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Yes Chef 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

  • Title: Yes, Chef
  • Author: Marcus Samuelsson
  • ISBN: 9780385342612
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • Yes, Chef By Marcus Samuelsson, 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 isJAMES 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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    1. Update May 2013 this book has been awarded the James Beard Foundation s Book Award in the Writing and Literature categoryThis was a seriously good book Before I received it I didn t know a lot about Marcus Samuelsson I haven t watched any of the seasons of Top Chef Masters, and I missed season 7 of the regular Top Chef which is when he appeared as a judge , so my awareness of him as a chef has been name recognition only I m very glad that has changed with reading this memoir Immediately upon fin [...]

    2. Is it bad that I m waiting with baited breath for Marcus Samuelsson to fly just a little too close to the sun You can bet I ll be there to kick him when he comes crashing down You see, this is not a memoir It s the story of one man s unwavering ambition, and the book itself is just a cog in the massive Marcus Samuelsson self promotion machine, a small workhorse that gives a little publicity to the guy who has four restaurants, catered for the Obamas at the White House, and got himself gigs on t [...]

    3. I feel a bit conflicted in reviewing this memoir As an aspiring foodie in the unpretentious sense of the word, hopefully , it was interesting to read about an Ethiopian born, Swedish adopted chef who first learned to cook in his adopted grandmother s Scandinavian kitchen and refined his skills through both short and extended cooking gigs around the world In New York City where he chose to settle , his newest restaurant, Red Rooster, is located in Harlem, and he references some of his favorite fo [...]

    4. I first met Samuelsson when he competed on Season Two of Top Chef Masters I enjoyed his quiet confidence, his collegial attitude, and his global palate His memoir provides a lot of great detail about his journey from his grandmother s kitchen to his hosting a White House dinner and then running a Pan African restaurant in Harlem with some Swedish dishes and soul food dishes on the menu, reflecting the culture of his adopted parents and his restaurant s historic neighborhood He shows how he s bee [...]

    5. I only really knew Marcus Samuelsson from shows like Top Chef Masters, and vague references to a chef who was combining Swedish and African flavors in his cooking back when I was thinking about working towards being a chef myself I didn t know much about him, but was interested in hearing his story.I have to admit to being impressed Marcus has always been incredibly driven As a child, it was to be a soccer player, and when it turned out that he wasn t going to be big enough to cut it, he turned [...]

    6. This book is pretty interesting, and the author has had an interesting and exciting life, but it s making me think that he is kind of a pompous ass I especially have a problem with the way he is portraying his relationship with his daughter I guess he is being honest, but it s still annoying He says that when his daughter asked him if he didn t want her, he told her that he did want her, but then earlier in the book when he finds out his one night stand is pregnant, he definitely states that he [...]

    7. I have a theory about why Marcus s Daughter, Zoe, wasn t thanked in the acknowledgements, when he thanks just about everyone, including the whole of Harlem view spoiler What if Zoe was a pseudonym to partly protect her identity He thanks For the leading ladies of my life Anna, Vanessa, and Linda This is the only place where the name Vanessa appears, right in the middle of his sisters Maybe that s her hide spoiler When I was in college in nineteen cough , guys liked to take girls on dates to the [...]

    8. Marcus Samuelsson is a genius in the kitchen, but his real skill is in maneuvering Yes, Chef is an intriguing little look at ambition, how to climb to the top of your field and make the most of your friends and family He s a take no prisoners kind of guy, adept at using people and then losing them When he realizes his girlfriend is of a hindrance than a help in his goal to reach the pinnacle of chefdon, he dumps herbut continues to sleep with her and accept free vacations from her parents When [...]

    9. I wish this was my story loved the way it blends culture and life via food The medium is super lucid but not extravagant the charm of learning to cook from your grandmother is immaculate above all, the essence of cooking is to learn to taste.ry very good read

    10. 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 fat [...]

    11. I received this chef memoir in a food themed Book Riot box, along with an apron, a dishtowel, a charming bookmark, and other goodies It hadn t been on my radar previously, but I ended up really enjoying this account of a chef who worked his butt off through years of feeling like an outsider, and who established an identity for himself as someone who was skilled at creating and melding flavors that transcended cultural boundaries Steph Auteri from The Best Books We Read In July 2016 bookriot 2016 [...]

    12. I can t rate this book as I chose not to finish it unusual for me After reading the first third of the book, I was so bored that I couldn t continue or justify the 13,99 kindle price I returned it and am relieved not to continue Marcus journey from one kitchen and locale to the next I know it s a tough life in the top kitchens and that it s a struggle to get there I just could not find the compelling narrative.

    13. The professional kitchen world is a brutal environment in which to make a living Those that survive and thrive in that world are a very special breed a subculture to themselves with their own set of rules all seem to understand without being talked about This chef s memoir is unlike any other I have read It is than just a peek behind the swinging kitchen door of a 3 or 4 star restaurant It s a look at the racial divide that exists in that world A divide that exists even at a world wide level, w [...]

    14. So the dilemma for me here is twofold One, this is an obviously ghostwritten book The language especially the sensory details is so rich and ripe and lucious there is no way that someone who isn t a professional in the field could manage it So I had to search for it, but in the afterward where he acknowledges folks the first person he thanks the person who helps him tell his story.The second dilemma is that while I might appreciate Mr Samuelsson s drive and ambition and talents after reading it [...]

    15. Where do i begin I guess first i wanted to read this because i like food and i spend a lot of time reading about Africa Then i found out that Samuelsson had actually published a cookbook about African food, which i couldn t believe i didn t already know about And then friends recommended this book very highly i didn t quite know what i was in for, but this, to me, is a very special memoir It s not just about food it s also about family and race In this memoir, Samuelsson strikes me as incredibly [...]

    16. Yes Chef delivered everything I hoped it would Marcus tells his story in an honest and humble tone from beginning to end My copy of this book is covered in little post it arrows where I marked how he prepared truffles you add them to the sauce at the very end so as not to cook all the flavor out , and his Spanish breakfast ripe tomatoes peeled and then crushed on toast adding a grind or two of black pepper , and how to make a lobster lasagna When curing duck breasts Marcus would soak then in a l [...]

    17. Disappointing That is the only way to sum up how I feel about this book It s a shame since Samuelsson has such an interesting history and story to tell.I ve been following Samuelsson loosely since he left Aquavit While I didn t watch Top Chef, I followed along interested to see if he would turn out a win His personal story African orphan adopted by a Swedish family lands in the US is very unique in the elite cooking world I expected to really enjoy hearing his life story and how he came to be on [...]

    18. This was better than I d expected, although I didn t know much about Samuelsson apart from him being an adopted Swede who s made it in the USA.In this book, he takes the piss out of himself a lot, which is great he rarely if ever takes the piss out of his profession, even though he once berates the harshess of the system in restaurants, where the hierarchy decides the pecking order And the peckings are gruesome Other times, he accepts it and even seems to like it, as I ve found a lot of cooks do [...]

    19. I liked it, but yep, the ghost writer was bland as others have pointed out It lacks personality and character But there are also problems with Marcus, as he is intolerably self involved Through out the book he was incredibly self promoting, humorless, egotistical and frankly selfish It was also really difficult to read about his treatment of his daughter, although this type of behavior is not unique to Marcus One is grateful that he had such a lovely mother Is it just me, or is Marcus really int [...]

    20. I thought this was going to be another tome of back of the house stories about how rough kitchen life can be While there was some of that, it was cast in the light of differences in race, gender, class, and nationality Not only did the book talk about the world of food and kitchens, but is inspirational in terms of what having a singular vision and purpose in your life can do for you However, it also speaks to the personal costs that can come from that at the same time I have a lot of respect fo [...]

    21. Samuelsson is a great chef, and I was very excited for this book I knew that he was an Ethiopian born Swede, with a string of ethnic restaurants in NYC prior to reading He s led a very interesting life, and I thought that his opinions and experiences regarding race, and finding belonging were very interesting I also enjoyed the behind the scenes look at how he creates dishes, finding out about his restaurant successes and failures, the chef hierarchy and how he rose in such a competitive indust [...]

    22. This is the memoir of world renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, trained in Europe and now an American.His story takes us step by step from as a young child tragically losing his mother to a horrible disease, then he and his sister being adopted by a Swedish couple, his many years of school and training traveling through Europe, and ultimately to New York City where he fulfills his dream by becoming a Chef and opening a restaurant where people from all walks of lif [...]

    23. This was just fine, there wasn t really anything wrong with it It was pleasant and readable and had a few interesting bits Marcus Samuelsson seems to be a good guy, and it s kind of cool that he has an extremely unusual ethnic cultural background, and good on him for becoming so successful, but I have to wonder if it s really enough reason to write a memoir I didn t love Blood, Bones, and Butter, but at least Gabrielle Hamilton is a pretty fucking great writer even if her life isn t really that [...]

    24. Very interesting If you like food and culinary shows or restaurants interest you, this is a good book to listen to I had no idea Chef Marcus had such a hard time getting into the culinary world and getting the experience just because of the color of his skin I forget that not everyone thinks like me that everyone is equal and everyone deserves a chance to excel in their given career My daughter is in culinary and I m sure she will face some blocks just because she is female and she s short so I [...]

    25. I have known of Marcus Samuelsson as a contestant and a judge on various cooking competition shows, but never has he expressed his feelings about his life and his food as he has in Yes, Chef Yes, Marcus does come off as pretentious at times, as he has during the television appearances, but I feel I understand him after hearing about his near death experience as a toddler, his life changing situation in his early 20 s, and the way he has come to terms with his humble beginnings I may not agree w [...]

    26. Yes, Chef chronicles the journey of an Ethiopian American chef who started out in Ethiopia as an orphan I love that the book is about than just food, although the culinary descriptions alone would be enough to make this book great Yes, Chef also explores the cultural differences between America and Ethiopia, the inner turmoil of a young man trying to navigate the gap therein, and about an orphan s search for belonging This book was an eye opener into the culinary industry and the de facto racis [...]

    27. This very successful chef from humble beginnings has a good story to tell He has written several cookbooks , owns 4 restaurants in NYC, was named top chef in NYC , has done some stints on cooking shows and written his memoirs.He is a self driven successful man who admittedly lacks interpersonal relationship skills Book club 3 stars.

    28. He s led an interesting, if not exemplary, life Is as Scandanavian as he is African and even American than either The book is a fast, light read, there isn t a lot of depth, but the story is so interesting, as are some of the pictures, and Samuelsson has such a big heart, it is definitely worth a read.

    29. Ethiopian born, Swedish raised American chef Marcus Samuelsson had anything but a conventional upbringing After his African mother dies of tuberculosis following the 75 mile walk to a hospital that saved the life of he and his sister, 3 year old Marcus is adopted by a loving white couple from Sweden Raised with a grandmother who instills a passion for food and fascinated by the tastes and flavors of his dual heritage, Marcus turns his sights on cooking His ambitions propel him from kitchens in G [...]

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