by Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson chronicles his odyssey from his birth in Ethiopia, being orphaned at age 3, being adopted (along with his sister) by a couple in Sweden, and eventually becoming one of the world's most renowned chefs. His story is well written, emotional, and doesn't gloss over mistakes and poor choices. It is full of dreams that didn't work out (he originally wanted to be a professional soccer player, restaurant concepts that didn't take off), family lost and found, travel, hard work and determination, and how he finally found his place in the United States, and opened the restaurant he'd been dreaming of in Harlem. Chef Samuelssson's story will make you want to try his food, sure, but it will also give you a deep appreciation of the hard work he has done to become the chef and the man he wants to be.