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Los Angeles: A patchwork megalopolis defined by its unlikely cultural collisions; the city that raised and shaped Roy Choi, the boundary-breaking chef who decided to leave behind fine dining to feed the city he loved—and, with the creation of the Korean taco, reinvented street food along the way.
Abounding with both the food and the stories that gave rise to Choi's inspired cooking, L.A. Son takes us through the neighborhoods and streets most tourists never see, from the hidden casinos where gamblers slurp fragrant bowls of pho to Downtown's Jewelry District, where a ten-year-old Choi wolfed down Jewish deli classics between diamond deliveries; from the kitchen of his parents' Korean restaurant and his mother's pungent kimchi to the boulevards of East L.A. and the best taquerias in the country, to, at last, the curbside view from one of his emblematic Kogi taco trucks, where people from all walks of life line up for a revolutionary meal.
Filled with over 85 inspired recipes that meld the overlapping traditions and flavors of L.A.—including Korean fried chicken, tempura potato pancakes, homemade chorizo, and Kimchi and Pork Belly Stuffed Pupusas—L.A. Son embodies the sense of invention, resourcefulness, and hybrid attitude of the city from which it takes its name, as it tells the transporting, unlikely story of how a Korean American kid went from lowriding in the streets of L.A. to becoming an acclaimed chef.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this as a cookbook with maybe some interesting blurbs about Roy Choi's life. As I started reading, it became a great story being interrupted by recipes as my interest in it increased. To their credit, they are great recipes. This could have been easily put out as two separate books; a biography and a cookbook. I recommend this to lovers of both.
"L.A. Son" is a fast, fun read about Roy Choi, the Korean-American chef who pulled himself off of the L.A. streets and into the modern birth of the food truck. As a Korean-American myself who has lived in Los Angeles, I found his story to be engaging. I especially loved the stories about his parents, as my parents shared many similar qualities. The book is also filled with tons of recipes, from more traditional Korean fare to food that's a hybrid of several cultures. It's definitely a culinary adventure, much like the actual food trucks in L.A. I highly recommend this book to all Asian Americans, as you will not only appreciate the recipes, but the stories about growing up in So. Cal. If you like this book, I highly recommend two other books by Asian Americans. Chef Eddie Huang's "Fresh Off The Boat" is a funny and perfect companion to "L.A. Son." However, Eddie is based in New York, not L.A. Physician Dr. Anthony Youn's "In Stitches" is probably my favorite recent Asian American memoir. It's a funny, heartwarming, and at-times heart-breaking tale of one man's journey to overcome the difficulties of traditional Korean American parents and find his way in the world. Very highly recommended.
Four stars for this interesting look at L.A. through the eyes of chef Roy Choi. Details could be better, but still a very interesting read.