Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

Oct 20, 2012

Book Review: Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

Description from Goodreads:
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. 

My thoughts:
Marcus Samuelsson has always been a favorite judge of mine on Food Network's, Chopped. I really loved reading this book about him because he has such an interesting life story and it shows how hard he worked to get to where he is today.  He had a great childhood growing up in Sweden and I found the experiences he had working in the food industry in various countries very interesting. He eventually made his way to America and found success, hitting a few speed bumps along the way.

I love food and this book definitely showed me that I never want to work in a restaurant setting. The stress and craziness chef's go through on a daily basis is not for everyone. I will just stick to my food blogging. This book is great overall and I found myself interested right until the end. 

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars


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