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Yes, Chef: A Memoir - Marcus Samuelsson
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
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JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VOGUE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his... show more
JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VOGUE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times 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. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of chasing flavors 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 Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.Praise for Yes, Chef  “Such an interesting life, told with touching modesty and remarkable candor.”—Ruth Reichl   “Marcus Samuelsson has an incomparable story, a quiet bravery, and a lyrical and discreetly glittering style—in the kitchen and on the page. I liked this book so very, very much.”—Gabrielle Hamilton   “Plenty of celebrity chefs have a compelling story to tell, but none of them can top [this] one.”—The Wall Street Journal   “Elegantly written . . . Samuelsson has the flavors of many countries in his blood.”—The Boston Globe   “Red Rooster’s arrival in Harlem brought with it a chef who has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American. In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family, hope, and downright good food.”—President Bill Clinton
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385342612 (0385342616)
ASIN: 385342616
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 Yes Chef!
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 thi...
For the Love of Stories : the Rebooted Book Review Blog
For the Love of Stories : the Rebooted Book Review Blog 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...
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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