Yes. And again I say, Yes.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

A happy coincidence led to my listening to this terrific audiobook. My friends and I were planning a trip to New York, and my foodie friend said she wanted to go to Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Red Rooster.

I recognized his name because I know someone who read this book for a book discussion group. So I thought: I’ll study up!

And I fell right into this audiobook and didn’t want to emerge from the world Samuelsson so wonderfully narrates himself.

His story is an unusual one: he was born in Ethiopia, orphaned as a young child, and adopted by

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a Swedish couple who raised him. During his childhood, he loved helping his grandmother in the kitchen, and he realized cooking was his calling. So his personal story is intriguing.

But mostly I adored this book because I’m a sucker for workplace memoirs, and this is one of the best I’ve read. Samuelsson’s love of his work is evident, and it makes this book a complete delight to read.

So I owe my friend all kinds of thanks: for dreaming up the New York trip, for suggesting Red Rooster (oh, my land, the food was amazing; amazing, I tell you!), and for leading me to this book through her restaurant choice.

Happy.

 

3 thoughts on “Yes. And again I say, Yes.

  1. Oh, so WANT! I love chef/food writer memoirs — they've become one of my must-read categories since I discovered Ruth Reichl's Tender At The Bone about 15 years ago. Then it was on to Kitchen Confidential, and I've been saying "Yes, Chef" ever since. My last one was a memoir by Jacques Pepin that was totally delicious.

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