Chef Roy Choi and the Street Remix
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee
Illustrated by Man One
Readers to Eaters, 2017.
ISBN-13/EAN: 978-0983661597; $14.40
Cover of Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, illustrator is Man One. Photo of Roy Choi on his food truck courtesy of The Daily Beast (08 Dec. 2011)
From the publisher:
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 waited in 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 Deliciouscontinues 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.
Roy saw that Kogi food was like good music,
bringing people together and making smiles.
Strangers talked and laughed as they waited in line—
Koreans with Latinos, kids with elders,
taggers with geeks.
Roy found his place, back on the streets
feeding hungry people, cooking up joy.
He was home--living. He had found his best good time.
Kogi tacos made Roy famous.
Kogi trucks showed people that fresh food, full of flavor,
chopped, mixed, and seasoned by hand,
didn't need fancy restaurants.
Roy wanted to feed more people in his city.
He built cheerful food spots in worn out neighborhoods places.
He taught kids to make and sell their own tasty treats.
But that wasn't enough.
He called on his chef friends to start cooking for everyone,
"Let's feed those we aren't reaching."
—from Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix
"Breezy text and lively illustrations invite young readers and cooks into the world of the food revolution happening across the country... Man One's graffiti-art style is the perfect complement to Choi's cooking and the lively LA street scene... A vibrant, life-affirming tribute to a chef and his city." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"Spicy, sweet, colorful, tangy—all 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...
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." ~ School Library Journal
"Come for the ramen endpapers. Stay for the killer story and art." ~ Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 Productions
© 2017 Jacqueline Briggs Martin