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Notes From A Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein; Narrated Kwame Onwuachi
Random House Audio
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir of food, cooking, and restaurants is an ode to persistence, savvy, and hard work. Onwuachi might be most familiar to Top Chef fans from his time as a contestant or to gastronomes for his boldly envisioned restaurant, Shaw Bijou. Still, in his mid-twenties, much of the book chronicles his complicated childhood. Experiences with an abusive father had him steered in an unfulfilling direction until he returned to cooking giving him outlets for both his creative and business savvy. He profiles his time going to the Culinary Institute of America, apprenticing at some of the world’s most renowned restaurants, starting his own catering business as a way to pay for school, the racism he faced in some of the kitchens as often the only person of color, and his persistence to create something new and unique telling his story through food.