Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

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Annotation: Describes the popular street cook's life, including working in his family's restaurant as a child, figuring out what he wanted to do with his life, and his success with his food truck and restaurant.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #154449
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Man One,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-9836615-9-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0364-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-9836615-9-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0364-2
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2017931112
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
The third installment in the Food Heroes series presents Roy Choi and the Los Angeles street-food scene. Breezy text and lively illustrations invite young readers and cooks into the world of the food revolution happening across the country. Locally sourced fresh produce and good cooking are what chef Roy Choi is all about. A formally trained chef who has worked in fancy restaurants, he decided to be a "street cook" serving "outsiders, low-riders, kids, teens, shufflers, and skateboarders." Drawing on his South Korean roots and the many cultures of Los Angeles (where he was raised), Choi cooks the way his mother did, "the Korean way—by hand—briny and tangy kimchi, spicy bibimbap, scallion pancakes studded with oysters." Early on, when Roy's Kogi BBQ Truck made its rounds with its Mexican-Korean fusion, people said, "Korean guys can't do tacos"—but Kogi tacos made Roy famous, and the double-page spread of an LA map with pinpointed locations of the trucks testifies to that. Though bordering on in-your-face at times, Man One's graffiti-art style is the perfect complement to Choi's cooking and the lively LA street scene. Readers who get hooked will want to read Choi's L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food (2013). A vibrant, life-affirming tribute to a chef and his city. (authors' notes, illustrator's note, bibliography, resources, biographies) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)
Publishers Weekly
With crackling energy and dramatic flair, Martin (Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious) and newcomer Lee pay tribute to Roy Choi, whose cooking melds the Korean flavors he grew up with those of his California home--Los Angeles on a plate.- In clipped verse that draws on the rhythms of hip hop, the authors follow Choi from the launch of his Kogi food trucks to his efforts to -feed good food, create worthy jobs, and bring smiles- to -hungry- parts of the city. Man One-s layered, graffiti-style artwork mimics the narrative-s energy and Choi-s commitment to -cooking for everyone.- Ages 5-12. (June)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 15Spicy, sweet, colorful, tangyall the words that authors Martin and Lee use to describe Roy Choi's Korean Mexican cuisine apply just as accurately to the book they've created along with L.A. street artist Man One. Choi's parents came to the United States from Korea when he was two years old, opening a family restaurant in Los Angeles. After stints as an aimless street kid and a cooking schooltrained chef, he combined his local knowledge, Korean heritage, and chef skills to open a taco truck, serving Korean barbecued short ribs wrapped in corn tortillas and loaded with Roy's "awesome sauce." One truck turned into many, which led to his first stationary restaurant, Locol, in the Watts neighborhood of L.A. Choi's dedication to bringing wholesome, flavorful fast food to low-income neighborhoods is reflected in every word and stroke of this colorful book. The jaunty text has the rhythm of a griot's story ("What? Chefs cook in kitchens, not on trucks!") without sacrificing readability. Graffiti tags and airbrushed landscapes are the background for energetically warped cartoon illustrations. Lots of diagonals and brilliant colors capture the speed and flavor of street food served hot. One particularly effective sequence juxtaposes Choi in his chef's whites garnishing a plate of lamb chops with Choi, wearing headphones and a backward baseball cap, scratching a record while mixing up "awesome sauce" on the following page. In both spreads, the focus is on his skilled hands, the concentration evident on his face. If you're not hungry already, this savory array of sizzling words and art will make your mouth water. VERDICT This excellent picture book biography about an inventive chef doing good belongs on all shelves.Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 846
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 189737 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q71657
Lexile: 710L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Chef Roy Choi calls himself a "street cook." He wants outsiders, low-riders, kids, teens, shufflers and skateboarders, to have food cooked with care, with love, with sohn maash. "Sohn maash" is the flavors in our fingertips. It is the love and cooking talent that Korean mothers and grandmothers mix into their handmade foods. For Chef Roy Choi, food means love. It also means culture, not only of Korea where he was born, but the many cultures that make up the streets of Los Angeles, where he was raised. So remixing food from the streets, just like good music--and serving it up from a truck--is true to L.A. food culture. People smiled and talked as they waitedin line. Won''t you join him as he makes good food smiles? Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott Medal winner, Snowflake Bentley as well as Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table , and Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious continues her Food Heroes series with Chef Roy Choi on people who change what and how we eat. Together with food ethnographer June Jo Lee and internationally renowned graffiti artist Man One, they bring an exuberant celebration of street food and street art. Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of many award winning children''s books, including Snowflake Bentley, winner of the Caldecott Medal. Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, which was named an ALA Notable Children''s Book and a "Best Nonfiction Books" by School Library Journal, was the first of her Food Hero series on people who changed what and how we eat. Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious, the second book in the series, received a starred review from School Library Journal and was named a "CCBC Choices by Cooperative Children''s Book Center. She enjoyed home cooking while growing up at her family farm in Maine, but also liked sampling from the Korean taco truck, ramen and congee at Roy Choi''s restaurants while doing research for the book. She lives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and tries to eat kimchi everyday. Learn more about her at jacquelinebriggsmartin.com. June Jo Lee is a food ethnographer, spending her days visiting kitchens, dining rooms, and markets to understand how America eats. She''s a national speaker on food trends and consults with organizations from university campus dining to Google Food and has been featured in the New York Times. She is also co-founder of READERS to EATERS, publishing books to promote food literacy. Like Roy Choi, she was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to the U.S., where she grew up eating her mom''s kimchi. She now lives near Seattle, Washington. This is her first book. Learn more about her at foodethnographer.com. Man One has been a pioneer in the Graffiti Art movement in Los Angeles since the 1980s. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Getty, and Parco Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and others. His artwork has been shown in galleries around the world including Australia, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand. He has painted live on stage at some of the largest U.S. music concerts and festivals including tours for MTV with The Black Eyed Peas. He is the recipient of the Speakerand Specialist Grant by the U.S. State Department to work with children in Panama to build self-esteem through art. In 2002, he founded Crewest Gallery, the premiere street art gallery in L.A. to give graffiti artists a professional venue to showcase their work. In 2014, he relaunched Crewest as a lifestyle media company focused on creativity, art and design. A proud Chicano artist, he is a first generation American whose parents immigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles in the late 1960''s. He ate his family''s delicious Mexican recipes at home growing up, but Bob''s Big Boy was his favorite spot to eat out. This is his first children''s book. Learn about Man One and Crewest at manone.com and crewest.com.


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