Pimentel, Annette Bay. Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service. Rich Lo, Illus. Biography. Charlesbridge, 08/2016. 40pp. PLB $16.95. 978-1-58089-711-2. HIGH ADDITIONAL. GRADES 1-4.
In 1915, a group of nineteen influential men were invited on a camping trip through the Sierras. A Chinese American man, Tie Sing, the best trail cook around, was hired to provide elegant meals using supplies and equipment that he hauled through the mountains on mules. Through this entertaining and true story, the reader learns that despite mishaps such as runaway mules, Tie Sing’s hard work, ingenuity, dedication, and love for nature played an important role in fulfilling the ultimate mission of the trip: the creation of the National Park Service. Chinese American artist Rich Lo’s vibrant watercolor illustrations fill the scenery with light. Back matter includes photographs and more information about Tie Sing, the trip itself, and notable members of the trip. A solid bibliography and a map of the trail complete this little-known story from U.S. history.
Ann Hotta, Berkeley PL