It's a really intriguing book and I liked it more than I thought I would. It really gives an insight to a chef's life and how hard working and passionate one needs to be to make it in that world. Thanks to Marcus for giving us your story.
I am not a watcher of television or know anything about celebrity chefs. I did enjoy the story of this book. Marcus lead an interesting life and it was refreshing to read about someone with a personal and work ethic that is not governed by chemical abuses. I have to admit, I would suggest anyone interested read it for themselves. I took the time to listen to a few interviews with Marcus on Youtube before I wrote this review. He speaks very well. So either he doesn't read English well, or more likely, someone did a terrible job producing this book. He read as though he was reading a narrow column of words and stopped with a period at the end of the column, whether there was one there or not. I enjoyed his accent, but the cadence was wrong. Considering he wrote the book himself, it would seem that he would have know when to pause at least some of the time. Sometimes an author should not read their own book. This was one of those times. But it is a great story, so go buy the book.
Loved it. Not just about food but culture, race, and family. It was eye opening and comforting at the same time. Checked out his African cookbook at the library yesterday.
An inspirational life story flavored with adversity and triumph, discrimination and acceptance, love and loss.
A look behind the kitchen doors of culinary schools, to crew ships, to three-star French restaurants to huts in Ethiopia. The reader is transported on a journey across continents and cultures that embrace a shared love for food and how it brings us all together. In Yes, Chef, Marcus shares how his unique life story lead to his passion for synthesizing his classical training, respect for food cultures, and love for the flavors and comforts that authentic eating delivers to create a signature all his own, yet can be claimed and recognized by all. Through hard work and tenacity, Marcus has created a table where all are welcome,
I really enjoyed this book. I connected with it on many levels. My Dad's Mom died from TB
When he was eight. He and his 3 brothers wee not as lucky and were shipped to Canada
And ended up being laborers on a farm in harsh conditions. I was raised with the same work ethic. Also I associate with his love of diversity in NY.
Both. Laugh at the screw up and cry due to kindness, esp of his birth Mom and adoptive parents.
Marcus thanks for sharing!
It is very touching how persistent this young man describes his carrier and how difficult it was for him just because of his skin color. I love books with happy endings. I will make sure I will visit his restaurant and maybe with a little luck I will have a chance to talk to him.
Marcus Samuelsson's autobiography will take you from Ethiopia, to Sweden, to Austria and Switzerland, then to New York and then back and forth all over again. Marcus travelled the world gathering knowledge about food and people and then managing to learn a lot about himself in the process. This was a fascinating look in to the tough world of culinary arts and into the life of a very interesting Ethiopian born/ Swedish raised man who came to rest in Harlem , NYC. Read it!
I can't really say what I enjoyed more, Marcus' personal story, the food story or his philosophy regarding both! I don't consider myself a foodie, and so was quite surprised at how appealing I found this book. The author's voice, though sometimes a tad difficult to understand, (not often or much) added a delightful flavor.