a tasty adventure
great reading from Samuelsson, a really interesting meander through Europe, NYC and Ethiopia. anyone who enjoys stellar food writing like Ruth Reichl or Anthony Bourdain should read this one - but there's also a great balance with Samuelsson's truly interesting story, from growing up adopted in Sweden to finding fame in the US, to reconnecting with his African roots. all around a great audiobook.
i'm the type that needs to take a break every once in a while - but it was pretty captivating and a great companion to a 3 day road trip.
Yes, I would definitely listen to Yes, Chef again. I have admired Marcus Samuelsson for a long time. His passion for food comes through anytime you see an interview or story about him. But I had no idea how much of his life hasn't been perfect - you hear about the many choices he's made to "chase flavors" and how he honors even the mistakes in his life as being important. His love of food and family unmistakably comes through in every chapter of this book.
I adore autobiographies and biographies, but I think this is such a unique story, I hesitate to compare it to any other book I've read. I think you'll need to have at least a marginal interest in food and chefs, but other than that you can take much from this story of finding your own story.
The pronunciation of so many words that are foreign to me! If I had read the book I would still be stumbling over the names of towns in Sweden and the spices of Ethiopia! His narration takes a bit of time to understand but it adds so much to the story you can't help but be swept up into the narration.
Yes. I have been struggling with technical difficulties and it's maddening when all I wanted to do was get to the next part of the story! (This was my first Audible book on my iPhone, so I think it was a great learning experience!)
I started listening to this book not sure what to expect due to a couple of mixed reviews, but within the first few chapters I knew it was a good choice, Not to take away from some of the professional narraters who do a fantastic job with many books this one wouldn't have been as good if Mr Samuelson hadn't been the reader even considering his thick accent, I tended to be conservative regarding the adoption of children of one race into another (not in a racist way) because they might lose thier native culture but after listening to this wonderful story have changed my mind, would highly recommend this book!
This is a very entertaining and educational autobiography. Not only did I enjoy Samuelsson's journey from Ethiopia to New York, I also enjoyed his journey to becoming a top chef. The incredibly hard work along with an incredible drive and talent required to becoming a world renowned chef is amazing. Well worth the listen.
I knew a bit about Marcus Samuelsson from his time on Top Chef Masters, but didn't expect to read his book. After all, how interesting can a book about cooking be if you aren't a chef? In a word: plenty. Marcus Samuelsson ayers his story the same way he layers his flavors. The story is very interesting and and easily sweeps the listener along. It is a beautiful story!
A note about Marcus Samuelsson's narration since other reviewers have complained. I found his quiet, relaxed style to be the perfect way to tell the story. I didn't have any difficulty understanding him and I appreciate the fact that he read his own story.
I highly recommend this book! I chose it based on the excellent reviews and am happy to add mine to the list.
Fascinating chef's journey
As an autobiography, there's really just one "character" - the author. Loved hearing Samuelsson narrate his own amazing story.
As an autobiography, there's really just one "character" - Samuelsson
I actually did get teary a couple of times. The author is so candid about his life's journey (so far) and the hardships he encounters along the way. Many more smiles than tears, though. It was a great ride.
I'll never look at an independently owned restaurant the same way again! This story helps you understand everything that goes on behind the kitchen door before that meal arrives at your table. I wasn't sure I'd make it through 300+ pages on becoming a chef, but there wasn't a dull moment. Samuelsson has a fascinating story to tell and his love for food is contagious.
Maybe not. His description about the challenges he faced succeeding in a tough industry were interesting. I was not terribly impressed with how he handled some of his personal struggles though.
Marcus has a smooth voice and a nice rhythim to his reading.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I was surprised and delighted that being a food watcher like me wasn't necessary to enjoy this book. It's such a study of honest contrasts with triumphs and flaws given equal weight. The opposites of African/Swede, confidence/self-doubt, and devoted family man/absent father, all add up to one of the more honest and interesting memoirs I've ever read. Yes, this is read rather haltingly by the author - - I kept reminding myself he's a chef, not an actor. But somehow, the accent, the burst of languages, and the sometimes choppy reading just adds to the fragility of feelings and understanding of the contrasts in his heritage and life experiences. I am very happy to have heard rather than read this book. I think this is how this one should be consumed. An Audible "credit" well spent.
I didn't read the print version, but hearing Marcus Samuelsson's voice and accent make his incredible life story very real.
I don't know. This is a very well written memoir of an incredible life, told by the author. And I am not a foodie.
No, but now I really wish I could go to his restaurant!
I can't wait for the book to be translated in French so I can give it to all my friends in France.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I found it interesting to hear about the steps this man took to become a top-ranked chef. It was funny in places, and overall a well written story. Unlike some other reviewers, I did not have any trouble understanding the author/reader. I did ding him because he isn't an actor, and therefore there was no voice change between characters, but that never made the book difficult to follow.
If you are interested in regional cuisine and the food world in general, then you will probably enjoy this book.