On Sale: June 26, 2012
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It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a
boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and
helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The
grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is
Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the
world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love
letter to food and family in all its manifestations.
Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his
mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked
seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital
city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the
disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister
recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a
loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was
there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a
lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried
herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast
chicken. From a very early age, there was little question
what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.
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.
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