Great story of beginnings, drive, struggle, personal mistakes and triumph. great story. I don't know if I like him but he has my respect. he did not candy coat the mistakes like other authors tend to do.
I think when the author reads the book it just becomes more magic in some ways. Very well delivery and his story and struggle can not go untold so glad this book was written. I have shared my blessing for this book to several
When the book was first published, I did not have time to sit down and read it. When I finally discovered that it was on audible, I am mediately purchased it.
While many presenters who are also the authors don't always do a good job, this is different. Marcus's voice, which has a slightly husky quality to it, is the perfect vehicle for telling his own story. I can't imagine that a different presenter would have done any better.
Excellent book, excellent story, excellent presentation. I really enjoyed it. And, for the record, I'm looking forward to taking the opportunity to visit his restaurant in Harlem.
Absolutely! I have no interest in cooking and I'm not a foodie, but I loved Marcus Samuelson's memoir. His passion for his profession, and his story of hard work and lucky breaks was so inspiring. His family odyssey and his love for his Swedish parents was moving, in a day and time when we hear so many stories of racism. The book was well written, and it was interesting to hear Samuelson's own voice.
This is the story of an extraordinary individual, with drive and ambition, but also with a humility and an honesty that allows the listener to find themselves rooting for Mr Samuelsson like a family member. He speaks from the heart about a punishing, take-all industry. At the same time, his reverence for family(s) and cultural influence is remarkable. He is obviously talented and intelligent with a bit of luck at just the right times; but he is also a culinary figure that truly deserves all that has come his way. I think he has more than made 'his people' proud. You have to listen to his story to understand the nuance of that last phrase. He voice, accent, and reafkng style adds temendously to the listeners expetience. HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. Cant wait to go to the Red Rooster!
I enjoyed this book so much, I did not want it to end! Thank you, Mr. Samuelsson for sharing your life and experience with me, the reader. I have such an appreciation for your craft, it is art! I look forward to visiting your restaurant Red Rooster Harlem on my next visit to NYC. I will have to make this a yearly tradition in my life when I come to the Big Apple!
this is my second try at this book and the audible version has definitely made all the difference. i had my own preconceptions about sammelsson and as a black chef myself came to the table with a mixed bag of opinions. my first read was admittedly a judgemental and skeptical one and i left with a bland if not bad taste in my mouth with some of his references to identity and his space as a chef of color, but listening to the book in his own voice and a few years post red rooster buzz i can respect and respectfully disagree with a great deal of what i found problematic upon first read. i found the book authentic, honest with reference to some of his petsonal failings and insightful if not a bit overstated in some parts. im glad i gave the book a second try and am glad that the samuelsson phe omenon has at bare minimum made way for broader consideration of blackness in american cooking.
I love that it was narrated by Marcus himself. It made it so much more real to me.
Marcus talked about many aspects of his life. I loved all of them, from when he was a child (cooking with Helga) to teenage years (Kiss), to more resent years as a chef. I admire his trip to Ethiopia and the good he is doing there. All of it is superb.
I have seen him on "Chopped." I've been a fan of Food Network before; for some reason, I remember him in the early days (1997-ish?) of Food Network. Perhaps when he was at Aqua Vie? He is a fascinating both as a chef and a true person. As always, Marcus is admirable.
The trip to Ethiopia and the gratitude he has for his Swedish parents.