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Mountain Chef by Annette Bay Pimentel
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How wonderful that Annette Pimentel and Rich Lo researched, wrote and illustrated this story of a long ago American who cooked for a crew led by Stephen Mather to entice some influential men to fight for a national park system. It is amazing that this one man with an assistant created meals like steak, Lyonnaise potatoes and apple pie on white china sitting on a linen tablecloth, eggs and sourdough rolls for breakfast, and more. By the time Tie Sing, known for his scrumptious camp cooking, and his assistant cleaned up for the trail, and caught up with the group, it was time to start prep again for supper. There were mishaps, lost mules (and goods!), but Tie Sing always seemed to be able to adjust and create a wonder of a meal. The text is a poetic story, enjoyable to read: "They watched the edge of the sky turn rosy while they cracked dozens of eggs. . . He served breakfast as a yellow edge of sun peeked above the horizon." And the back matter tells more about this man through research. Through hard times for Chinese in the U.S., Tie Sing had few rights, but Annette did determine that finally he was recognized as a citizen, born in the U.S. sometime before 1900. The illustrations appear to be black-outlined watercolor, showing well the people and the beautiful forest scenes along with the challenges faced carrying the supplies needed to feed a group in the wilderness. I enjoyed the book very much.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
August 29, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 31, 2016 – Shelved
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: early-readers-2016
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: middle-grade-2016
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: multi-cultural-2016
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: non-fiction2016
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: picture-books-2016
August 31, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016

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