As a child and adult, Niki faced many naysayers in her pursuit of haute cuisine. Using the structure of a traditional kaiseki meal, the authors Debbi Michiko Florence and Jamie Michalak playfully detail Niki's hunger for success in thirteen "bites" ― from wonton wrappers she used to make pizza as a kid to yuzu-tomatillo sauce in her own upscale Los Angeles Michelin-starred restaurant, n/naka.
To anyone who tells her a woman can't be a master chef, Niki lets her food do the talking. And oh, does it talk. Niki was featured on the first season of Netflix's culinary documentary series Chef's Table. And Chrissy Teigen proclaimed that Niki's restaurant was one of her absolute favorites. She's currently a featured teacher on MasterClass. smart, strong woman with starpower, Niki is only just getting started ― like the young readers who will devour this book, featuring illustrations by Yuko Jones!
"Mixed media and digital art by Jones make each vignette atmospheric, with varying angles and insets, toothsome details, and watercolor washes. This biography aptly emphasizes the sexism that trailblazer Nakayama faces, both in the male-dominated restaurant industry at large and as 'perhaps the world’s only female kaiseki chef.' Back matter includes a timeline of Nakayama’s life, explanations of kuyashii and kaiseki, and a recipe for wonton pizzas." — Publishers Weekly
|5 - 9
|Debbi Michiko Florence, Jamie Michalak
|Sep 14, 2021
|Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)