• Our Harlem

  • Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster
  • By: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (2,309 ratings)

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Our Harlem

By: Marcus Samuelsson
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Publisher's summary

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. 

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

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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.