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Marcus Off Duty Nominated for a James Beard Award

By Becca Cory | March 24, 2015

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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.




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Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 9, 2014

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home
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–   Barnes and Noble   –   Indiebound

Since publishing my last cookbook, New American Table, so much has happened. I have cooked for the President of the United States at his first State Dinner, I have opened my dream restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, I have written my memoir Yes,Chef and joined the group of mentors on ABC’s The Taste. Read More


Black History Month: A Look Back at African-American Cookbooks

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 28, 2014

what mrs fisher knows

what mrs fisher knows

I’m a firm believer that one of the best ways to learn about a culture is through food. For those of us who can’t travel, can’t physically break bread with the originators we have to rely on shared traditions.  Growing up in Sweden, I had little reference point for American cooking, let alone African American cooking so when I finally moved to the States, I studied everything and ate anything I could.  Nowadays, most Europeans know that the only food that is intrinsically American is Southern food; African American cuisine.  These books below are some of the greats; the ones that tell the story and fill the bellies the best.

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Off The Shelf: Salad for Dinner

By Christopher Stewart | April 22, 2013

Salad for Dinner
salad for dinner, fresh and healthy

Get fresh and light for dinner with this great cookbook.

I know some people are not fans of salad. Some believe it’s not a filling meal, others say it’s too healthy, and a few say it’s too expensive.  I don’t fit into any of these categories. I love eating fresh crisp salads whether it be for a light lunch or a satisfying dinner. Jeanne Kelley, food editor and author of  “Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for all Seasons”  has compiled a vibrant cookbook, dedicated to everything salad. Starting off, what do you need to enjoy a great salad… none of than fresh greens. With the first section in the book appropriately titled, “A Salad Primer”  you will learn the definition and origins of salad greens, herbs, and foraged greens like chickweed, dandelion greens and wood sorrel, and also what should accompany these lettuces. Read More


Off the Shelf: Chef Recipes Made Easy

By Christopher Stewart | April 8, 2013

Warm Camembert

Warm Camembert w/ Wild Mushroom Fricassee from Chefs Recipes Made Easy

Everyone wishes that they could cook like a chef. From the simplest thing like a salad with four ingredients all the way down to a a flawless and delicious Thanksgiving dinner spread, everything chefs put on a plate seems to look amazing. The lettuce for salad pile perfectly on top of one another, nothing is bland and everything is cooked evenly. This magical world of perfect food is not happening in everyday home cooks kitchens and help is very much needed. Read More


Off the Shelf: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

By Christopher Stewart | March 6, 2013

wine book

In this new series we explore the books, new and old, that sit on our conference bookshelf. 

Wine has been around for thousands of years but now more than ever, wine is popular through out the entire world. Known wine regions such as the United States and Europe are where people generally go to when searching for a great bottle of wine, but now, other countries are producing wines that are gaining major recognition from wine enthusiasts, sommeliers, and chefs,  even down to the amateur wine drinker. Wines of the Southern Hemisphere: The Complete Guide  by known world wine guys Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen have put together a 592-page guide to everything you need to know about wines below the equator. Read More


Off the Shelf: The Modern Vegetarian

By Christopher Stewart | February 13, 2013

Photo courtesy of KyleBooks

Photo courtesy of KyleBooks

 In this new series we explore the books, new and old, that sit on our conference bookshelf. 

In the era of  all things food, the word “vegetarian” still shakes people up a bit. Vegetables are still getting a pretty bad wrap, even with the continual rise of more and more people becoming vegetarians, the success of upscale, all-vegetarian restaurants, and the world wide consumer love of Meatless Monday. Contrary to what some believe, you can be vegetarian and continue to experience bold flavors, new textures and have filling lunches, dinners, snacks and everything else in between. Read More

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Off The Shelf: A Look Back to 1987

By Christopher Stewart | February 6, 2013

Chef Drawings

A plating sketch from 1987 from Paul Mooney, sent to Marcus

Living in a world full of food, chefs and restaurants can be quite delicious. With so many new techniques, heirloom foods, and the rise of the young chef, its always a great day to eat. With the climb of cooking in all art forms, brought along the rapid popularity of cookbooks. Cookbooks have always been popular, dating back to “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Childs and “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer. These two cookbooks paved the way in the culinary world and are still holding ground amongst some of the best. Read More


Uniting Families Through Food: Book Review of The Kimchi Chronicles

By admin | February 24, 2012


By: Marnely Rodriguez

As much as I’d love to travel to Korea and eat amazing food, that’s not a current possibility right this second. Thus, I live vicariously though Marja Vongerichten’s cookbook, The Kimchi Chronicles. I fell in love with Korean food during culinary school and having a Korean best friend fed this addiction. Her roommate wouldn’t allow kimchi in their dorm room, so at my place was her secret stash. I of course allowed kimchi in my room- the more, the merrier!

Two years later and everytime I’ve run into a Korean restaurant, I’ve got to stop, sit, and enjoy a meal. Nothing beats the fiery and fermented flavors of the Korean kitchen, and the rituals just make it even more delicious. Having 10 to 20 small dishes before your main course arrives is foodie heaven, right?

Through the eyes of Marja, we discover a Korea unknown but familiar Read More


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