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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Paperback)

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Paperback)

Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein
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For a limited time we have bookplates signed by Kwame Onwuachi.

This moving account of how Onwuachi moved from the streets of the Bronx to graduating from the CIA—and from there to working at Per Se and Eleven Madison Park, competing on Top Chef, and opening his own restaurant only to see it close in less than three months—is bracing and crisply written.

It's also a powerful demonstration of how typical obstacles to success in fine dining are amplified for black cooks at the same time that they face additional challenges simply because they are not white.

Onwuachi is an engaging, smart narrator of his own story, with the distance to be rueful about his own mistakes, the clarity to separate them from the struggles imposed by his race and youth, and the madness that occurs at the intersection of celebrity and fine dining.

His accounts are vivid and finely detailed, and Notes from a Young Black Chef can easily stand as an eye-opening introduction to the rigors and pitfalls of the American restaurant world.


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