast for armchair gourmets, as well as a colorful guide for travelers hungering for their next adventure.