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Yes, Chef: A Memoir
By Marcus Samuelsson
(Random House, $26)

From Ethiopian orphan to world-renowned chef — those are the two end points people connect to Marcus Samuelsson. This engaging memoir, however, takes readers on the incredible journey in between. Samuelsson recounts his high-profile triumphs: achieving culinary fame at age 24; preparing the White House state dinner; opening his celebrated Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster. But he also shares the private struggles — unplanned fatherhood, prejudice, a search for identity — that fueled his determination and pushed him to reconnect with his roots. His devotion to food and family underlies a tale that’s as unique, bold and enticing as Samuelsson’s cooking itself.