Need a suggestion for your BIPOC Food Writing Book Bingo square? Expand your reading (and eating) palette with these tasty, filling and thoroughly engrossing memoirs and cookbooks!*
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Noted indie rock musician Zauner (Japanese Breakfast) has penned a heartfelt and captivating memoir about growing up Asian American in a predominantly white Pacific Northwest community and her complex relationship with her mother, with whom she shared a fierce love of Korean food. Zauner writes candidly about her mother’s early death from cancer, her attempts to care for her and her grief, weaving evocative descriptions of Korean dishes and cooking throughout. Currently available at most Library locations as a Peak Pick.
Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
Top Chef fans may remember Onwuachi from Season 13, when he wowed the judges with his pickled shrimp with cucumber onion salad, among other delectable dishes that drew on his Nigerian heritage. In this absorbing memoir, he recounts his journey from a rough childhood in the Bronx to working in three-star Michelin restaurants and finally opening his own highly anticipated restaurant before he turned 30.
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman
Chef Sherman (Oglala Sioux) grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and founded the Sioux Chef, a Minneapolis-based catering company dedicated to bringing Indigenous foodways to the mainstream. In this informative and beautifully illustrated cookbook, he shares his modern take on Native American cuisine, showcasing ingredients indigenous to North America such as bison, wild rice, and corn.
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson
Celebrated Black chef Samuelsson (host of the PBS series No Passport Required) has compiled a mouth-watering collection of recipes he created in order to showcase the deep and broad history of Black culinary traditions, and honor dozens of Black chefs, writers and activists who represent Black cooking today. Readers will find instructions for delicious dishes alongside profiles of these inspiring individuals.
Check out this list for even more suggestions for your BIPOC food writing square!
*Much of this blog post was previously published in a South Seattle Emerald article about Book Bingo. Check out the full piece here!
If you haven’t yet, you can download your Bingo card and find some of our curated lists and related articles at our Book Bingo page, and find our Spanish-language Bingo card and lists here! Still looking for ideas? Don’t forget you can ask for a personalized reading list from Your Next 5 Books! Book bingo is presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures.
~ Posted by Abby B.