I enjoy attending lecture series of legends and greats in their art. The other night I attended a “Live Talks” food and wine event at Beverly Hills’ All Saints’ church. The inside has always been so clean and lucid, a natural approach. There was a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and recipes. While there, I listened to a great chef that I have followed for many years, Marcus Samuelsson. He spoke of his latest cook book, Marcus off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. The book is full of yummy instructions on how to create his masterpieces. There are a variety of dishes that all can relate to. The book is beautifully crafted with images and little personal stories. It is a great reference.
Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and Former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. Did you know that he is the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times! Wow, what a great accomplishment. And, speaking of accomplishments…as a mother, my greatest are my children. I speak and build for them. Nothing can measure up to the love of a child. They help one FOCUS and GROW through all the trolls that lurk and live to offend trail-blazers. Jealously is a green-eyed and sometimes black -eyed monster and I have light-brown, touché.
Nevertheless, he had a great turn out. He was very gracious and complementary. And, I can’t wait to see and speak with him again. His other cook books include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, New American Table, and a memoir entitled, Yes! Chef.
Incidentally, Lourdes wants to be a chef and Mr. Samuelsson is a great male for a young girl-child to follow. I am very interested in keeping up with his Three Goats Organization in regard to providing clean water to many Africans that desperately need the natural resource. I know from personal experience, building a foundation isn’t an easy task, especially when road-blocks are presented to determined individuals.
Until next time, Bless-up