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I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. It was well written, and interesting. I've seen Marcus Samuelsson on cooking shows and always wondered about his Swedish background, so when the book came out, I thought I would find out the rest of the story. His book is honest and candid. The journey he takes from his beginnings in Ethiopia to the Red Rooster in Harlem are clearly explained. His adoption at age three to a Swedish couple who wanted a son and who were willing to also adopt his sister to keep the children together is a life-changing event. His grandmother got him started with his love for food and food preparation. His journey from her kitchen to his own kitchen in New York is fascinating. The story is well-told, honest, and fascinating. It was hard to put the book down. It is not a book filled with recipes, but rather about his evolution as a chef as he learns about flavors and develops his own signature dishes. Professionally he talks about what it's like to be one of the few black chefs, and what it takes to become a successful chef. On a personal level he talks about his families--his biological family and the family who raises him, his child, his marriage. I came away with new knowledge about him personally, and more appreciation of chefs in general. Someday I hope to visit New York and try his restaurant. Meanwhile, I will enjoy watching him on cooking shows!