Notes from a Young Black Chef

Notes from a Young Black Chef

A groundbreaking memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, from the Top Chef star and Forbes and Zagat 30 Under 30 honoree By the time he was twenty-seven, Kwame Onwuachi had competed on Top Chef, cooked at the White House, and opened and closed one of the most talked about restaurants in America. In this inspiring memoir, he shares the remarkable story of his A groundbreaking memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, from the Top Chef star and Forbes and Zagat 30...

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Title:Notes from a Young Black Chef
Author:Kwame Onwuachi
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1524732621
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Notes from a Young Black Chef Reviews

  • Ryan
    Jun 19, 2019
    More about an individual journey and less about how incredible food is. Don't get me wrong - food is incredible, but there are hundreds of writers who can tell me that. Kwame's road from childhood to here is singular - making his relationship to food along that road singular too. ...
  • Bookworm
    Apr 14, 2019
    Never watched 'Top Chef' or heard of him before but was intrigued by the cover and title and the story on how author Onwuachi became a chef and the road he took to get there. We follow his life and times, career with all its highs and lows and what it's like being a Black man navigatin...
  • Ann
    Apr 18, 2019
    Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. This memoir is written during a really interesting period of the author's life: right after his first well-hyped restaurant closed. I read that he had already started the book before that happened so at first I wished this had in...
  • Robin
    Apr 28, 2019
    An inspirational story of someone who was determined to make it in the chef world. Perfect for those who liked Marcus Samuelsson's YES, CHEF. ...
  • Kalen
    Apr 21, 2019
    Interesting, but. 29 strikes me as really young to write a memoir that names names in a relatively small industry where everyone knows each other and is so reliant on connections and who knows who. But, a memoir that doesn't name names probably doesn't get the media attention this ...
  • Shannon
    May 29, 2019
    Notes from a Young Black Chef I Picked Up This Book Because: #BlameItOnLitsy This books starts with Kwame?s young life. The time he spent in the kitchen with his mother, his troubled relationship with his father, the time he spends in Nigeria with his grandfather. He al...
  • Brina
    Jul 14, 2019
    Cooking has always been a passion of mine, so when my co-moderator at the nonfiction book club mentioned that she wanted to read a new memoir by an up and coming top chef, I decided to join her. Notes From a Young Black Chef came at a good time for me as this year celebrity memoirs hav...
  • Tina
    May 18, 2019
    I've really been on a memoir kick this year- and #6 did not disappoint. NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF is Kwame Onwuachi's story about coming up in New York and coming into his career as a chef. He finished 6 on Top Chef and just closed his dream restaurant- all before the age of 30....
  • Natalie
    Jun 17, 2019
    3.5, maybe a 4, would have been a 4 but the end just felt rushed and left me unsatisfied. i blew through this in a day, and while i found his story interesting and amazing, i really don't feel as if the writing ever reached me beyond a surface level retelling of his life's story. thoug...
  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 05, 2019
    From Louisiana to the Bronx, from Nigeria and to the Culinary Institute, landing in Washington D. C. this young man has learned to cook his own story, his own culture. A childhood filled with abuse from his father, support and love from his mother, to his grandfather in Nigeria, who ta...
  • Michelle
    May 01, 2019
    I?m so thankful I opened that Penguin Random House email sharing their CEOs picks. This is the important coming of a age story of an eager chef who?s been through a lot. As if trying to be a professional chef isn?t hard enough in itself, Onwuachi had many other life obstacles to ...
  • PorshaJo
    Jun 08, 2019
    Rating 4.5 I had no idea who Kwame Onwuachi is and had no knowledge of this book. While browsing my library for new audio books I came across this one. To be honest, I grabbed it just based on the title. It had the word 'chef' in it. I figured I could hear about the lifestyle of a c...
  • Audrey
    Jan 01, 2019
    This was an excellent food memoir. I admired Kwame when he was on Top Chef and thought his food looked and sounded amazing. I didn?t realize that his first restaurant closed soon after Top Chef aired. Kwame brings up a lot of relevant issues with race in the restaurant industry. Whil...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Apr 15, 2019
    Summary:This was a thoughtful memoir that tackled issues of racism head-on, but I wanted a little more depth. "By the time he was twenty-seven, Kwame Onwuachi had competed onTop Chef, cooked at the White House, and opened and closed one of the most talked about restaurants in Am...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Aug 28, 2019
    I have very vague memories of Kwame Onwuachi?s season of Top Chef so I went in to this without any preconceived notions. And while I wished he?d devoted more than a chapter to Top Chef, I found this to be a great addition to the food memoir canon. Particularly because there aren?...
  • Jameil
    May 19, 2019
    3.5 stars. The first half of the book is really strong. Kwame has honed telling his origin story and knows how to sell his success. He also names names in a very juicy way. I would love to hear how they feel about their portrayals in this book. I can also see plenty of people wondering...
  • Katy
    Apr 25, 2019
    Rounding up to 4 stars. I'm not entirely sure why I picked this one up since I'm neither a foodie nor knowledgeable about the culinary world / fine dining, but I ended up being interested by Onwuachi's journey even if I had to google a few food terms. ...
  • Amy
    Aug 13, 2019
    Read by the author, this is a great listen. Full of food, culture and food culture, this memoir is mouth watering. I?d like to eat at chef Kwami?s restaurant. This book demonstrated that his food is an extension of him and his experiences. I?d like to hear that story on the plate...
  • Jessica
    Aug 12, 2019
    i?ve long been obsessed with food culture/writing and chefs since my early days of watching iron chef (the original) and anthony bourdain?s ?no reservations?. however, it wasn?t until the third season of netflix?s chef?s table that a question began to spin in my mind: whe...
  • Alysa H.
    Mar 21, 2019
    I enjoyed this book very much. Kwame Onwuachi has a powerful and timely story to tell, and I was riveted by his experiences. In a way, all you need to know before you decide whether to read this book is right there in the title: he's young, he's black, and he's a chef. Young: Onwuac...
  • Kristen Merke
    Jul 16, 2019
    To Kwame, I say "Oui, Chef." What a powerful story about success and failure. About making it and breaking it. About love, loss and most of all about food. ...
  • Mars Leung
    Sep 02, 2019
    Overall, Kwame Onwuachi's life is nothing short of remarkable and this book gives a good overview of his years spent going between NYC, Nigeria, the American south and Washington, D.C. Onwuachi himself talks about how he used his version of a rags to riches story to promote his food ne...
  • Rekha
    Aug 21, 2019
    I can?t figure out why this book isn?t higher rated on GR. I found it fascinating. The story of Kwame Onwuachi - his voyage from the streets of New York to Top Chef and beyond. I found his backstory and evolution interesting and the behind the scenes peek of Michelin starred restau...
  • Yaaresse
    May 05, 2019
    With the exception of Malala Yousafzai, who has lived more in 21 years than many people will live in a lifetime and has a Nobel Prize to prove it, I'm not sure anyone under 30 really has enough self-knowledge of life experience to write a memoir. (I realize the same could be said of ma...
  • Phyllis
    Jul 03, 2019
    Thanks to the Book Club Cookbook and publisher Alfred A. Knopf for a free copy of this book. @aaknopf#partner. My thoughts/opinions are my own. I?m a sucker for food-related memoirs, so was interested the minute I learned of this book about a Black (he doesn?t call himself Afri...
  • Genevieve
    May 18, 2019
    The parts about working on the oil rig during the cleanup of Deepwater Horizon gave me goosebumps - very moving. I admire his candor and his writing had great emotional resonance for me. Also I can't wait to try some of the recipes he included. ...
  • Kate
    Jun 27, 2019
    As much as I enjoyed the book, I couldn?t get over the authors incredibly large ego. His own restaurant was based on his own story. It was all about how he got certain places seemingly just about alone. Clearly he did work hard to get where he was, but at the same time I sensed that ...
  • Jaime
    May 26, 2019
    Thanks AAKnopf for sharing NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF with me. memoirs have a special place in my book loving heart. This one is no different. It is Kwame's coming of age story, navigating life as a young black male in a predominantly white (and unwelcoming) industry, and his persev...
  • David Wunderlich
    May 03, 2019
    I listened to the audiobook, and I think that?s the way to go. The author holds nothing back, and hearing his inflection as he discusses his life added a lot to the mere words. The author?s life is not a boring one, and it has a wider range of experiences that most people will n...
  • LeeTravelGoddess
    Apr 11, 2019
    Am I biased?? MAYBE, but so what!!! We don?t get many black chef memoirs and I gobbled this up like I was a hungry bear! The story was wonderful, tantalizing, a filling course of the best foods and I tell you I still want more. It?s funny how I was reading two very different storie...