Illinois Libraries Present: An Evening with Chef Kwame Onwuachi

Join us for an engaging evening with chef Kwame Onwuachi. His first cookbook, My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef celebrates the cuisine of the African diaspora, “the world’s wisest food.” He'll share the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

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Featuring more than 125 recipes, My America is a celebration of the food of the African Diaspora, as handed down through Onwuachi’s own family history, spanning Nigeria to the Caribbean, the South to the Bronx, and beyond. From Nigerian Jollof, Puerto Rican Red Bean Sofrito, and Trinidadian Channa (Chickpea) Curry to Jambalaya, Baby Back Ribs, and Red Velvet Cake, these are global home recipes that represent the best of the patchwork that is American cuisine.

Interwoven throughout the book are stories of Onwuachi’s travels, illuminating the connections between food and place, and food and culture. The result is a deeply personal tribute to the food of "a land that belongs to you and yours and to me and mine."

 

Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef who was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. Onwuachi was first exposed to cooking by his mother, in the family’s modest Bronx apartment, and he took that spark of passion and turned it into a career. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. A former "Top Chef" contestant, he has been named "Food & Wine's" Best New Chef 2019 and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both "Zagat" and "Forbes." Onwuachi’s 2019 memoir, Notes from a Young Black Chef received critical acclaim.

 


This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Online event
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My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525659600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 17th, 2022