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By Marcus Samuelsson | November 5, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson appears LIVE on Kelly and Michael and makes a "Swediopian" Sweet Potato Mash

I had such a good time appearing on Kelly & Michael in Washington, DC last week. They challenged me to make a dish using the beautiful fall Sweet Potato. I went “Swediopian” with it, adding some Ethiopian Berbere, keeping it chunky, and serving it with Swedish Meatballs and a Raw Kale Salad. This side dish would be a great way to add some flavor to any fall meal. Try it for Thanksgiving for a new take on a classic.

Get the recipe for my Chunky Mashed Sweet Potatoes here!

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Parts Unknown: Ethiopia

By Raquel Jacquez | November 2, 2015


Thank you to CNN, Food Republic, and Tadias Magazine for giving me the opportunity to highlight the behind the scenes moments of Anthony Bourdain’s episode of “Parts Unknown” featuring Ethiopia at Ginny’s Supper Club a few weeks ago.

When the episode went live, Maya and I were thrilled at the response from viewers all over the world.  Thank you for your outpour of support and we hope that you enjoyed watching as we traveled throughout Ethiopia from Addis Adaba to Maya’s family’s village.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures from the filming of the episode.










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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

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Home is Where the Cook Is

By | December 30, 2013

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Jamie and her boys preparing pan fried chicken fingers.

With the continuing rise of celebrity chefs and cheftestants on TV,we cannot forget the amazing home cooks who aren’t looking to win the big cash prize. They’re just looking to prepare good food for their family and friends. One such person is Jamie Rhoden, a mother of two growing boys who has been teaching her children how to cook ever since they could eat solid food. With Jamaican and Puerto Rican roots, the Harlem resident encourages her boys to taste every kind of cuisine to expose their palates to different flavors, making sure they know the difference between a bell pepper and chili pepper, and how to prepare fresh food that is healthy and delicious. Read More

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New York African Restaurant Week

By Christopher Stewart | October 17, 2013

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African, Restaurant Week, Red Rooster Harlem, recipes

Culture and food go hand in hand, and it has always played a major role in the way people eat. Food brings people together and once cultures cross, more and more people want to know and learn about, not only the food, but the people and things that make the food special. New York City is the home of diversity and it’s only natural to want to embrace culture and food when here. Everyday when you enter the doors of Red Rooster Harlem, you never know what cultures you will find. One day you maybe having lunch next to a born and bred New Yorker, and when you come back for dinner you may dine next to someone from Australia. This is whats so great about culture, you learn something everyday. Read More

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Recipe Remix: Cured Fish

By Christopher Stewart | September 26, 2013

Photo: Renée S. Suen
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Photo: Lynn G.

Tradition and culture can be found in some  of the most unexpected places, this standing true for lox and other cured fish. What is seen as a traditional brunch menu item to some actually dates back to several different cultures and eras, yet it still gives us a delicious mash up of flavors and textures. When brunch comes around, a bagel and lox seems like the go to, but lox and other smoked fish can actually be used at dinner time as well, just ask Marcus who grew up eating smoked and cured fish in Sweden. As NPR: The Salt and The NY Times puts the spotlight on bagels and lox, transforming these items into a everyday meal, you can turn your next weekend gathering with a new delicious menu. Smoked fish like sable and trout, and accompaniments like capers, thinly sliced red onions, farmers market tomatoes, and other fresh produce are a great meal any time of the day. Read More

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What’s in Season, Right Now: 10 Recipes

By Christopher Stewart | September 15, 2013


seasonal, summer, farmers market, Red Rooster Harlem

With the first day of Autumn coming up soon, we actually still have an abundance of summer produce late into the month of September. This month, farmers markets are still packed to the rim with summer produce and to hold onto the taste of summer a little longer, there are plenty of recipes to be treasured. In the month of September apples, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, grapes, peppers, plums, pears, raspberries, and tomatoes are all in season, and the menu at Red Rooster Harlem highlights several of these ingredients with Chili Cucumbers, Sweet Corn Soup, and Summer Pasta with crushed tomatoes. If you can’t make it to Red Rooster this week, you can still enjoy eating seasonally with these 10 recipes to make with what’s in season right now.  Read More

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Forget the Olive: Alternative Oils to Add to Your Pantry

By Tawnya Manion | September 3, 2013

tofu udon

One of Marcus’s main focuses in cooking is finding great alternatives. Maybe it’s substituting chickpeas for steak one night, or maybe it’s using an African spice where an Asian or Latin one is commonly used. Most of us have a staple of diverse oils that we use for specific cooking purposes—sesame for stir-fries, olive for Italian food and salads, canola for frying, and coconut for curry–but it’s important to know what oil options are out there, and what flavor they add to a dish. Fats posses a bad reputation in our flabby-phobic society; however, people forget that oils high in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids protects us from a variety of different ailments including heart disease and inflammation. Read More


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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


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Eatery Social Taqueria
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Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
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American Table Brasserie and Bar
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