Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites
By Debbi Michiko Florence, Jamie Michalak, Yuko Jones
2021 • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Won at auction, this picture book biography tells the story of Niki Nakayama, a powerhouse female Japanese-American chef, and her rise to fame.
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 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 is one of her absolute favorites.
A smart, strong woman with starpower, Niki is only just getting started -- like the young readers who will devour this book!
Tags: AAPI & diaspora authors, Books, children's, individual chef