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.
This was an awesome insight into the life of a Chef
And being read by the Author added more life to the story.
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.