Good book. Very interesting life. I was so intrigued. Sometimes it was like listing to someone recant my life growing up as a extra cute, blue eyed white American kid in west Africa, Venezuela and Philippines. Then rising in my fields of expertise.
I little too much black power sentiment at the end. But we all need to make a living, the race card works for some folks.
Maybe. It took me more than half the book to get used to his style of reading. I understand that his accent may be the reason for the strange pauses during the reading of sentences, but it made it really hard for me to follow the audio for a very long time. I kept having to replay the material until I figured it out. I might be more likely to read his book myself, rather than buy the audiobook.
I cannot think of any.
I do not think so.
Maybe some downloadable photos to round out the audiobook and help listeners complete the connection they were building with the author during the course of the audiobook. I searched the Internet to look at photos of his wife and daughter, for example, and to see some of the foods he mentioned.
I am glad to have listened to this book as my exposure to different cultures (foods, families, countries, jobs in the food world...) has grown significantly. So has my respect for the Chef, who actually had to buy back his own name!
Sometimes the author should just leave the reading to others. Samuelsson may be able to translate into English, but he really doesn't know the language. His phrasing was so stilted and awkward it made it impossible for me to continue after the first hour or so. This seems to be a good story of triumph over the odds, but I will never know.
I became interested in Marcus Samuelsson after seeing him as a judge on the Food Network show Chopped. I have since seen him in several other venues, including his recent victory as a mentor on The Taste. I purchased this book because as a dedicated home cook always learning about new cuisines I wanted to know more about him and his background.
His story is compelling, from the death of his mother taking him and his sister to a hospital, to his adoption by a Swedish couple, to his entry into the culinary world and his triumphs and failures, one gets a tremendous respect for this man. I recently purchased his cookbook "Soul of a new Cuisine" in hard-copy and am plowing my way through it for new ideas.
An accomplished chef's memoir, much less food-focused than others in the genre, and much more human. Samuelson is very honest about hard periods and dumb choices and it's very touching to watch his late arrival at accepting his fatherhood. Obviously a very talented chef & very driven man, I'm most struck by his absolute acceptance of grunt work and hierarchy- without those being continually woven into the story you could think he's a jerk, instead you realize he's extremely hard working and not afraid that doing grunt work harms him in any way. That alone is a powerful message. The book is well told and enjoyable, if a little long.
Definite read for any person determined to live their life's passion. Must read for any inspiring chefs and lovers of good cooking alike as well as anyone needing inspiration to keep pushing ahead with their own business ventures.
I have given the book 4 stars because it's a well written book, good narrator (author) and a lot of other people seemed to like it. I did not want to discourage anyone from checking it out but for me I got nothing out of book. Yes it's a rags to riches story and the author became a great chef. I am just not interested in this subject and the rags to riches part seems common to me. I was not inspired and took nothing away for myself in terms of motivation. I did finish the whole book. I can see where some other people would like it. Stay with what you love and what you were born to do and you will be a success. Also going off to see the world and leave your daughter and her mother without a father while you pursue your own dream maybe the type of sacrifice one simply has to make to succeed.