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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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    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (394)

    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"
    "Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?"
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    Where does Yes, Chef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Yes Chef is the first and only audiobook I've listened to and the best!


    What other book might you compare Yes, Chef to and why?

    It definitely compares with Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential.


    Have you listened to any of Marcus Samuelsson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I have watched him on TV. He's a natural, with a great (Swedish?) dress sense (apart from all those other wonderful culinary and kitchen skills he clearly has.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mr Samuelsson's memories of his birth mother was petty compelling. Death of his friend in Switzerland.


    Any additional comments?

    For me it is just magic to hear this author read his story. I drive lots and, listening to this memoir, I was sometimes moved to tears and sometimes chuckling and laughing as each chapter rolled out. It is a very inspiring memoir. I particularly admire Mr Samuelsson's ability to write in English. Astonishing level of literacy in English. Many native speakers never reach this level of rhythm and rhetorical sophistication.

    I haven't finished reading/listening to it. I don't want to finish it! I hope it never ends. I'm sure Mr Samuelsson feels the same way too!!! ;-)

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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