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The Audicted Editors sit down with celebrity chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, to discuss the intersection of food, culture, and his new Audible Original Our Harlem. Plus: hear what we’re listening to and loving right now.

To download Our Harlem now, go to Audible.com/OurHarlem.   

Our Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day

Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene

More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams

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An excellent interview

I've seen Marcus Samuelsson on Top Chef and Chopped and he always has great things to say about food. He has an engaging personality and his passion for life in general and food in particular really comes across. I really liked hearing what he had to say about Harlem and his relationship with the area. His thoughts on staving off gentrification while also encouraging growth were fascinating. The interviewers also asked insightful questions and had clearly done their homework on their interviewee.

Now, that said, I'm not sure this episode succeeds as an episode of a podcast ostensibly about a chef. I felt like the recommendations to Samuelsson were largely unrelated to the subject of the interview and frankly, none of them sounded particularly interesting to me. Likewise the post-interview recommendations. I downloaded this to hear the thoughts of a chef and none of the books mentioned (as far as i can recall) had anything to do with food. I'm sure the books are all wonderful or whatever, but they didn't pique my interest or give me anything to explore on this subject.

I gave it five stars across the board solely on the strength of the interview and for Samuelsson himself. The interview really was very good, so kudos to the team for that.

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A Filling Episode

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Marcus Samuelsson's powerful personality really comes through. This is a man with an interesting immigrant background that has a lot to say about much more than just cooking, for which he is best known. He is articulate, world-wise, and brings perspectives to a whole host of topics that I, as a born-into-citizenship American, felt should be self-evident. Like a fresh set of eyes, however, sometimes a person coming from outside our culture can best help us appreciate what we have.

The topic of community identity, told within the context of Harlem, was particularly good. How its uniqueness should be nurtured and protected, along with some ways members can proactively cultivate its growth in the face of cookie-cutter corporate chains.

Those coming to the show for title recommendations will not find the usual large variety covered. If that is your sole reason for listening to this episode, you may be disappointed.

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The hosts are clearly prepared for this interview. The questions are insightful, and for the most part they ask them and let Mr. Samuelsson run with the show. That being said, Marcus REALLY likes to talk, and on several occasions does not specifically answer the offered question in favor of lengthy discourse on a different/related topic. These can feel alternately riveting or needlessly convoluted.

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Episode 22

I thought that this episode was very interesting, Lots of interesting books to listen to. I always like to listen to Audicted near when I get my monthly credit so I can see if there is anything on the list that I would want to use my credit on.

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Bad episode

Why have an episode of a podcast on audiobooks hardly mention any audiobooks at all??? I do not listen to audictrd to hear about a chef & his restaurants a total waste of an episode

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