RM Book Lounge: Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

I’ve always been fascinated by the grueling world of the culinary arts, and what it takes to become a famous chef.  Of course, if it’s anything like Top Chef on Bravo, I’m probably better off in my outdated apartment kitchen – there’s a little less pressure.  For Marcus Samuelsson in his memoir Yes, Chef, pressure is just part of the game.  The chef has overcome pretty much unheard of obstacles (a tuberculosis epidemic?!) throughout his life, but managed to rise to acclaim while still quite young.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

“Samuelsson chronicles his journey in an elegantly written new memoir, “Yes, Chef,” the reflexive response every restaurant underling learns to utter, no matter how tedious or difficult the request. It is a remarkable story, tracing his path from near death in a tuberculosis epidemic — his mother carried the 3-year-old and his sister 75 miles to an Addis Ababa hospital before she succumbed — to celebrity chef.” Devra First, The Boston Globe

“Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir Yes, Chef…reads like a riveting novel about a scrappy, ambitious, brilliant, charming orphan who makes his way in the world, rises to the top of his profession, marries his dream girl, and finds his true home.” -Kate Christensen, Elle Magazine

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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