Yes, Chef - Marcus Samuelsson

Staff Pick

Marcus Samuelsson’s life is extraordinary even without his extraordinary talent. Orphaned in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden by his adoptive parents, passionate about soccer but small too advance, he turns to food and finds an identity. He then travels the world, ultimately creating a unique style blending Swedish, French, and African cuisines. He tells his story honestly, sharing the joys and pains of the kitchen, including being one of the few faces of color in European Kitchens. Also shared are his personal triumphs and failures, including his abandonment by his birth father, his abandonment of his own child, his later attempt to correct that mistake, and his own reconnect ion with his father and his Ethiopian roots. Much like Marcus Samuelsson's plates, there is a lot of good things going on this book.

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ISBN: 9780385342612
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 21st, 2013

Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing - Sandra M. Gilbert, Roger Porter

In the preface to Eating Words (W.W. Norton, $35), Ruth Reichl says, “We are living in the golden age of food writing.” This spruce anthology, edited by Sandra M. Gilbert and Roger J. Porter, will confirm that assertion. It features the most inclusive selection of food writing that I have encountered. Of course (and thank goodness!) authors like Michael Pollan, Julia Child, and M.F.K. Fisher all make appearances here, but there are also selections from writers not typically identified with culinary literature. Wendell Berry talks to us about the pleasures of eating and connecting to the world. Seamus Heaney’s poem “Oysters” will evoke unexpected feelings for an invertebrate—think David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster, which, as it happens, is also featured here. Erica Jong’s thoughts about the introspective onion will move you to tears. Whether you are new to food literature or are a frequent consumer, your hunger for food lit will be satisfied here.

Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing By Sandra M. Gilbert (Editor), Roger J. Porter (Editor), Ruth Reichl (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sandra M. Gilbert (Editor), Roger J. Porter (Editor), Ruth Reichl (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393239843
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 26th, 2015

Food Rules - Michael Pollan

One of Pollan's more concise books, Food Rules offers health-conscious readers with brief yet life-changing snippets of insight regarding commonly held stereotypes in terms of food and nutrition. Key recommendations include the importance of whole, raw, and/or organic foods, with wisdom such as "Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state." Pollan consequently raises awareness of consumers' tendency to overlook the dangers we put ourselves in with our food and lifestyle choices.

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ISBN: 9780143116387
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2009