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Eat a Peach: A MemoirSuccess with not a small degree of self flagellation but thankfully with a great sense of humor and exceptional generosity towards young chefs as well Written in a fast paced conversational style with the help of Gabe Ulla and Chris Ying the book addresses the existential uestion of Who am I Because Chang s life is a remarkable one the book is a fascinating read Overall this book is just okay I generally enjoy memoirs from celebrity chefs because I find the restaurant business from the outside to be compelling Eat a Peach started out great "With The Glimpse Into "the glimpse into Chang s childhood but the early days starting up his restaurant was not was strong in my opinion It seemed to be going through the motions storytelling than anything else That being said toward the end there is a terrific story about a night Chang spent with the late great Anthony Bourdain that is almost worth the price of admission I also enjoyed the section at the close of the book where Chang offers advice to aspiring chefs Even though that advice is largely to choose something else as a career it was one of my favorite parts of the book. NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK TIMES From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflixs Ugly Deliciousan intimate account of the making of a chef the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failureDavid puts words to so many of the things we all feel sharing generously of his own journey so we can all benefit in the processChrissy TeigenIn 2004 Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny stark space in Manhattans East Village Its young chef owner David Chang worked the line serving ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups It would have been impossible to now it at the timeand certainly Chang would have bet against himselfbut he who had failed at almost every endeavor in his life was about to become one of the most influential chefs of his generation driven by the uestion What if the underground could become the mainstream Chang grew up the youngest son of a deeply religious Korean American family in Virginia Graduating college aimless and depressed he fled the States for Japan hoping to find some sense of belonging While teaching English in a backwater town he experienced the highs of his first full blown manic episode and began to think that the cooking and sharing of food could give him both purpose and agency in his life Full of grace candor grit and humor Eat a Peach chronicles Changs switchback path He lays bare his mistakes and wonders about his extraordinary luck as he recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession He wrestles with his lifelong feelings of otherness and inadeuacy explores the mental illness that almost Itsuka killed him and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness Along the way Chang gives us a penetrating look at restaurant life in which he balances his deep love for theitchen with unflinching honesty about the industrys history of brutishness and its uncertain future.

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G when my niece took me to eat at his Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC s East Village in the early 2000 "S I Thought Of Him "I thought of him in terms of the spare look of the tiny restaurant and the delicious Asian inspired food Then I accidentally came across The Mind of a Chef on PBS Chang was the featured chef in season one and "according to his memoir was the originator of the series I found him to be an original innovative wide ranging "to his memoir was the originator of the series I found him to be an original innovative wide ranging thinker and an excellent engaging communicator and so have followed his career ever since His memoir Eat a Peach is a chronicle of his life in food as a chef restauranteur tv star podcaster author colleaguementor but even so it is a set of brutally honest yet elouent reflections on his struggle to continuously develop as a Human Being Chang Doesn T Mention Socrates But I M being Chang doesn t mention Socrates but I m he believes that the unexamined life is not worth living In Eat a Peach we read that his bipolarism difficult relationship with his father and close friendship with Anthony Bourdain who appeared to live with similar demons and ended his life by committing suicide seem to drive Chang to uestion his considerable. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflixs Ugly Deliciousan intimate account of the making of a chef the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failureDavid puts words to so many of the things we all feel sharing generously of his own journey so we can all benefit in the processChrissy TeigenIn 2004 Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny stark space in Manhattans East Village Its young chef owner David Chang worked the line serving ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups It would have been impossible to now it at the timeand certainly Chang would have bet against himselfbut he who had failed at almost every endeavor in his life was about to become one of the most influential chefs of his generation driven by the uestion What if the underground could become the mainstream Chang grew up the youngest son of a deeply religious Korean American family in Virginia Graduating college aimless and depressed he fled the States for Japan hoping to find some sense of belonging While teaching English in a backwater town he experienced the highs of his first full blown manic episode and began to think that the cooking and sharing of food could give him both purpose and agency in his life Full of grace candor grit and humor Eat a Peach chronicles Changs switchback path He lays bare his mistakes and wonders about his extraordinary luck as he recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession He wrestles with his lifelong feelings of otherness and inadeuacy explores the mental illness that almost illed him and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness Along the way Chang gives us a penetrating look at restaurant life in which he balances his deep love for the itchen with unflinching honesty about the industrys history of brutishness and its uncertain future. ,

This was the best autobiography I ve read "In The Past Two Years "the past two years to Michelle Obama s Becoming it is SO well written casual humorous self deprecating HONEST I could not put it down I was truly sad that it ended Whether you re a foodie chef or an average joe you will LOVE this book ORDER IT At first David Chang s self deprecating prose seemed like cliche humble bragging As he wrote of his life and his intertwining journeys with his restaurant empire mental wellness race and gender family et al the writing morphed into sincerity someone being
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in real Chapter 15 entitled 35 might be the best chapter ever written in a memoirYou don t need to be a foodie to read this Chang shares lessons on leadership management parenting and life in general through his own lens processed practiced and reflected upon Read this book A wonderful autobiography that you won t want to put down The style of the book is an easy read as if you are sitting down with David Chang learning who David Chang is his personal growth as well as the thinking behind his successful restaurants I first came to now about David Chan. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflixs Ugly Deliciousan intimate account of the making of a chef the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failureDavid puts words to so many of the things we all feel sharing generously of his own journey so we can all benefit in the processChrissy TeigenIn 2004 Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny stark space in Manhattans East Village Its young chef owner David Chang worked the line serving ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups It would have been impossible to now it at the timeand certainly Chang would have bet against himselfbut he who had failed at almost every endeavor in his life was about to become one of the most influential chefs of his generation driven by the uestion What if the underground could become the mainstream Chang grew up the youngest son of a deeply religious Korean American family in Virginia Graduating college aimless and depressed he fled the States for Japan hoping to find some sense of belonging While teaching English in a backwater town he experienced the highs of his first full blown manic episode and began to think that the cooking and sharing of food could give him both purpose and agency in his life Full of grace candor grit and humor Eat a Peach chronicles Changs switchback path He lays bare his mistakes and wonders about his extraordinary luck as he recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession He wrestles with his lifelong feelings of otherness and inadeuacy explores the mental illness that almost illed him and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness Along the way Chang gives us a penetrating look at restaurant life in which he balances his deep love for the Live Bait kitchen with unflinching honesty about the industrys history of brutishness and its uncertain future.