Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

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!


Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I checked this out of the library and it's sitting on my coffee table, unopened, as I write. Thanks for the nice review Pam.

lostpastremembered said...

I know, can you believe his story? An Ethiopian in Sweden? You can't make that stuff up. I went to Aquavit once and liked it but still haven't been up to Harlem to try his place up there... it sounds so good!

Looks like I need to get this book!!

La Table De Nana said...

I really really like him too..I have always found him just so nice and unpretentious.
Yes thanks for the review..and HB to your mom:) Lucky lucky you.

Amy said...

I had the pleasure of meeting him last year and he is unbelievably warm and charming in person. Very "real." Not surprised his book conveyed that. Need to get me copy...

Barbara said...

Great review, Pam.
I've always loved Marcus, especially since he used to be chef at one of my favorite NYC restaurants....Aquavit. I don't go anymore...he's not there.

Kyle said...

Happy birthday to your mom!
I enjoyed your book review. I might have to get that book out of the library now!