Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

MARTIN, Jacqueline & . 1 CD w tr book. 14 min. Live Oak Media. Jun. 2018. ISBN 9781430131007. $31.95.
K-Gr 3—Martin teams up with coauthor Lee and graffiti artist Man One to share Roy Choi's journey. Choi learned about cooking from his parents, restaurateurs in Los Angeles. Calling his parents' restaurant the "best good place," Choi loved making food alongside them—and especially loved eating it surrounded by friends and family. He eventually attended cooking school and became a sought-after chef. But the kitchen grind wore him down, and he left it all behind to instead serve kogi (Korean short rib) tacos out of a food truck in L.A. With the success of his food truck, Choi opened a series of cafes in low-income neighborhoods to "feed good food, create worthy jobs, and bring smiles." The bulk of the text is engagingly read by the illustrator Man One. It's a refreshing change of pace for the illustrator to narrate, and in this case, it's a natural choice because of his closeness to the subject as well as his background as a commercial and movie actor. Informative, interesting, and lengthy authors' and illustrator's notes are read on a separate track by the authors and illustrator.
VERDICT This unconventional picture book biography with a talented cast of creators is an appealing audio offering.

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