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  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (483)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (422)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Best Audible Memoir I Have Listened To - Uplifting"
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    Would you listen to Yes, Chef again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes, Chef?

    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.


    What does Marcus Samuelsson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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