Thursday, September 06, 2012
I recently finished Marcus Samuelsson's memoir, Yes, Chef, and it's an excellent read. I loved reading about how he came up in the world of professional kitchens and how he grew into the chef he is today. Samuelsson writes about a time that wasn't that long ago, yet is so far away. As a young chef he writes letters to French restaurants hoping to secure a position in their kitchens and later he tells of receiving an advance fax of a review of one of his restaurants -- it all seems so far removed from today's high speed, instant communication world. He also writes about t time before the dawn of the celebrity chef and does a great job of painting a picture of the very hard work that all chefs must do, whether they are famous or not. Even if you're not curious about the restaurant world, his life story is compelling.