Monique Truong was born in Saigon, South Vietnam and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of two novels Bitter in the Mouth and The Book of Salt. Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times Notable Book and a recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, a Bard Fiction Prize, a Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the 7th Annual Asian American Literary Award, among others. Truong was awarded a PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. She has contributed essays to the New York Times, the Times of London, Gourmet, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Allure, Town & Country and other publications.