I am pleased to officially announce our August/September Cook the Books reading selection:
Yes, Chef, by Marcus Samuelsson.
You may know Chef Marcus Samuelsson from
hearing about his New York restaurant Red Rooster or his time as head
chef at Aquavit or from appearances on Top Chef and Iron Chef, but I
found the story of his youth tremendously interesting in his memoir, Yes, Chef.
Marcus was born in rural Ethiopia and when he and his mother and older
sister contracted tuberculosis in a 1973 epidemic, his mother walked 75
miles with her children to a hospital in the capital city of Addis
Ababa, where she unfortunately succumbed to the disease. Marcus and his
sister were adopted by a Swedish family, where he squeezed in Saturday
cooking lessons with his grandmother, Helga, when he wasn't on the
soccer field. A sports career didn't pan out, so he poured his extensive
energies into cooking school and various apprenticeships at world-class
hotels and restaurants around Europe.
Samuelsson is passionate about "chasing
flavors", and experimenting with ingredients and cuisines from around
the globe, and I learned a lot about layering taste and texture in
dishes from this book. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did.
As always, we welcome anyone to join our band of regulars in reading this great foodie book, blogging about it and cooking up something inspired from its pages. Just let me know that you have posted by our deadline below either by leaving a comment here or by sending me an email at: info@oldsaratogabooks dot coM.
Submissions due: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
-Rachel, The Crispy Cook