Books: Make It Messy, My Perfectly Imperfect Life By Marcus Samuelsson

harlem world magazine big logoIn this inspirational autobiography, Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Based on his highly praised adult memoir, Yes, Chef, this young adult edition includes an 8-page black-and-white family photo insert.

Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who caught the attention of the culinary world at the age of twenty-five, when he became the youngest person ever to receive a three-star review from the New York Times for his work at the New York City restaurant Aquavit. His iconic restaurant Red Rooster Harlem celebrates the roots of American cuisine in one of New York City’s liveliest and most culturally rich neighborhoods.

Marcus has written several cookbooks, as well as the New York Times bestseller and James Beard Award-winning memoir Yes, Chef. He was a winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Food Network’s Chopped All-Stars. He was honored to be a guest chef at the White House, where he planned and executed the Obama administration’s first state dinner, for the first family, the prime minister of India, and four hundred guests.

Marcus lives with his wife, Maya, in Harlem. He plays soccer on weekends and is constantly on the search for the best street food around.

“‘Step up to the challenge; don’t avoid it. Win or lose, take the shot.’ Samuelsson neatly serves up inspiration and food for thought.”–Kirkus Reviews

Co-author Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama’s Girl. She has written more than a dozen books for young readers, including Plus and the Amigas series. You can visit her online at

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