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Yes, Chef: A Memoir (2012)

por Marcus Samuelsson

Outros autores: Veronica Chambers, Susan Turner (Designer)

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"It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister--all battling tuberculosis--walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus's new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson's remarkable journey from Helga's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson's career of "chasing flavors," as he calls it, had only just begun--in the intervening years, there have been White House State dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room--a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures as a man--the price of ambition, in human terms--and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors--one man's struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world"-- Provided by publisher.… (mais)
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A great story, very well told (by a ghostwriter friend, apparently). Some parts felt too rushed. But overall I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of an Ethiopian-Swedish chef and his journey to Harlem! ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is the One L for prospective chefs. Read!
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  maryelisa | Jan 16, 2024 |
Samuelsson’s life story is inspiring and fascinating. I appreciate that he covered the incentive for his love of cooking, and his growth of as a chef. While he did include facets of his personal life history. It was just enough to place his professional growth in context. To include both facets in full may have been too confusing and not given enough emphasis to either.

I only know Samuelsson’s work from Food Network; I feel like I had the opportunity to go hear him speak at a small event - the book was personal and conversational. ( )
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
One time he was a co-guest judge on Top Chef with some other major celebrity chefs (Season 5, Episode 12), and he was both insightful and charming. A couple times I'd heard bits about a restaurant called Red Rooster, which I somehow knew was his place. And that is the sum total of what I knew about Marcus Samuelsson before I read this book.

It was really an impulse grab at the library: I love books about food/cooking/chefs, and I've sort of heard of this guy so let's see what he has to say for himself. So glad that I followed the impulse. It's a well-written book that covers a really interesting and unique journey. I wish that he'd gone into more detail about the stuff with his family that comes up in later chapters, it felt like a rich vein of narrative that wasn't fully tapped. The parts about Harlem were fantastic, though, and I could really feel his passion for the place.

Next time I'm in NYC you'll find me lunching at Red Rooster. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
(Contains some slight spoilers if you don't already know about Marcus Samuelsson.) This is the story of a man born in Africa, raised in Sweden, educated all over the world, and living and running a successful restaurant in Harlem. I found his insights into African American culture interesting, and I wonder how various people in that culture feel about his commentary on the African American experience (he is, after all, an outsider to it). I love that his language for honoring the past and bringing diverse people together is food. It sounds as if he's using his success for good. It was fascinating to see how all of the influences in his life come together to make him who he is. I was bothered greatly by his abandonment of his daughter. Though he seems to regret that choice, it feels as if he still does not have much of a relationship with her. Perhaps he has just chosen not to write much about it. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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"It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister--all battling tuberculosis--walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus's new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson's remarkable journey from Helga's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson's career of "chasing flavors," as he calls it, had only just begun--in the intervening years, there have been White House State dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room--a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures as a man--the price of ambition, in human terms--and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors--one man's struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world"-- Provided by publisher.

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