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Reimagining the Cookbook with Renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson at the stove of one of his restaurants with a guest standing by him smiling.

Audible Inc. today announced the forthcoming release of Our Harlem: Seven Days of Cooking, Music, and Soul at the Red Rooster with Marcus Samuelsson. This Audible Original production reimagines the cookbook for a listening audience and offers a thoughtful and entertaining look at identity through food. Our Harlem will be available for download exclusively from Audible on June 27th, and can be preordered now at www.audible.com/ourharlem.

In this culinary adventure, the award-winning chef and restaurateur takes listeners on a music- and food-filled journey to his Harlem neighborhood and Red Rooster Harlem restaurant. The seven-hour Audible Original will be organized by days of the week, filled with the sounds of Marcus's kitchen, gospel and jazz from local bands, and conversation with friends. Each day, a different guest cooks with Marcus and he invites the listener to cook along with them, listen to the beats that flow through his restaurant, and learn about Harlem's rich history, diversity, and vibrant pulse. Our Harlem teaches about the Great Migration from the south that brought Mac & Greens to Harlem and rent parties that helped residents eke out a living and inspired Marcus when he and his co-owner Andrew Chapman opened Ginny's Supper Club in the basement of the Roosterwhere everyone from Roberta Flack to Alicia Keys has come to jam. Listeners will meet lively characters from places like the Apollo Theater, Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken, and La Marqueta, the Spanish Harlem Market where Marcus shops.

David Blum, Editor-in-Chief of Audible Originals, commented: Introducing the cookbook as a dynamic listening experience is exactly the kind of innovative and fun project we aim to create; we know that our audience loves listening to Audible when they cook so this amazing cookbook and storytelling experience definitely hits a sweet spot! Marcus's distinct and compelling voice and genius cooking expertise, paired with the emotive sounds of Harlem, take listeners on a multisensory adventure that they will never forget.

Marcus Samuelsson commented, I'm really excited to do this project with Audible because it's not only a great way to experience our community in Harlem but also such a cool new way to experience the Red Rooster Cookbook. I really hope that this type of original audio product will ignite a whole new way of interacting with the listener, inspiring more people to enjoy cooking at home. Plus I love the opportunity to bring forward the incredible stories of Harlem from luminaries like Dapper Dan, Lana Turner, and so many other amazing people who are really in and of Harlem.

ABOUT MARCUS SAMUELSSON

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus' Bermuda, and Marcus B&P in Newark, NJ. Samuelsson was the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. He was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration's first State dinner honoringIndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and was the winning mentor on ABC's The Taste. Samuelsson's TV series titled No Passport Required with VOX/Eater and PBS has been nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award and he is an executive producer of Viceland's show HUSTLE. He currently serves as Executive Chef-in-Residence of Buzzfeed Tasty's newly launched talent program. His exciting new audio project with Audible, titled Our Harlem is set to release summer 2019. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson is co-chair of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) which focuses on underserved youth. Samuelsson also co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which will be celebrating the food, art, and culture of Harlem for the fifth year this May. He is the recipient of the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prize in Culinary Arts, awarded to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American Society. He is the author of multiple books including The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef and his latest bookThe Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. Recent restaurant openings include: Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London; Norda Oslo in Norway; and Streetbird Express at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. He announced the opening of his newest restaurant, Marcus, coming to Montreal in Spring 2019. Marcus is also the founder of the Marcus Samuelsson Group (MSG), which works to maintain Samuelsson's culinary and cultural pillars, creating outstanding experiences that celebrate food, music, culture, and art in all its endeavors from high-end restaurants and fast-casual cafes to media and experiential events. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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