Marcus Samuelsson's memoir is a fascinating look into the behind-the-scenes strategies, politics and practices of kitchens in fine dining restaurants, as well as an honest, endearing (without being sentimental), and revealing memoir about the career and life of this famous multicultural chef.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I loved everything about this book--Marcus' amazing story of going from Ethiopian orphan to Swedish adoptee to a world-renowned chef. I also really appreciated the fact that he narrated his own story--it makes a memoir so much more enjoyable. So a few words were mispronounced--who cares, really? It happens with the most professional of narrators.
I was so impressed with his drive for success and his true love of food--especially his continuing quest for the most wonderful mix of flavors. In listening to his story, you just know that Marcus HAD to succeed, there couldn't be any other outcome.
I wish him all the best and wish New York wasn't so far away from California, as I would love to hang out at The Red Rooster!
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Marcus' story of being born on one continent, raised in another and finding himself in a third is interesting and inspiring. His background has given him a good grasp on what is important in life and he lives to pursue those things. Yes, Chef, is more of a look at his life, than the restaurant industry, so if you are looking for an "industry insider" story, you won't find much of one here.
I listened to this book, narrated by the author. Occasionally the narration was hard for me to understand because of Marcus' accent, but it was well worth it to hear him tell his own tale.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I was not aware of Marcus Samuelsson prior to purchasing this book--but I'm very happy I listened to his memoir. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
It was fun to listen to him talk about his early life, his early culinary years, and of course, his current success in the restaurant world. Through the many ups and down, I just wanted to cheer him on--
I loved that he narrated this audiobook--his accent was a little distracting at first, but I quickly got past it. He, and his memoir, were totally charming!!
I had never heard about Chef Samuelsson when I picked up this title. I loved his descriptions of the culinary world and how his life experiences and origins influenced his taste in food and his prepation techniques. But this is much more than just about food. He also takes his listeners through the stages of his life and talks about what made him who he is today through an eye-opening journey that covers several continents and a multitude of kitchens, and talks about his origin, his families and friends with love and candor without glossing over some of the big mistakes he made. The reading of the book by the author, with its different delivery and little quirks, adds authenticity to the story.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was fascinating to hear how he got where he is today and to hear his story.
None that I can think of.
No I haven't heard anything else he has done, but I might now.
I am truly unable to rate the book, becuase I found listening to Samuelsson so distracting, I could not listen beyond the first hour. I enjoy watching Marcus on the Food Network and his story seems like it would be very interesting, But I did not realize how distracting his accent would be too me.
I guess I am actually going to have to READ this one, if I want the whole story
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!)