Food & dining

Kogi BBQ’s Roy Choi digests his life in memoir

Roy Choi in one of the LA neighborhoods he loves.
Roy Choi in one of the LA neighborhoods he loves.

In his new memoir cookbook, “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food,” Roy Choi, 43, explores his unique culinary journey from working odd jobs at his family’s Orange County restaurant starting when he was 8, to Culinary Institute of America standout, to food truck trendsetter with his now-famous Korean tacos at Kogi BBQ in 2008. Named its Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2010, Choi pays homage to Los Angeles’s influence on his vision with its myriad of cultures and flavors — including everything from Korean fried chicken and carne asada to such late-night pleasures as chili spaghetti and a Spam-laced banh mi. “L.A. Son” is the second title from Anthony Bourdain’s Ecco book imprint, which recently released Daniel Vaughn’s “The Prophets of Smoked Meat,” the debut from Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor. Choi is the co-owner and chef of LA brick and mortar restaurants Chego!, A-Frame, Sunny Spot, and POT. On Nov. 8, Roy Choi will be at Northeastern University/Xhibition Kitchen at noon, 106 Saint Stephen St., Boston, 617-373-2472 (free admission); and at Boston University at 6 p.m., 808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-9852 ($60 includes a book).