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Marcus Off Duty Nominated for a James Beard Award

By Becca Cory | March 24, 2015

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Off  Duty Cover

Exciting news: my latest cookbook, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, was just nominated for a James Beard Award! It is such an honor to see this book, full inspiration from friends and family and my reflections on chasing flavors, recognized by an organization as celebrated as the James Beard Foundation.

The nominations were announced this morning; Marcus Off Duty is one of three nominees in the General Cooking category. The full list of James Beard Foundation Book Awards nominees is below.



2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2014. Winners will be announced on April 24, 2015 at the Book,Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner on April 24th at Pier Sixty here in New York.

American Cooking

Sean Brock

The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes
Erin Byers Murray and Jeremy Sewall
(Rizzoli New York)

Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State
Terry Thompson-Anderson
(University of Texas Press)


Baking and Dessert

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere
Dorie Greenspan
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Della Fattoria Bread: 63 Foolproof Recipes for Yeasted, Enriched & Naturally Leavened Breads
Kathleen Weber

Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours
Alice Medrich



Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan
(Ten Speed Press)

Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail
Dave Arnold
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes
Talia Baiocchi
(Ten Speed Press)


Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes
Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns
(Chronicle Books)

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef
Massimo Bottura
(Phaidon Press)

Relæ: A Book of Ideas
Christian F. Puglisi
(Ten Speed Press)


Focus on Health

A Change of Appetite: Where Healthy Meets Delicious
Diana Henry
(Mitchell Beazley)

Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing
Keith Schroeder
(Oxmoor House)

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
Henry Fong and Michelle Tam
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)


General Cooking

The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking
Faith Durand and Sara Kate Gillingham
(Clarkson Potter)

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home
Marcus Samuelsson
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook
The Editors of Saveur
(Weldon Owen)



The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History
Ana Sofía Peláez
(St. Martin’s Press)

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
David Lebovitz
(Ten Speed Press)

Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition
David Sterling
(University of Texas Press)


In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World
Gabriele Galimberti
(Clarkson Potter)

A New Napa Cuisine
Photographer: Jen Munkvold and Taylor Peden
(Ten Speed Press)

Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes
Photographer: Ed Anderson
(Ten Speed Press)


Reference and Scholarship

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
Adam Danforth
(Storey Publishing)

Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet
Amy Bentley
(University of California Press)

The Spice & Herb Bible (Third Edition)
Ian and Kate Hemphill
(Robert Rose)


Single Subject

Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes
Jennifer McLagan
(Ten Speed Press)

Charcutería: The Soul of Spain
Jeffrey Weiss
(Agate Surrey)

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient
Michael Ruhlman
(Little, Brown and Company)


Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well
Amy Chaplin
(Roost Books)

Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetarian Dinner Parties: 150 Meatless Meals Good Enough to Serve to Company
Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein
(Rodale Books)


Writing and Literature

The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food
Ted Genoways
(HarperCollins Publishers)

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu
Dan Jurafsky
(W. W. Norton & Company)

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
Dan Barber
(Penguin Press)

The winner of the Cookbook of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee will be announced on April 24, 2015.





Recap: Celebrating Chefs Deliver Anniversary with Citymeals

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 23, 2015

Celebrating Citymeals' Chefs Deliver

On Tuesday, February 17th, Chef Daniel Boulud, Herb Karlitz and I all helped Citymeals commemorate the first anniversary of Chefs Deliver by delivering meals to our homebound elderly neighbors in Harlem. The day’s menu was a collaboration between Chef Boulud and myself – fried yard bird, greens and grits plus apple and raspberry clafoutis.Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud celebrate Citymeal's' Chefs Deliver by bringing members of the Harlem elderly community freshly prepared meals.

We started the day off at Red Rooster, where we announced that tickets were officially on sale for Harlem EatUp! – a new, 4-day festival in May celebrating the food, culture, and community of one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods. Citymeals is one of two charity beneficiaries of the events, including:

  • Dinners: Come Dine In Harlem where acclaimed chefs will create distinctive dining experiences inspired by the unique feel today’s Uptown landscape.
  • Harlem Talks: Panel discussions featuring celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, artists and more, including Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene.
  • Culinary Demos: Fun chef-led events to teach you tricks of the trade, new cooking techniques, or how to make a new favorite dish.
  • Walk-Around Tastings: On Saturday, Harlem’s food, art and culture will converge in Morningside Park with The Stroll. Return the next day for A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem with fare inspired by the home of the “Gospel Brunch.”

Overall, the day was a huge success. Citymeals is an incredible organization – I’m proud to be one of their many supporters in the chef community. Stay tuned for more info on the Harlem EatUp! festival coming this spring!

EventsGinny's Superclub

Terrance McKnight Comes to Ginny’s Salon Series

By Becca Cory | February 21, 2015


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On Thursday, March 5th, join me at Ginny’s Supper Club for the latest installment of the Ginny’s Salon Series. Starting at 7:30pm, we’ll spend the night in conversation with musical talent Terrance McKnight about his experiences and how he is able to keep his work relevant today.

Terrance McKnight is currently the WQXR weekday evening host, and previously the host of former Saturday evening program, All Ears With Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. His musical experiences — from glee club soloist and accomplished pianist, to professor at Morehouse College, and finally as producer and host of several music programs for public radio — have consistently juxtaposed the European Classical tradition alongside American classic traditions, such as jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.

Careers Through Culinary Arts Program Fundraiser

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 20, 2015

Your Favorite Cooking Videos

Your Favorite Cooking Videos

I first began my career as a chef at a local culinary school in Sweden. I’ve come a long way since then, but I will never forget how I got started…that’s why I’m so proud to be involved with Careers Through Culinary Arts. The program hugely impacts the lives of underserved teenagers by helping them build careers in the culinary industry through education and career opportunities. In honor of the its 25th anniversary I want to raise $25,000 to help C-CAP continue this great work!

By making a donation you’ll not only be supporting a great cause – you’ll also be getting a chance to learn some new cooking skills yourself! Soon, I’ll be whipping up a fresh batch of how-to videos, so donate what you can – even if it’s just a dollar! – and leave your video suggestion in the comment field. If I pick your idea, I’ll give you a shoutout in the video! Now’s your chance to ask me how to slice, dice, flip, fry, finish or season …

If you’re feeling extra generous, donate $50+ and I’ll send you a secret recipe that’s not in any of my cookbooks. For the first 20 people who donate $150, you’ll also get a signed Marcus Off Duty cookbook – and I’ll even tell you which dish I think you should cook first. And, for those who really want to splurge on this very worthy cause…if you are the first person to donate $5,000 I will personally host a private game night with delicious food and drinks for you and nine friends at The Coop in my new restaurant, Streetbird Rotisserie. By the way, I’m really good at foosball so come prepared.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and for helping to support these dedicated youths realize their dreams.


Recap: Streetbird Pop-Up

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 6, 2015

Streetbird popup on LES

I had a ton of fun on Tuesday night at the Streetbird pop-up on the Lower East Side. I  loved meeting all the different people who stopped by; it was the first time I’d gotten to test out the recipes for a crowd, and it was great getting to hear their thoughts.


We started the meal off with Bird Broth and Maria’s Tack Tack for the table. Next up, was our Roasted Chicken, Sho Nuff Noodles, and Notti Greens. Everything was served family style. Possibly the biggest hit of the night were the Sweet Dogs – a brioche dessert filled with spiced almond paste, whipped cream, and red velvet sauce.

You can check out our playlist from the pop-up on Spotify, and make sure to stay tuned for more news Streetbird. Thank you to Maria, the owner of El Maguey y La Tuna, and to everyone else who helped make the pop-up a huge success!


Join us for the StreetBird Pop-Up!

By Becca Cory | February 2, 2015

Streetbird popup Invitation

Join me tomorrow night, February 3rd, for a pop-up on the Lower East Side. I’ll be testing out new recipes for my new restaurant Streetbird, set to open this spring.  Come for a taste from  7-10pm at El Maguey y La Tuna.

insta pop up invite

El Maguey y La Tuna
321 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002



About Last NightThe Taste

Recap: The Taste Finale Viewing Party

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 23, 2015


I had a great time last night at The Taste Finale Viewing Party at Ginny’s Supper Club. I couldn’t be prouder of Team Marcus for bringing their passion and determination to the competition and taking home the win.


Last night, I got to cook for the party with Gabe and Tristan from Team Marcus. In keeping with the theme of the night, we prepared a few different “tastes” of our own like Tristen’s Duck Meatball and Citrus-Cured Hamachi. I’m definitely looking forward to having Tristen as a part of the Red Rooster team.

Congratulations to Gabe, and all the other chef-testants – it was an incredible season.



The Taste

The Taste is Back for Season 3!

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 9, 2014

Tune in Thursdays at 8pm to watch Marucs Samuelsson, Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, and Ludo Lefebvre as judges/mentors on Abc's The Taste.

I’m thrilled to announce that The Taste is back on ABC for it’s 3rd season! Last week was just the beginning: mentors Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain, and I all picked our teams. This week, the real competition begins. In case you missed last week’s episode, you can still watch it here on ABC.the taste

This year’s batch of contestants is amazing (you can get to know them here), and the lineup of guest mentors/judges is unbelievable – you can expect appearances from culinary all-stars Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon, and Eric Ripert, just to name a few. Plus, we’ve added an exciting new twist to up the competition: a sudden death blind-tasting round, judged by our weekly guest mentors.

You can catch The Taste on Thursday nights on ABC at 8pm , and don’t forget to root for #TeamMarcus!

Book Tour

Marcus Off Duty Book Tour!

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 8, 2014



I’m excited to announce the upcoming book tour for my new book, Marcus off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. 

Below are the scheduled dates & locations. I hope to see you there!  Please check back regularly for changes and additions

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Featured Recipe

More Recipes

Meet the Team

About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger