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review 2017-12-18 20:43
Yes Chef!
Yes, Chef: A Memoir - Marcus Samuelsson,Veronica Chambers

I enjoyed this a lot. I think some readers got turned off by Chef Marcus Samuelsson because he makes a lot of personal choices they would not have. But I get it, I had a lot of hard choices to make while I pushed myself forward in my career. I didn't find him heartless, I felt empathy throughout this book. 

 

What's funny is that my parents would get it. A few days after my father died, my mother looked me in the face and said so you're going back to school (I was in my senior year of college). When my father passed away I graduated from grad school, I started my first federal job three weeks later. I didn't get a chance to mourn in probably the appropriate way according to other people, but I know my parents would have understood.

 

I loved reading this memoir that's shows Samuelsson from Sweden, to Austria, France, and the United States. We don't get recipes in this book, but you get a personal look at Chef Samuelsson's personal life and his views on food and other chefs. FYI Gordon Ramsey sounds like an ass. 

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text 2017-12-15 21:44
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Yes, Chef: A Memoir - Marcus Samuelsson,Veronica Chambers

I enjoyed this a lot. I think some readers got turned off by Chef Marcus Samuelsson because he makes a lot of personal choices they would not have. But I get it, I had a lot of hard choices to make while I pushed myself forward in my career. I didn't find him heartless, I felt empathy throughout this book. 

 

What's funny is that my parents would get it. A few days after my father died, my mother looked me in the face and said so you're going back to school (I was in my senior year of college). When my father passed away I graduated from grad school, I started my first federal job three weeks later. I didn't get a chance to mourn in probably the appropriate way according to other people, but I know my parents would have understood.

 

I loved reading this memoir that's shows Samuelsson from Sweden, to Austria, France, and the United States. We don't get recipes in this book, but you get a personal look at Chef Samuelsson's personal life and his views on food and other chefs. FYI Gordon Ramsey sounds like an ass. 

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text 2017-12-12 16:21
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Yes, Chef: A Memoir - Marcus Samuelsson,Veronica Chambers

So far really enjoying. Reading about Chef Marcus Samuelsson life growing up as an adopted boy from Ethiopia in Sweden. 

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review 2017-12-09 00:28
Great cookbook to learn more about Native American foods
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen - Se... The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen - Sean Sherman,Beth Dooley

Was very excited to see this book and the concept behind it. Author Sean Sherman gives us a cookbook that gives us recipes and foods of the indigenous people of the Dakota and Minnesota territories and without the ingredients that are European staples (wheat flour, refined sugar, beef, etc.). So there's no frybread here but there are definitely some mighty tempting recipes and great information to be had.

 

The cookbook is divided up into what food items you find where (fields vs. lakes vs sweets and what items are staples for the pantry). There are recipes that are broken up with pictures, tidbits of information about particular plants or other items and a little bit of a Sherman's backstory. The author also highlights other indigenous chefs at the end.

 

I really enjoyed this. I'm not much of a cook but I got what I wanted out of the book: to learn a bit more about the foods, meals and diet of the indigenous people (some of them) who lived on the land before it was the United States. I couldn't rate how good of a cookbook it is as a guide to cooking, but I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable trying these since I'm not sure about how to get some of the ingredients and as another review on Goodreads notes: it seems this geared towards intermediate cooks.

 

Of which I'd agree since I really only know enough to feed myself. I love lots of pictures and step-by-step hand-holding in cooking guides and so I wouldn't try most of these recipes. The book also doesn't easily open flat and given the quality of the book I'd say it's more of a reference than a cookbook you keep on hand in the kitchen surrounding by a mess. That's just me, though. Maybe more serious cooks are just fine with this format.

 

The book matched my expectations and I got what I wanted out of it. This was the perfect library borrow for me but it'd make a great gift for the right person.

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review 2017-10-20 15:53
Blink - Rick R. Reed

DNF @ 52%

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