A tale of life..,
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This review is from: Yes, Chef: A Memoir (Paperback)
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.
For the most part Samuelsson's ghost writer meanders through a story reflecting powerful emotions and sacrifice's in a single life, propelled by his adoptive parents sense of goodness and perhaps their own achievements, Samuelsson's relatively middle class upbringing within an academic household ( his late father was also an author of text books) set him in good stead for his future.
His escapades as a young foreign chef in Switzerland is and was very similar to others who ventured into the temple of central Europe's most classical industry, yet was fortunate enough to meet a group of peers who believed in hard work, and focus. Fully accepted as a friend and team mate his loyalty and commitment placed him firmly as a key member within those brigades.
A book for the youth of today who want to join an industry which has never seen so much exposure and interest as in the present time. This journey shows what you can do if you persist, believe in yourself and treat each obstacle
as hurdle in a race to be simply jumped over.