An accomplished chef's memoir, much less food-focused than others in the genre, and much more human. Samuelson is very honest about hard periods and dumb choices and it's very touching to watch his late arrival at accepting his fatherhood. Obviously a very talented chef & very driven man, I'm most struck by his absolute acceptance of grunt work and hierarchy- without those being continually woven into the story you could think he's a jerk, instead you realize he's extremely hard working and not afraid that doing grunt work harms him in any way. That alone is a powerful message. The book is well told and enjoyable, if a little long.
Definite read for any person determined to live their life's passion. Must read for any inspiring chefs and lovers of good cooking alike as well as anyone needing inspiration to keep pushing ahead with their own business ventures.
I have given the book 4 stars because it's a well written book, good narrator (author) and a lot of other people seemed to like it. I did not want to discourage anyone from checking it out but for me I got nothing out of book. Yes it's a rags to riches story and the author became a great chef. I am just not interested in this subject and the rags to riches part seems common to me. I was not inspired and took nothing away for myself in terms of motivation. I did finish the whole book. I can see where some other people would like it. Stay with what you love and what you were born to do and you will be a success. Also going off to see the world and leave your daughter and her mother without a father while you pursue your own dream maybe the type of sacrifice one simply has to make to succeed.
I really enjoyed it but there are other books I enjoyed more. So I would say maybe a 7 out of 10
His charm and his accent
Yes it was
Thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting.
Well done. Can't wait to visit the Red Rooster!
(My review is complete. I'm irritated audible insists it has to be a certain length!!!)
tasty satisfying and full of flavor
When he had to buy back his name
The passion and love, speaking of his families
highly recommended. I'd like to eat at the Red Rooster
I heard about Marcus Samuelsson very early in his career at Aqua Vit. To hear him tell his own story, with that wonderful voice of his, is terrificly entertaining. I often listen to audio books on long drives, and this book is a great traveling 'companion', for sure.
His detailed memories of cooking with his Grandmother.
No. I've been listening in it, in "spurts", as I drive. I like the book so much, I don't want it to end!
In the top 10.
I have been a fan of Chef Marcus for a while anyway. I found his story extremely interesting and so heartfelt and honest.
Personally I loved his reading it himself. It made it very personal and I intimate, I doubt anyone else could have read it better.
I was simply immersed in his story and very interested to learn about both of his families and all the help and attention he brings to his original people. I also loved his relationship with his adopted family and their strength and warmth.
Loved his attention to food, and food fusion. I made the spice mixture myself and have become interested in Ethiopian food.
I enjoyed listening to Marcus Samuelsson's recount his journey to becoming a top chef and his joys and heartbreaks along the way. I found his enormous drive and ambition and courage inspiring, despite unfortunate setbacks, heartbreaking events, and blatant discrimination he encountered.
I did think his behavior was absolutely despicable at times, especially in his early treatment of Zoe. However, one could chalk this up to youth and immaturity, since when he was somewhat older and wiser he tried to make things right. It also helped that he had an outstanding mother to instill good character. He seemed very passionate in his dedication, work ethic and humility on the job as he learned the ropes and put in his dues. On the other hand, I couldn't help but notice a constant and persistent undertone of self-importance and ego. Perhaps this is a necessary trait to be a successful chef and leader, though.
Samuelsson's thick Swedish accent was a bit distracting at times, as well as his creative pronunciation of many English words. At key points in the story, I thought it was a big plus having him as the reader, since he really displayed the genuine feelings of heartbreak, anger, confusion or joy he had experienced.
Overall this book was really enjoyable, and absolutely delicious!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though the story is about a chef, the story line and information presented covered numerous other topics - culture, cooking, theories, and life lessons.
The 'underdog' perspective presented. So much can come from difficulty - and Samuelsson absolutely shows that.
First, I'll agree with other comments I've seen - it took some getting used to listening to Samuelsson due to his accent and cadence. But, after getting in the right head space, I enjoyed having Samuelsson share his own story. You could hear his passion, sadness, and joy.