Marcus Off Duty

Marcus Off Duty

The Recipes I Cook at Home

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780470940587
Branch Call Number: 641.5 Sam
Characteristics: 352 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour)


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ksoles Nov 15, 2014

From receiving two three-star New York Times ratings at Aquavit to winning "Top Chef Masters Season 2" to serving as guest chef for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration to opening Harlem's acclaimed Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson has impressed food lovers with culinary fusion for two decades. His new book, "Marcus off Duty," however, strays from fussier restaurant cuisine and focuses on home-cooked, casual fare.

Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden and schooled in kitchens across Europe, Samuelsson's recipes meld the flavours of Africa, the Caribbean, Italy and America to produce exciting dishes like dill-spiced salmon, coconut-lime curried chicken, chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala and peanut noodles with slaw. Throughout the book, the author displays his passion for sharing this blend of culinary traditions, asserting that learning how to cook is the most liberating thing you can do. Many of his dishes have vegetables or grains as their main component instead of more expensive proteins and show how to use acidity and spice to make affordable food delicious.

In an interview, Samuelson quipped, "If you know how to cook, it’s really like dancing — once you have the basic rhythm you know where to go from that." Hence, each chapter of this unique cookbook includes a playlist, recommended music to get your mind and body into the culinary groove. Cooking becomes a natural vocabulary, then, and eating healthier smoothly follows suit.

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