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An Index of All the Crimes Mentioned in Roy Choi’s L.A. Son

All of this is behind him now.

All of this is behind him now.Photo: Bobby Fisher/Ecco Books

First, let's just get this out of the way: Roy Choi is a saint. This is the guy, after all, who admonished a crowd of Michelin-starred chefs at MAD3 with a bunch of open questions like, "Aren't we just feeding the people who can afford it?" The Kogi BBQ and Chego! chef's unlikely rise to food-world dominance via a menu of Korean tacos has been well covered, and now Choi himself gets down to business explaining the various missteps along his own course-corrected path in L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, which came out this week. Published by Anthony Bourdain's imprint at Ecco, the cookbook-memoir covers a lot of rocky territory: Before the food-truck tacos and Sriracha sauce, it turns out it was all "sawed-off shotguns, 9 mm Berettas, 357 revolvers, rifles, UZIs butterfly knives, numchucks, chains, bats, brass knuckles, police sticks, big hunting knives, little 22 pistols" for the chef. And then some. Here, for your convenience, are the criminal things Choi witnesses, describes, implies are taking place, or alludes to in his book's pages.

Assault, 94, 99, 181, 182

Credit Card Theft, 154

Criminal Street-Gang Activity, 95

Drinking in Public, 129

Driving Under the Influence, 107

Illegal Drug Use (Crack), 129, 130, 131

Illegal Drug Use (Ecstasy), 217

Illegal Drug Use (LSD), 57, 99

Illegal Drug Use (Marijuana), 85, 99, 99, 101, 124

Illegal Drug Use (Psilocybin), 99

Illegal Gambling, 143, 144, 146-149, 153

Homicide, 157

Jaywalking, 52

Petty Larceny, 99, 103

Possession of Drugs With Intent to Sell, 96

Prostitution, 101

Robbery, 99, 120, 153-154

Shoplifting ("candy, chips, beef jerky",) 16

Underage Drinking, 95, 101

Weapons Possession ("sawed-off shotguns, 9 mm Berettas, 357 revolvers, rifles, UZIs butterfly knives, numchucks, chains, bats, brass knuckles, police sticks, big hunting knives, little 22 pistols"), 99

For anyone who hasn't bought a copy — and you really should — Diesel Bookstore is offering signed copies via mail order.

Earlier: Read an Unpublished Chapter From Roy Choi’s New Memoir

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