Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service
Author: Annette Bay Pimentel
Illustrator: Rich Lo
Pub Date: August 2, 2016
Tie Sing was born in the mountains. But because he was of Chinese descent at a time in America when to be Chinese meant working in restaurants or laundries, Tie Sing’s prospects were limited. But he had bigger plans. He began cooking for mapmakers and soon built a reputation as the best trail cook in California.
When millionaire Stephen Mather began his quest to create a national park service in 1915, Tie Sing was hired to cook. But when disaster struck—twice!—and Tie Sing’s supplies were lost, it was his creative spirit and quick mind that saved the day. On the last night, he fed not just the campers' bodies, but also their minds, reminding them to remember and protect the mountains.