Let me begin this review by saying that you do not have to be a “foodie” to enjoy Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson. Because this is so much more than the story of a chef, or what it takes to be a chef. Marcus Samuelsson is such a nice guy. He is the kind of person you wish you had for a friend.
He tells his story in simple, honest terms. What is like to grow up as an adopted child in Sweden. Not just an adopted child, but a child adopted from Ethiopia. The racial stereotypes that he has had to overcome. The gratitude that he feels towards his adopted parents. This is a man who appreciates what life has given him. He is not afraid to share the good and the bad.
When one of his restaurants fail, he doesn’t point fingers or blame others. When he goes back to Ethiopia to see his biological father, he takes you as the reader along with him. When he competes on “Top Chef” you feel like you are right there along with him competing.
This is such a refreshing memoir. I really hated for it to end.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my mom!