Monday, July 19, 2021

Five top food memoirs

Katie Yee is a Brooklyn-based writer and the Book Marks associate editor at Lit Hub.

At Lit Hub she tagged five food memoirs to dig into for National Culinary Arts Month. One title on the list:
Kwame Onwuachi, Notes from a Young Black Chef

If you’re a Top Chef fan, you might recognize Kwame Onwuachi from his stint in season 13. If you’re a reader of restaurant reviews, you might recall his restaurant Kith/Kin receiving a few raves. Notes from a Young Black Chef gives us his honest (at times heartbreaking, at times inspiring) backstory: from living in Nigeria temporarily to the temptation of gangs he faced as a teenager to opening his own restaurant in his 20s. It’s at once a celebration of the power of food and also a gutting recounting of racism in America, definitely something for us all to chew on.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue