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Yes, Chef: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Samuelsson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Red Rooster's arrival in Harlem brought with it a chef who has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American. In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family, hope, and downright good food (President Bill Clinton)

I've read a lot of chefs' books, but never anything like this one. Marcus Samuelsson has had such an interesting life, and he talks about it with touching modesty and remarkable candor. I couldn't put this book down (Ruth Reichl bestselling author of TENDER AT THE BONE)

Marcus Samuelsson has an incomparable story, a quiet bravery, and a lyrical and discreetly glittering style-in the kitchen and on the page. I liked this book so very, very much (Gabrielle Hamilton, bestselling author of BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER)

Marcus Samuelsson has an incomparable story, a quiet bravery, and a lyrical and discreetly glittering style - in the kitchen and on the page. I liked this book so very, very much (Henry Louis Gates, Jr)

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The remarkable bestselling memoir of a world-renowned, award-winning chef and restaurateur.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1989 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385342608
  • Publisher: Sphere (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8TBY52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 20 Dec 2013
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I read this book in the summer and loved it. The Swedish connection perhaps adds to it, I can relate to a lot of his stories about Sweden. But even so, a great, honest and moving account of one man's journey from orphaned child in Africa to one of the most celebrated chefs in the world. As I read it I promised my mum I would buy her the book (she's a great cook and loves food and cooking) so this will make a great Christmas present.
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By Philip
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This book is a pleasure to read. It is beautifully written - albeit by a ghostwriter in American English - and tells the story of a three-year-old Ethiopian boy who left his home country in tragic circumstances and was adopted by a Swedish family. Brought up in Goteborg, Sweden, his passion for cooking led him to train to become a chef; first in his home town, and then in Switzerland and France. Ultimately, he found himself in New York, which he felt was "home" and where he cooked for the Obamas and won awards for his cooking. In New York, he made his dream come true: opening his own restaurant, the Red Rooster in Harlem.

This is the story of an Ethiopian from a very poor village, who has progressed to become a well-known chef. He tells his story with honesty and humility; his descriptions of family reunions, friendships and the loss of loved ones are moving. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biographies; if you are interested in cooking too, so much the better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of life.. 7 July 2013
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I have read the book, in fact several times firstly absorbing the factual content and then to simply absorb the story...I will repeat that word .. story. The ghost writer .... has done an admirable job of taking information and creating a natural flow and progression, it's a quick holiday read about a highly self motivated and inspirational man who fate has placed at the crossroads of choice several times over. Apart from one or two false turns, he has made paths continually in the right direction with tenacity, gusto and an endearing approach, which has led to his continued success.

Undoubtedly talented, Samuelsson deserves the accolades lauded as well as the support of the community, he has utilized his position to create good in humanity which the book lightly touches upon, although reflects that at heart he wants to give more back in thanks for his own success's.

It is an easy read, large letters well spaced and well paced, certainly rags to riches with many success and an ability to brush oneself off when knocked down and get up and go.

What I find inconsistent is alleged facts as this is a book classed as non fiction, even to the point of correctly naming the town and hotel in Switzerland, but getting the names of the restaurants incorrect. It seems sloppy where is should be factual. There are several dozen attempts to create a little sensationalism with quotes, situations of alleged abuse, critiquing a mentors ability and even a plucking of heart strings at the end of one chapter with the death of a friend. But did these really happen or are they just embellishments to keep the momentum of the ride? These are very specific memories in a 20 year time span.
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