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Superstar chef and emerging media mogul Marcus Samuelsson spent five years working on his new memoir Yes, Chef. “My journey inspired me,” says Samuelsson. “The people of my community, my past and where I want my future to go.” In an exclusive chat with Food & Wine Facebook fans this week, the owner of Harlem’s Red Rooster revealed insight into his new book and shared his blueprint for a stress-free July 4th party—with a great playlist.
What's one of your favorite stories in the book?
Wow, there's so many that are my favorite. I think any story involving cooking with my Mormor [grandmother] Helga are the best. I can still see her standing in the kitchen teaching me how to cook her roast chicken, breaking down every ingredient and explaining to me why we should preserve every bit of the bird.
What was the hardest part of Yes, Chef to write?
I think any time I wrote about my father. He didn't get to experience my success and it was painful to think about how much I miss him.