Notes From A Young Black Chef: A Memoir
ISBN: 0525433910
EAN13: 9780525433910
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 31, 2020
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.81" H x 8" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Kwame Onwuachi�s story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world.� �Questlove

By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year) had opened�and closed�one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars that he made from selling candy on the subway, yet he�d been told he would never make it on television because his cooking wasn�t �Southern� enough. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age.

Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to �learn respect.� However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral, embarking on a new beginning at the bottom of the culinary food chain as a chef on board a Deepwater Horizon cleanup ship, before going on to train in the kitchens of some of the most Read More chevron_right

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   A quick and enjoyable summer read!
I think this book clearly illustrates how telling people that if they try hard enough, sounds good on paper, but doesn 't always work out for everyone. The book gives the impression of Kwame of having a winning spirit, one that will eventually pay in several ways. I would recommend this book to anyone, and despite calling it an enjoyable read, I found that it also gave me a lot to think about.
   Good book offering a fresh perspective
The author sheds light on an industry that has not recognized or elevated color people. This perspective changes the way I see my own community and industry.
   This is not a cookbook.
This is a memoir with a few recipes in it, but is not a cookbook. The memoir is a fascinating homage to Kwame's family, life, travels, heritage and food. I think that Kwame sometimes comes off as arrogant, but never without justification. He sometimes comes off as angry, but never without justification. This book is not a rags to riches story with a perfect hero. It is a story of a human struggle with a human hero.
This book spoke to me on many levels and it also allowed me a glimps inside where I THOUHT I wanted to be. Well done Chef Kwame for speaking your truth, it gave me another perspective. Oral History of the Philippines ''
   Riveting Memoir!
I bought this book after hearing the author speak with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. The story of Kwame Onwuachi is a riveting memoir of determination and resilience.
   From Disappointed to Happy
Finally, the finish line was completed. Initially, I was skeptical and thought of another hustler trying to win you over. Actually, I was kind of disappointed in the beginning, but that changed quickly, as I read more. I must admit that I have prejudged Chef. Finally we know the real reason for the collapse of Shaw Bijou. There I also prejudged. But I should have known that there was an outside force that drew the strings. Please read this book carefully.
Not exactly what I expected at all! Was his life ever a crazy adventure? I was actually yelling as a mother when he made bad choices. I am glad that he used that energy to produce a positive outcome and some really amazing food! I can 't wait to read Part 2 in another 10-20 years!
   Young and Wise
Kwame epitomizes what it takes to succeed in this world as a black man. He takes us on a journey from a toddler cooking with his mother, to his time with an abusive father, to a head strong teenager in the Bronx, to finding himself as an innovative chef in fine dining kitchens in NY, to finding himself as an abusive chef, cooking the food of his ancestors.
   Not the tale I expected. Better!
An interesting story! He clearly has an ego and is clearly worried about it. Maybe he shouldn 't be too afraid - this is an almost brutally honest autobiography that leaves me wanting very much to try his cooking.
   A Great Read for Everyone
The title of the book sums its contents well. It is a great story about a young black chef in the restaurant industry. But more than that, it is a great view of what life is like in the United States for at least one black man.