Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
Pre-COVID I was working on a program series at my library for middle school students who were coming up with their own food truck ideas. We were working on recipes, talking about production cost vs. retail cost, and preparing to sell goods at the community’s garage sale. The tweens had a great time creatively cooking and they loved the opportunity to make money. Post-COVID, I hope to offer something similar for a crafting business. However, I found out about this great resource of a book and I felt the need to share. Typically, I would rock a picture book for tweens, but it would pair well with a cooking/entreprenuership program.
Title: Chef Roy Choi & The Street Food Remix
Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee
Roy always felt out-of-place. He never looked like the kids around him and his cooking style was completely different. However, it was what made him different that allowed him to create success in his adulthood. Chef Roy preaches the gospel of sohn maash, or the flavors at our fingertips. Using his experience growing up in LA and Korea, Chef Roy blends flavors of different cultures in new ways that people love. He was especially conscience of the active communities around him and the outsiders within them. He creates food that appeal to teens, children, skateboarders, and outsiders of all flavors. Chef Roy is an inspiration to budding entrepreneurs.
While this book may be written for younger audiences, tweens can appreciate the inspiration found in this book. I would love to have students mimic the street art style of this book in the model food trucks of my program. This book makes a career as a business owner and chef accessible to all students and it would have been a perfect companion to my pre-COVID program.