Eat a Peach

Eat a Peach

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 had a following of over 1.2 million. In this inspiring, honest and heartfelt memoir, Chang shares the extraordinary story of his culinary coming-of-age.

Growing up in Virginia, the son of Korean immigrant parents, Chang struggled with feelings of abandonment, isolation and loneliness throughout his childhood. After failing to find a job after graduating, he convinced his father to loan him money to open a restaurant. Momofuku's unpretentious air and great-tasting simple staples - ramen bowls and pork buns - earned it rave reviews, culinary awards and before long, Chang had a cult following.

Momofuku's popularity continued to grow with Chang opening new locations across the U.S. and beyond. In 2009, his Ko restaurant received two Michelin stars and Chang went on to open Milk Bar, Momofuku's bakery. By 2012, he had become a restaurant mogul with the opening of the Momofuku building in Toronto, encompassing three restaurants and a bar.

Chang's love of food and cooking remained a constant in his life, despite the adversities he had to overcome. Over the course of his career, the chef struggled with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. He shied away from praise and begged not to be given awards. In Eat a Peach, Chang opens up about his feelings of paranoia, self-confidence and pulls back the curtain on his struggles, failures and learned lessons. Deeply personal, honest and humble, Chang's story is one of passion and tenacity, against the odds.

Title:Eat a Peach
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524759216
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    Eat a Peach Reviews

  • 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,...

  • Cindy

    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 cu...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”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 ti...

  • Elyse  Walters

    SPOILERS ... inside ..... but will only make sense to the people who have read this book—( or know David Chang’s history) ONLY GIVING MY OPINION- FEELINGS - and THOUGHTS.....so none of my spoilers...

  • Regina

    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 categ...

  • Brandice

    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 interestin...

  • Bkwmlee

    4.5 starsLet 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 s...

  • 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 ha...

  • Miranda Reads

    Just published my November Reading Vlog! The Written Review 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 no...

  • Charles

    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...