I listened to this memoir while my mom has been on hospice for brain cancer and I am starting to consider international adoption. It is honest, humble, and educational.
When he talks about not getting on a soccer team and how years later, as a famous chef, he sometimes still thinks of himself as the guy who didn't get on the soccer team. Then he snaps out of it and keeps on going. Marcus has many setbacks but he also has many lucky breaks and loving people who he recognizes for their actions.
Marcus has a Swedish accent and a lisp. Sometimes the pronunciation of English words is different. Some writers would have somebody else read the book. To me, his own reading added a lot to the story. There was not a dull section in the entire reading. I learned about Ethiopia, Sweden, the world of the professional kitchen, about friendship, and loss, and international adoption, love, and the many ways people can be good people.
Yes - I looked forward to getting back to it when my mom was dozing. I never lost track of the story in between listening sessions.
Thank you Marcus Samuelsson for engrossing me in learning, entertainment, and encouragement during one of the most difficult times of my life. Thank you for writing and reading your own story. I had never heard of you before I browsed and found this book on Audible, but now I will never forget you.
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