Cookbook Club and Happy Hour~~ YES CHEF! by Marcus Samuelsson

Join us for another wonderful HH as we discuss Marcus Samuelsson memoir....Yes, Chef!

"One of the great culinary stories of our time".....Dwight Garner, The New York Times

It begins with a simple ritual:  Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner.  The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic.  The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up the become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson.  This book is his love letter to food and family in all it's manifestations.  YES, CHEF chronicles Samuelsson's journey, from his grandmothers kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Time's three star rating at the age of 24.  But Samuelsson's career of chasing flavors had only just begun----in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career  crises, reality show triumps (Winner Top Chef Masters), numerous other awards including several James Beard awards, and most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem.  At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room--a restaurant that serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the local food scene.  Chef Marcus brings his passion for food to the neighborhood he calls home...(sidenote....along with 10 other restaurants both here and abroad).

With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up and his failures---the price of ambition, in human terms--and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew.  YES CHEF is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors--one man's struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.'s how we will "roll":

1.   Meetup up PROMPTLY at 5:15 at the restaurant (HH menu available until 6 pm).

2.    Please have read the book in it's ENTIRETY.....just does't work if participants have not read the entire book.  YC can be purchased on Amazon for about 7.00 used as is also available through Kindle.....or possibly for rent at the local library?

3.    Please bring CASH as it makes splitting the bill soooooo much easier.

4.     You must have a recognizable picture of yourself on the website so I know who to look for.....Newbies are don't be shy :-)~~

5.     Fee is $7.50.  $5.00 will be handed back to you at the event.  2.50 goes to cover web and meetup fees as I don't charge yearly or "joining fee"......This also helps GREATLY reduce "the dreaded no-shows".....thanks for understanding :-).

6.      Irving Street Kitchen is as close as I could get to Chef Samuellson restaurant concept in Harlem without getting too too $$$.  HH menu includes such things as Cajun Fries with Rosemay Aioli/ Salumi, Butter and Cornichons/ Fried Pickles with Spciy Creme Fraiche/ Smoked Tasso Jambalaya/  Meatballs with Green Peppercorn Sauce and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes/ Pickle Plate and more.....all priced between $5 and $7.  PBR's are 2.00.....HH Wine is 6.00....special cocktail is 5.00.....and of course there is a very large regular menu you can choose from too~~!

Hope you can come out and join us......our Cookbook Club discussions are ALWAYS very fun, inclusive and DELICIOUS~~!!



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  • jakki

    Great time!!! Lively discussion...great food....wonderful company!! Thank you ladies for a LOVELY evening!!!!!

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had so much fun discussing the book with this great group! Thanks Jakki for sharing your butterscotch pudding.

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jakki, I will be a little late this evening. It will likely take me 30-45 minutes to get there from work. Please start without me, I'll be there as soon as I can!

    November 13, 2013

  • Debbie

    If an opening occurs I'd love to attend!

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to Red Rooster when in New York last month - yummy!!!

    October 3, 2013

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