My First Illustrated Picture Book!

Written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, Published by Readers to Eaters

Age Range: 6-12 years
 ISBN 978-0983661597

Chef Roy Choi calls himself a “street cook.”
He wants outsiders, low-riders,
kids, teens, shufflers and skateboarders,
to have food cooked with care, with love,
with sohn maash.

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One








Robert F. Sibert Award Honor for Most Distinguished Informational Book 2018
Notable Children's Book, American Library Association
• Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
• Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, 2018-2019
Orbis Pictus Award Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
• "CCBC Choices" Cooperative Children's Book Center

• Junior Library Guild Selection
• “Starred” review, Publishers Weekly
• “Starred” review, School Library Journal


"Man One’s graffiti art illustrations turn this biography into a love song to Los Angeles’s diverse fusion of cultures and the ways in which street art and street food are blurring boundaries: true remixes. Chef Roy and Man One are both creating decidedly Los Angeles-based art. Their passionate remixes celebrate diversity, cultural uniqueness, and the vibrant beauty of urban living."
—The Classroom Bookshelf

*Starred Review* Spicy, sweet, colorful, tangy—all the words that authors Martin and Lee use to describe Roy Choi’s Korean Mexican cuisine apply just as accurately to the book they’ve created along with L.A. street artist Man One… Choi’s dedication to bringing wholesome, flavorful fast food to low-income neighborhoods is reflected in every word and stroke of this colorful book… If you’re not hungry already, this savory array of sizzling words and art will make your mouth water. This excellent picture book biography about an inventive chef doing good belongs on all shelves.”

—School Library Journal

*Starred Review*  “In clipped verse that draws on the rhythms of hip hop, the authors follow Choi from the launch of his Kogi food trucks to his efforts to “’feed good food, create worthy jobs, and bring smiles’ to ‘hungry’ parts of the city. Man One’s layered, graffiti-style artwork mimics the narrative’s energy and Choi’s commitment to ‘cooking for everyone.’” 

—Publishers Weekly

Readers meet this renowned chef in a fresh fusion of culture, food and art. Authors Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee remix authentic language and engaging text with eye-poping graffiti art by Man One. In this culinary celebration, cooking with love becomes food for the soul.”

—Orbis Pictus Award Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, National Council of Teachers of English

"Two words: ramen endpapers. I’m a particular fan of any book that shows someone pursuing one line of work then leaving it to discover their true calling. Oh. And the book has a fascinating subject with killer art. That doesn’t hurt either."

Fuse #8 Production blog, School Library Journal 

“The third installment in the Food Heroes series presents Roy Choi and the Los Angeles street-food scene. Breezy text and lively illustrations invite young readers and cooks into the world of the food revolution happening across the country… Man One's graffiti-art style is the perfect complement to Choi's cooking and the lively LA street scene… A vibrant, life-affirming tribute to a chef and his city.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Man One’s graffiti-like artwork, filled with stylized figures, neon colors, and paint splatters, emphasizes Choi’s urban origins as well as the dynamic, multicultural environment that inspired his particular brand of fusion. With an energetic message of thinking outside the box, this lively picture-book biography will give kids plenty to savor.”


“Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix is like a short-rib taco served straight from the truck--inspired, unexpected, and just so good. Roy is a reflection of his city--its creativity, its diversity, its possibility.”

—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

“Bursting with flavor and color, this book is a FEAST!”

—Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal winner, first-generation Korean-American

"Every time I re-read this book, it makes me happier… One of the main ingredients for this LA-connected book is street art turned into book art by Man One. Don’t miss the authors’ and illustrator’s notes in this book. They will have your students wanting to know more about these talented book creators… This is a book filled with so much respect for readers, eaters, and kids with aspirations… it’s completely satisfying."

"Bold graffiti and staccato writing are just right for this Korean American foodie, proponent of fusion and inclusion.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

"Zippy illustrations by graffiti artist Man One echo the energy and vibrancy of Roy’s approach to food, and this book’s inclusion of “recipes” are really more like invitations to experiment and create concoctions that are uniquely your own."
Coast Weekend

“Killer art accompanies the true to life picture book biography of Roy Choi, the man who brought high end cuisine and street food together so that everybody could have an equal chance to eat. Special Bonus: Ramen endpapers.”

—Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List