Our Harlem

Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster
Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,688 ratings)

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To hear Ethiopian and Swedish chef, TV personality, and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson cook with special guests at the Red Rooster restaurant is to make an audio pilgrimage to Harlem. Listeners will get to know the iconic neighborhood, Marcus’ home, through its food, its history, and - most importantly - its people. Special guests join Marcus each day of the week to cook, to laugh, and to share their stories, including Melba Wilson, Jelani Cobb, Bevy Smith, and Kevin Young, to name a few. Our Harlem transports listeners to the hub of African American culture.

Join us when Marcus recreates the short ribs he made at the Red Rooster for President Obama’s fundraiser there, and when author Jelani Cobb discusses the lasting significance of the first African American President. Listen to Marcus explore the African and Southern roots of his favorite ingredients with food historian Jessica Harris, and make fried chicken with Harlem’s very own Charles Gabriel. And venture out in El Barrio to La Marqueta with Marcus and Harlem native Aurora Flores. 

Writers Isabel Wilkerson and Nicholas Lemann ponder the Great Migration, and how it brought Southern food (think shrimp and grits), new voters, and amazing creative talent to Harlem. Dapper Dan, legendary tastemaker, opines about Harlem style. And musicians who play at Ginny’s, Red Rooster’s supper club, provide the rhythms that pulse through the neighborhood - from El Barrio Night’s Latin beats to Sunday’s teenage gospel choir.

A PDF of the recipes from The Red Rooster cookbook that are featured in Our Harlem and reimagined in this audio can be found here.

©2019 Marcus Samuelsson Group LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.   

©2019 Marcus Samuelsson Group LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"Our Harlem is an Audible Original adaptation of Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Cookbook with a few vital differences. In the print version, he tells us about the history, culture, and food of the remarkable place he’s chosen to call home. In the audiobook, he takes you there."

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About the Creator

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus’ in 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 honoring Indian 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, No Passport Required, with VOX Media’s EATER and PBS has been nominated for a 2019 James Beard Foundation 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, released in the summer of 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 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 best-selling memoir Yes, Chef and his latest book—The 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, in Montreal this spring. 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.

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A fascinating listen for foodies & history buffs!

Our Harlem will satiate your cravings for great food, music, and culture! Marcus invites you into an intimate discussion on cooking and history with his friends that will change the way you view food and New York City. Be prepared to learn and salivate!

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Amazing

As a foodie/blogger, and NYC resident, I absolutely loved listening to this immersive series. From the sweet sounds of frying garlic and rosemary to eavesdropping on conversations with journalists and community leaders talking about the history and culture of Harlem, this series made me hungry for more.

I also appreciate that there been some effort to create a more multi modal experience with the recipes made available on the audible website. Very excited to see where this goes.

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Thank you!

Marcus and a crew of iconic Harlemites paint a masterpiece. The deep tradition and love for a community is beautifully documented. This book will make you want to travel to Harlem to taste the food, feel the history and hear another story. Thank you to all who contributed to this amazing project.

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Interesting and personal take on Harlem

Who knew that in addition to being a world class chef Marcus Samuelson is also a talented story teller? In Our Harlem, Samuelson interviews people from all parts of Harlem, and paints a vivid mosaic picture of this uniquely important town within a town. In scope are The Great Migration, culture, music and the church, and of course, cooking and cocktails. All in all this was a really interesting series of Harlem stories.

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Mouthwateringly Declicious & Fascinating

Really interesting immersion into the great food and culture -- and history -- of Harlem. Great music and recipes, Marcus Samuelson is the real deal. Authentic and revealing and a wonderful guide. The program is loaded with colorful and fascinating people from the arts, culture & politics worlds. I even followed the recipe for the ribs Marcus made for Pres. Obama. A fantastic 4th of July treat!

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Format is wrong

Why is this an audiobook? Nope. Disappointed is all I can say. Listening to food fry while people talk...seems wrong to me.

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A Caucasian gets to look in

Thank you Marcus. By listening to this Audible presentation, I got to look over your shoulder into Harlem and the black experience. It was an uplifting,, and a fun experience. From the sounds of crackling grease and frying meat to the stories about the great migration and the Harlem Renaissance, you regaled me with experiences within another culture. I never did find out how paella fit into the African palette, but that's because there was a freedom for your guests to talk about whatever seemed important at the moment. You were my guide, and I was profoundly moved and improved by the experience. (By the way, my Mom was a Samuelson.) Tack för dina vänliga ord!

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I'm Headed to Harlem!

This book was an absolutely delicious listen. Just after finishing it I sent a link to it to several of my friends and I will definitely be headed to Harlem to eat. A wonderful blend of culture, history, food, music......all narrated by a man could become a voice artist should he ever get sick of cooking. Thank you Audible!

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Awesome! A must listen. Harlem is History

This took me all the way home. And gives me much relief that Harlem is not lost and the history is still alive. I love that we still have ppl that care about Harlem and dedicate their lives to preserving it. Asè oooooo.

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Amazing and inspirational listen thanks for the content

Great cultural piece ❤️❤️🎁 this audio seemed like it was an hour but much longer than that I listened and cooked at the same time I really enjoyed this .....

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  • 07-20-19

was expecting more cookery

bot what I was expecting, would have liked more dishes and a little less chat about harlem

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-20

Struggled to be interested

Sorry but it just wasn’t my thing, seemed like boring stuff being overrated. Cooking chickens etc . The production and sound etc are well presented and glossy. Narration was also good.