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Eat a Peach

Discover the story behind the founder of Momofuku, David Chang

David Chang’s road to success has been long and winding, full of pot-holes, and a journey during which, at times, he felt completely lost. That's why his story, told in Eat a Peach: A Memoir, is a story really worth reading, as it teaches you how to make your work an opportunity for growth and a source of joy, rather than the cause of stress and dissatisfaction.

Eat a Peach
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David Chang comes from a traditional Asian family, and everything that comes with it

David Chang's father was the stereotypical Korean man who distanced himself from everything that America stood for. Throughout his childhood, David was denied access to the world, as his father deemed it too far removed from Asian communities. He was a tiger parent, who forced a young David, around the age of six, to stop being ambidextrous - one of the few natural abilities that his son possessed and of which he was proud: from that moment on he would stop using his left hand. The cost of questioning his authority came at too high a price. When a year later David had an accident while playing with his brother, before giving in to his cries and taking him for an X-ray, his father forced him to go to acupuncture sessions and - most importantly - to walk despite his fractured knee, determined to make him realise that the pain was all in his head.

His family dynamic, however, also had its positives: since his parents were always working, David spent his childhood with his maternal grandparents, who were kind and adoring in an almost comical way.


The key ideas of "Eat a Peach"

David Chang comes from a traditional Asian family, and everything that comes with it
Family ties led to his connection with cooking: a common occurrence, whereby parental relationships and dynamics spark personal passions
Theology, philosophy, even a dabble in the world of finance. Then, finally, the discovery of the world of catering
The first time in the kitchen teaches David that he still has a long road ahead of him before becoming a chef, but the real lesson is: do not give up
David's first depressive breakdown brutally devastates him. Unable to see any other way out, he embarks on a flight to Japan
Coming face to face with his desire to die, David manages to take the right step: seek the help of a specialist
David begins to savour success and discovers that his weakness can be transformed into a strength which he can also pass on to others
Success has many side effects, most notably it awakens the fear of falling short. Paranoia makes a comeback as an enemy that must be defeated
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