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.
Every aspect of this book works. The basic life story is fascinating, the insight into the inner workings of the kitchen are great and his observations of society- always as an outsider- are very revealing.
Marcus as the whole story revolved around him.
His return to his homeland Ethopia.
Very good book and narration.
We have already......great true story... well narrated.....great about being a chef and lots of
Marcus the author (autobiography)
no extremes....just continued interest and appreciation
I like the fact that he reads his own book. Yes, he has a somewhat awkward accent but because this is a biography it adds credibility to the story and makes it rather charming.
Learning about what a true chef goes through to become really good.
I have no idea.
Great to listen to the author as he tells the story or his life
He is telling his story
His adoption to Sweden
I would recommend this book to anyone
Uniquely World Influenced.
Yes, I found myself returning to the book.
Mr. Samuelsson overdid the whining about race, however I do feel he has made a difference by overcoming many disadvantages to become one of the top chefs in the world. He is an innovator and not afraid to admit his shortcomings and mistakes. I highly recommend this book.
I would read another book written by Chef Samuelsson but I won't listen to him reading it. No emotion and the cadence of how the sentences are delivered don't make any sense. Samuelsson wrote this book- yet it seemed as if he had never looked at the words before. You never know when he has finished a sentence and this makes it very hard to enjoy the fascinating story he has to tell. I am sorry that I purchased this book on Audible. I think that this would have been better as a read than a listen.
Absolutely not- it was dreadful.
Cut the actor and get someone else to deliver the story to the listener
The story itself is great. As a foodie, it was very interesting to get in the kitchen of some of the most renowned restaurants and understand how it all works- the hierarchy, the development of a menu, the delivery of food to the customer. I am just sorry that the experience was marred by a poor delivery. I liken this experience to going to a great restaurant and having a fabulous meal- only to be spoiled by a lousy waiter.