Eat A Peach

Eat A Peach

A Memoir

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious gets uncomfortably real in his debut memoir"-- Provided by publisher.
In 2004, Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny space in Manhattan's East Village. Chang, the chef-owner, 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. He was about to become one of the most influential chefs of his generation, driven by the question, "What if the underground could become the mainstream?" Here 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 inadequacy, explores the mental illness that almost killed him, and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524759216 (hardcover)
152475921X (hardcover)
(ebook)
Branch Call Number: B CHANG
Characteristics: xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ulla, Gabe - Author

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This memoir is more than another tell-all about life in a commercial kitchen. David Chang shares both his professional experiences and his personal struggles with depression and mental illness. A personal look at chef as well as the man.

Best known for his Momofuku culinary brand and his Netflix show Ugly Delicious, Chang gives readers a candid and entertaining self-assessment of his life in the "foodie fast lane."


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Indoorcamping
Feb 20, 2021

Not a foodie chef-worship book, but rather a pull-yourself-up-from-your-bootstraps/living with mental health issues crazy kind of a journey. Brilliantly written, so detailed, so honest, so touching that you can’t help but love the author and worry way too much about whether he’ll succeed. If you google him, you see he’s succeeded beyond any chef’s dreams except maybe Bobby Flay and all the fancy white guys who also charge hundreds of dollars to sit in their facilities for hours and do the exact same thing you could do, and enjoy just as much, at McDonald’s.

I will never eat at any of his restaurants and I am disgusted by even the idea of changing hundreds of dollars for tiny, pretty plates of dust, specks and remnants of the idea of food. But who doesn’t love an amazing overcoming obstacles story? This is that and more. So gratifying, which is more than what is on his fancy plates.

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aparnamerson
Jan 07, 2021

Why isn’t this available in ebook?

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Mehling1
Dec 30, 2020

Excellent book. Along with JGV (Jean-George V.)

IndyPL_LeahK Dec 29, 2020

I was only vaguely aware of who David Chang was when I caught the tale end of his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. I am not a foodie, nor do I watch the vast array of popular food shows that have spawned the emergence of the "celebrity chef." That's why I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed Chang's memoir, "Eat a Peach," considering I did not know about his restaurants, cookbook, James Beard awards, magazine, podcast, Netflix shows, and large social Media following. If you are a Chang fan, or are interested in taking a deep dive into the culinary world, then yes, this memoir checks all the boxes including his list of "33 Rules for Becoming a Chef." Chang is an engaging writer being brutally honest about his failures, battles with mental health issues, workaholism, and what it takes to be successful. His lessons and advice go beyond the kitchen and can apply to anyone who is struggling to be a successful something. One of the best memoirs of 2020. Highly recommend.

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laphampeak
Nov 29, 2020

David Chang puts himself out there and as a result we get incredible insight into the progression of his life and career and the philosophy that sustains it. There's a bit of a "here today, gone tomorrow" attitude with a peppering of "give it your best". He writes, "Deliciousness is a meme. Its appeal is universal, and it will spread without consideration of borders or prejudice."

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midori_hon
Nov 17, 2020

eating at a david chang would be on my bucket list if i had one, now more than ever. there are no recipes, but this is engrossing reading related to chang's development as a restauranteur and his personal philosophy. he talks about his feeling of otherness growing up asian in a predominantly white world, and how mental illness may have been what ultimately led to his success.
eat a peach was fascinating and informative as well as mouthwatering.

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brangwinn
Sep 13, 2020

I admit it, I love chef memoirs, and I really enjoyed this one by David Chang. His story of his struggles with his Korean heritage, his parents and finding a decent job was told with humility. He is so honest with his discussion about his battle with bi-polar behaviors. It’s not a straightforward story. It is a story of hard-work and if you’ve read other celebrity chef memoirs, its unlike the others. I still wonder how he made it, but I loved that it became more like sitting with him and having him speak randomly about different things, like how he selected the music for his restaurants. As a teacher, I’d say he’s done a admirable job at self-assessment as a son and as a chef.

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