Mountain Chef, How One Man Lost his Groceries, Changed his Plans, and Helped Cook up the National Park Service
by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Rich Lo
Mountain Chef tells of Tie Sing’s trials and tribulations to prepare gourmet meals for first trip of visionaries taken to Yosemite in the effort to form a national park service. The time was 1915 when all food and people were carried in on mules and horseback. The parks were undeveloped and the terrain was rough. For the chef, it was one of those trips where everything that could go wrong did, and how he creatively solved each challenge and kept the bellies of the visionaries happy.
Tie Sings accomplishments were significant in an era where Chinese-American discrimination flourished. A mountain peak named after him honors his consistent contributions towards forming a national park service.
Illustrator Rich Lo’s pencil drawings and watercolors splash Yosemite to life and invite readers to savor each page. The artwork itself is well-worth discovering. The book’s beauty wrapping the historical story of one person’s dream in an area of discrimination makes for a fascinating, inspiring read.
Following a well-told story are photos from the trip and background on the National Park Service.
In an era where Chinese-American discrimination flourished, Mountain Chef features Tie Sing who kept the bellies of the visionaries happy on this first critical trip to Yosemite.