The Reading for Change Book Circle highlights the story of Kwame Onwuachi’s love of food and cooking and how it put him on the the road to success. However, he found many obstacles. As a young black chef, he was forced to come to terms with just how unwelcoming the fine dining industry can be for people of color. Consequently his first restaurant, which he had planned for years, closed months after opening.

The book chronicles how he was sent to Nigeria by his mother to “learn respect.” However, upon returning to America, the lessons he learned were not enough to keep him from the temptation of easy money on the streets. However through food, he broke away from that life and embarked on a new path starting at the bottom of the culinary chain eventually training in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country.

Book Circle Convening Team