by Marcus Samuelsson
The bright young star chef and creator of the Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson tells his life story in everyday words, giving it a simple and straight impact. Born in Ethiopia, orphaned, and barely surviving tuberculosis as a two-year-old, Marcus was adopted by a Swedish couple.
The influence of his mormor (Swedish grandma) got him into the kitchen at an early age. He grew up preparing meals with her on a regular basis and eventually went on to culinary school. He seriously pursues this vocation, taking every chance to polish his skills and learn new techniques. Along the way, he makes a few mistakes in his personal life. He is open and honest about it all.
If you love good food, this book will definitely interest you. But even if you aren’t a weekend gourmet, the story of Marcus’ life will draw you in. I read it in one and a half days!