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An Evening with Author Kwame Onwuachi

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Online Program

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Adult, Teens
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Program Description

Illinois Libraries Present an Evening with Author Kwame Onwuachi

Join a conversation with author and award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi. Onwuachi will discuss his new cookbook My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef.  

Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef and a former Top Chef contestant. He was named Food & Wine’s best new chef and Esquire’s chef of the year in 2019. He has opened several restaurants and was the executive chef at the acclaimed Kith/Kin in Washington, D.C.

Onwuachi’s new cookbook includes more than 125 recipes and celebrates the cuisine of the African diaspora as handed down through the author's own family history. Born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana, Onwuachi was first exposed to cooking by his mother in the family’s modest Bronx apartment.

Onwuachi will share stories behind his family’s recipes, and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture.

Registration is required and may be completed at  Contact the library at 309.590.6168 if you have questions.


This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration of public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.