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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
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (399)

    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"
    "Chef Samuelsson can write as well as cook!"
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    What did you love best about Yes, Chef?

    I loved that Marcus Samuelsson was willing to share the not so flattering aspects of his journey; the difficult times as well as the triumphs of his career. I knew him best from Top Chef Masters, and to be honest found him to be a bit obnoxious on the show. Reading what was happening behind the scenes while Top Chef Masters was taping opened my eyes and I rescinded my initial harsh judgement of him. I came to admire chef Marcus, and am now rooting for his continued success in an incredibly competitive and tough business. He's an original - I mean an Ethiopian kid raised in Sweden for starters. He's a fighter, driven to succeed, loves good food, and flavor most of all. I thoroughly enjoyed his story and enjoyed listening to his unique accent as he read his own story. Bravo chef Marcus. My next trip is to New York to check out Red Rooster.


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

    His trip to Ethiopia to meet with his father. I could relate, as I met my birth father as an adult as well. So many emotions.


    What about Marcus Samuelsson’s performance did you like?

    His unique accent.


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

    Reading about the effects of 911 on New York; life forever changed on an unforgettably beautiful September morning.


    Any additional comments?

    Marcus Samuelsson is a talented guy, multilingual, a gifted chef, a snappy dresser (love his personal style). Really enjoyed this read.

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