Yes, Chef: A Memoir - Marcus Samuelsson I've been reading a lot of chef memoirs recently. While enjoyable enough to read all the way through, Yes, Chef seems just a little bit too smug and self-serving. Most book in this genre include a few recipes, but Yes, Chef does not. And it suffers as a result.

Marcus makes a big deal about his cookbook "The Soul of a New Cuisine" being revolutionary and bringing unknown recipes to the American public. Perhaps because I already cook a lot of Middle Eastern food, and North African and Middle Eastern foodways overlap, I found many of the recipes in Soul of a New Cuisine to be things that are already common dishes in my house, rather than revolutionary new ideas.