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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  15,275 ratings  ·  1,728 reviews
In 2004, David Chang opened a noodle restaurant named Momofuku in Manhattan's East Village, not expecting the business to survive its first year. In 2018, he was the owner and chef of his own restaurant empire, with 15 locations from New York to Australia, the star of his own hit Netflix show and podcast, was named one of the most influential people of the 21st century and ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Clarkson Potter Publishers
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Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire Chang’s passion for cooking and can relate to his workaholic tendencies as a way to find meaning in his life. As someone with zero knowledge of the restaurant industry and chef celebrity culture, I was surprisingly interested in what he revealed about the field, the difficulties that come with it, and even the politics and drama. I liked seeing the underdog narrative and how he really had to grind to get to where he is today - this makes me want to read a fictional chef drama now to con ...more
Emily May
The mental and physical toll of working in restaurants is corrosive. It will take generations to undo the harm and build an industry that is equitable for people of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities, and beliefs. We need to be responsible for one another.

This was a very interesting book. I'm not someone who usually cares to read chef memoirs and I don't think of myself as particularly interested in the restaurant business, but the author opens his heart in Eat a Peach and tackles
Jeffrey Keeten
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
”For all my bluster, I was scared shitless. Writing about the facts of my life here, it seems like a logical progression, This happened and then that happened and I slowly learned this and by the time this moment came I was ready. But in between every triumph or epiphany I’ve described in this book, there were five hundred moments of doubt. There were embarrassments and mistakes, people I pissed off or disappointed, chances I squandered. There were dishes that sucked and services that made me wa ...more
Miranda Reads
3.5 stars

You never know who's going to hold the keys to the castle.
David Chang burst out onto the culinary scene with Momofuku - a noodle restaurant located in Manhattan.

And after a decade and a half of grueling work, it's safe to say that he's "made" it. He owns 15 restaurants, has graced the television over and over, has his own podcast and has 1.2 million followers.

But how?
But for years, my best coping strategy has been work.
Eat a Peach is Chang's memoir - from his childhood balancin
Elyse  Walters
SPOILERS ... inside ..... but will only make sense to the people who have read this book—( or know David Chang’s history)

so none of my spoilers should take anything away from the book who have not read it
who also want to read this review.

Here goes ( written from under my covers - barely waking)

... I have the physical book too ..... with the stunning eye catching -
“Restaurants saved my life, but they’ve also hurt and betrayed many of my peers. I believe our industry can still be a place of healing—a refuge where people nurture one another physically and spiritually—but only if we make it so.”

Here’s a confession or two. First of all, I absolutely love to dine out. Besides reading, exploring different cuisines and searching for new restaurants to patronize is one of my favorite pastimes. This is one reason I so desire to seek haven in an urban locale versus
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since "Eat a Peach" is a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for Best Food/Cookbook, I decided to give it a go.

But you know what? Once again GR has missed the mark by not putting this in the Memoir category. This is definitely not a cookbook - not a recipe in sight. Sure, a peach is a food and David Chang cooks food, but as it says right on the cover and he emphasizes repeatedly throughout... it's a MEMOIR. A dang good one at that!

I went into this not knowing anything about David Chang. I *think* I
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
[2.75] I avoid celebrity memoirs and was surprised to discover after starting Eat a Peach, that Chang is a big star. When I googled him there were 264 million results - that's a lot of fans! So it makes sense that when his agent asked for a memoir, he knocked this one out with his ghostwriter.

The good part of this book is the behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens and at starting and running a restaurant. Chang is obviously a talented and creative individual. Anyone who wants to be a che
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t very familiar with David Chang before hearing about the release of Eat a Peach a few months ago. I listened to this audiobook, narrated by David himself and thought his story was interesting.

Chang grew up in Virginia and is the son of Korean immigrants. In this memoir, he discusses feelings of isolation, depression, pushing others away, dealing with criticism, how he grew his career as a chef, and eventually, founded his restaurants. He details many of the lessons he learned along the
4.5 stars

Let me start off this review with a full disclosure: prior to deciding to read this book, I had never heard of David Chang or Momofuku. I know it’s probably hard to believe, especially since there is a Momofuku restaurant in Los Angeles (though to my defense, it’s in the downtown area, which is far from where I actually live) and from what I understand (after the fact, of course), Chang is “prolific” enough to have his own Netflix show, podcast, as well a bestselling cookbook (which me
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I devoured this memoir by Chef David Chang. I have enough of a background in the culinary world to know how hard it is, how few people succeed, how easy it is to completely burn out. It can be such hard work when you're only responsible for yourself; taking on the risks of managing and opening a restaurant are unfathomable to me.

Every once in a while you find someone who despite those same struggles pulls off something amazing and changes the landscape forever, and that is this story. Even if yo
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Okay, maybe the pandemic is doing me in and a new Charles is emerging or something, but I can’t see myself giving this memoir fewer than five stars. Memoirs are not especially my thing, so these are kind of intimate stars, arbitrary ones from bottom to top even more than usual, with my heart beating fast and a big grin on my face. Eat a Peach hit bullseye, just like that. No transcendence, no elevated affairs, no airs. Just one fun ride across progressive kitchens around the world and their faun ...more
Woman Reading
3.5 ☆
work is the last socially acceptable addiction

Prior to picking up Eat a Peach, I knew little about its author aside from the fact that Chang had a successful NYC restaurant that had been called out by Anthony Bourdain. Others may know him from his food- themed travel show.
...when it was more theory than restaurant, Momofuku was about carving out some form of identity for myself.
Work made me a different person. Work saved my life.

Recovering alcoholics talk about needing to hit roc
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic memoir that is primarily about the creative spirit. David Chang is definitely an artist. I did not know much about him personally when I picked up this book, but I knew about and had been to his restaurant sensation Momofuku and was interested to learn about the man behind it. I got much more than I expected in this memoir which is honest and real and insightful into the human condition as well as food.

Just as the chef is known for his innovative and creative approaches towar
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is in the vein of ‘everyone feels they have to write a book’. It also reads rather impersonally and makes David Chang seem like a jerk. I think it’s written to temper his image of being a jerk however it doesn’t really achieve that aim. He refers to his staff almost like property and has a superior tone throughout the book. It was interesting to read some of the stories about the restaurant but I don’t think the book had to be written. The writing was dull and I think mostly written by ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, arc
David Chang is the uber-successful head chef of many restaurants, including Momofuku, Ko, and Milk Bar. You’ve probably seen him on Netflix’s Ugly Delicious and Bravo’s Top Chef. Honestly, he’s everywhere—opening a restaurant or publishing a new cookbook like every other year. He’s a machine.

I was so excited to read his memoir, Eat a Peach. He strikes me as an intense, quiet, and interesting guy, so I was curious to know more of his story. This book isn’t what I expected it to be. In fact, it to
Kasa Cotugno
In his own voice, David Chang presents his candid memoir, warts and all. Although he seems to be able to meet new challenges and do well, he has struggled with extreme self doubt all his life, experiencing racism from a very young age. Also, although he came from a loving home, his father's strictness resulted in some very questionable choices which have haunted Chang to this day. But he is talented, meeting challenges and turning away from accomplishments such as excelling at golf at a young ag ...more
First half 4 ⭐
Second half 2 ⭐

Eat a Peach is much more than just a memoir about food and celebrity chef David Chang. This is Chang's intimate account on mental health, drugs, suicide, family and many social issues. Anthony Bourdain. Covid- 19.
I didn't expect the book to take on such serious topics. Rather a little tedious and depressing in the second half.
Traci at The Stacks
This is a really good celeb memoir and an excellent chef memoir. Chang does a good job with talking food insight and giving us a glimpse at his approach and thinking. He calls out his own short comings on #metoo and talks about racism in food. Overall very good. He does shy away from getting too deep on some topics though.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I didn’t realise how much David Chang’s experiences with depression formulated and fueled his many successes in the culinary world. It seemed in order to channel his dark thoughts he threw everything and anything into creating a new concept restaurant experimenting with fusion before it was a culturally popular thing. I guess his thinking was he had literally nothing to lose, if death isn’t the worst thing then failure isn’t going to deter him either.

This book offers a reflection on his rise an
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David Chang Fans, Cooking/Food, Autobiography
4 Revealing Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free- A Quick Review
If you have any interest in food, then you know of David Chang. His impact on the industry is huge. He has given many of the Named Chefs or Food People their start. His story is not the one line of this happened and then the success. It is layered and revealing to someone so talented has had a hard journey and is still dealing with his concerns.

I am sincerely pleased to have read this, seen what Chang has experienced, and appreciated all he h
Matthew Quann
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I'm a massive fan of high-quality food TV. Chef's Table? Can't get enough of it. But my first introduction to David Chang came from PBS's Mind of a Chef series and I was pretty instantaneously taken with the prickly chef. For those not in the know, Chang is a James Beard Award-winning chef who straddles the line between avant-garde modernist cooking and punk cooking icon. He's famously outspoken, opinionated, and capable of crafting some dishes that look extremely tasty without being too stuffy. ...more
Stewart Tame
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Chang’s name wasn't immediately familiar to me, but I’ve read enough chef memoirs and watched enough Food Network to recognize his flagship restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar. David Chang is a chef, with multiple successful restaurants to his name. Eat A Peach tells the story of how he did it. Not that he necessarily gives away any closely guarded secrets, mind you. Yes, hard work and determination were factors, but Chang readily ad
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arcs
Today is Pub Day: Sept. 8, 2020
This is not your typical chef memoir. Read this!

David Chang is a complex individual as well as multitalented. He probably has as many enemies as he does friends, which is not intentional; it is a byproduct of his brain. While a part of him is creative, visionary, almost ‘out-of-the-box; no, out-of-the-universe, creative; another part of him boils, simmers, like a volcano at 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, raging and fighting against itself. The only way he can get the
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Review copy, courtesy of my very dope job)
It's unclear why, but I was expecting this to be more amusing, and honestly, more anecdotal. It felt more like a screed on how success is complicated. Which...ok?
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up.
David Chang does not hold back in Eat A Peach. He speaks about his mental health and restaurant struggles. I really appreciated his candor. Not many chefs or people in general will speak so publicly about their mental health.

David also speaks about the trouble in the restaurant industry. The troubles of keeping his restaurants open.

I loved this book. I was a fan of David Chang before I read the book and I am an even bigger fan of his now.

I appreciate that David doesn't hold back and that I am
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie, memoirs
The Bourdain portions slayed me. Couldn’t keep it together...

Also, his upbringing and his father’s rigidity (poor femur)... in fact, the rigidity because of the Christian household. I, though not Korean, became a Christian through a Korean church in my hometown. I completely get how churches can be so legalistic and devoid of love (thinking of the Puritans in Hawthorne’s SLetter).

Highlights of the book: the awesome friends/chef he has, having gotten to sit next to Dr Farmer’s other half Partners
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in food
Visualize that yin/yang symbol ( the taegeuk) on the South Korean flag. Now visualize it as a three-dimensional form that breathes. Replacing that signifier of harmony is an explosive battle of competing tensions. That is how I imagine the mind of David Chang.

Tension permeated his childhood. He was embarrassed by the smells of Korean cookery in his house and gravitated to snacks like chicken fingers and mozarella sticks. His assessment of his demanding father is pointed: “Dad was the archetype
Garret Macko
In my review of Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, I wrote this:

With the exception of holidays and the occasional "free food" functions, I have eaten the same meals every day for the past year. I buy my groceries at Walmart, I microwave most of my food, and I drown my eggs in hot sauce. I'm a cheap American college student, what else would you expect?

These remarks are notable for two reasons:

First and foremost, my talk of being unashamedly a ‘basic bit
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