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Yes, Chef: A Memoir - Marcus Samuelsson
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
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It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned... show more
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations.      Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.   Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of  “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.   With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385342605 (0385342608)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 319
Edition language: English
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Reading for Sanity
Reading for Sanity rated it
3.5 Yes, Chef
Yes Chef Marcus Samuelsson, 2012 Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson tells about how he went from being an Ethiopian orphan raised by adoptive parents in Sweden to a opening his own restaurant in New York. I enjoy reading books about the food world. As someone who is only a so-so cook hers...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
2.5 Bleh, Chef
Yes, Chef had the potential to be good, but it desperately needed a better editor. There were sections of this book that seemed out of place, and the way that some of these stories were written came a cross as self serving and egocentric. Which while this is a memoir and kinda what memoirs are they...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
4.0 Yes, Chef: A Memoir
A fascinating story of a young Ethiopian boy and his sister who get adopted by a Swedish couple and his rise to become a renowned chef. I had this on my "to read" list for a while, and I am glad to say the wait for the book to come out in paperback was definitely worth it.The book tells of his life,...
Aren's Library
Aren's Library rated it
5.0 Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Fascinating read and wonderful at learning about his life.
inconceivably
inconceivably rated it
4.0 Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Of course, far and away the star of his book is food. The dishes, spices and temperaments of the chefs he works for all change as he moves from place to place. There is such emotion and excitement visible in his descriptions of what he learns in each country he visits. If you don’t think you want to...
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