Marcus of course
His life his perspective his voice.
Yes, Marcus's emotion and intensity moved me to tears.
This is one of the better audiobooks i've had the pleasure of listening to. The combination of a great story and personal narrative should appeal to any fan of memoirs or foodies.
The author's healthy additude toward good and bad fortune and those who helped him along the way
enphasis on those things about his biography that are most important to him
An unusual path to world-class success...
Yes Chef is the memior of a black, Ethopian/Swedish/American chef. That, in and of itself, is pretty remarkable, and lends a large element of interest to his memior. In addition, for those of us who are totally unfamiliar with what it takes to be a professional chef, the material was quite eye opening and interesting. I also felt that the writing was not bad for a non-native English speaker and an untrained author. My chief complaint, and it was a big one, was the terrible performance of the narrator - Sorry Marcus, you should stick to cooking. The narrator, who is the author/chef, read quite poorly. He chopped his sentences with pauses that were improperly placed, sometimes almost changing the meaning of the sentence. Luckily, he read slowly so I always had time to adjust my understanding to his strange, ungainly reading cadence. In the case of this book, I wished I had chosen to read it instead of buying an audio version.
I've been a long time fan of the cooking channels, so when I saw this book by a chef I've admired because of his story and cooking skills, I was thrilled to read this book. 'YES CHEF' does more than just NOT disappoint, it was a mind opening and heart rendering story of skill, talent, and determination.
Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia where he contracted TB with his Mom and sister. His mom walked many miles to get her children medical treatment, only to die of TB herself. At two years of age, Marcus survived TB and was taken in by a nurse. Desperately wanting a son, a Swedish family adopted Marcus and his sister. In Sweden, Marcus began his life of diversity as a black child in a white family, but more importantly, he began his love of food and cooking while helping his grandmother in the kitchen.
Thus begins this very informative and emotional look into the life of a great chef, and a groundbreaking winning chef no less! Marcus tells how he made his way around the world, learning about new foods. How he tasted and tweaked recipes, writing down all his ideas and experiences along his travels. As a black chef, he had to prove his value to any restaurant. Along the way, he made good friends and a couple of difficult relationships.
This story of a poor sick orphan boy who worked, tasted and cooked his way into top cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, cooked in the White House for the President of the USA, and opened one of the first fine dining restaurants in revitalized Harlem, is a must read for any foodie! 'YES CHEF' would be interesting just because of it's factual information, but it actually reads like a fast passed novel! A spectacular read!!
Yes: Marcus's life is quite a story - from Ethiopia to Sweden, then Switzerland, England, France, USA - and now an international career. His sense of duty and dedication could be cloying, but is set out so unsentimentally that it just seems part of a strong character. You do have to be interested in food because of the detailed descriptions of his lifetime obsession, but they repay attention.
Marcus himself, of course.
Coming back to Ethiopia; meeting his "dead" father and his reception in his home village.
The narrator! Honestly, I have listened to a million audiobooks and I have to say that only 1 in 10 author narrated books has been a good idea. In this case, his choppy english was very very distracting as his sentence pauses were really unnatural and made this book hard to listen to. It wasn't the worst I've heard in terms of self-narrated books, but definitely would have been better with a professional narrator.
No, definitely not. Some of the best books I've read have been memoirs, and this book won't discourage me.
As stated above, his choppy english was a real distraction from the content.
I would have preferred some real honesty. I've read enough memoirs to know when I'm getting the real deal, and this book felt disingenous. Sure he revealed some less flattering aspects of his past, but overall it was pretty self-congratulatory: "look how hard it has been for me as a black chef in a white dominated industry! but I sure showed them! look at my supermodel wife and all my riches! ..and, oh yeah, the daughter I didn't want to acknowledge for years and years and years..but she's ok with it now." ugh.
I read many glowing reviews that stated that this book should be on the must-read lists for high-school students. I couldn't disagree more. I would rather recommend "The Heart and The Fist" for students. It's message is much deeper. Rather than "work hard and you can be rich and famous and marry a supermodel too", it teaches "work hard, then work harder, then work even harder and you will discover what is truly meaningful in life." And it's not money and fame.
Maybe Samuelsson didn't realize how offensive the F-word is because he is a non-native English speaker. His editors should have given him more guidance.
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
I enjoy watching the celebrity chefs on TV and thought that I would like to hear the story of this Ethiopian, Swedish chef's story. The story is interesting if you are interested in the stories of people like Anthony Bourdain. MS can't read his own work outloud. He is awful. English is his third language which makes his pronunciation somewhat difficult but still... There is a lot of ego in this book, I expected that. I just think it would have been better served by a better reader.
The hard path of a potential chef.
No. The best parts are said.
Keep cooking Mr. Samuelsson.