Our Harlem
Make an audio pilgrimage to Harlem with Ethiopian and Swedish chef, TV personality. and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, and get to know the food, history, music, and. . .most importantly . . .the people of an iconic neighborhood that Marcus knows as his home and the home of his Red Rooster restaurant.Special guests join Marcus each day of the week to cook, sip cocktails and make their Harlem our Harlem including Melba Wilson, Jelani Cobb, Bevy Smith, Kievin Young, for starters.For Wednesday, with writer Jenani Cobb, Marcus will recreate the short ribs he made for President Obama's fundraiser at the Red Rooster and discuss the significance of the first African American President. With food historian Jessica Harris, Marcus will discover the African and Southern roots of his ingredients. He'll make fried chicken with Harlem's very own Charles Gabriel and visit La Marqueta with Harlem native, Aurora Flores.You'll learn about Harlem's amazing history, diversity, and current vibrant life and the institutions that are the pillars of the neighborhood. . .the Apollo theater, the Studio Museum and the Schomburg Center. Writers Isabel Wilkerson and Nicholas Lehmann explain the Great Migration from the South that brought mac and greens, new voters and amazing creative talent to Harlem. And Dapper Dan talks about Harlem style.And like Red Rooster itself, music provides a foundation for each day. . .from El Barrio Night's Latin rhythms to Sunday's Teenage Gospel Choir.As an added bonus for Audible listeners, with purchase you'll receive recipes from 'The Red Rooster Cookbook that are featured in Our Harlem.ยฉ2019 Marcus Samuelsson Group LLC (P)2019

Our Harlem Details

TitleOur Harlem
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 27th, 2019
PublisherAudible Studios
Rating
GenreAudiobook, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, History

Our Harlem Review

  • D
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!That's what it's all about. Hangin' out in the kitchen, cookin', talkin' smack, learning from the elders, gettin' that education and history. Damn, I so miss those times. This book was just what was needed. We a blessed to have so many cultures sharing their foods and history with the world. Never heard of this dude. But I thank him for Our Harlem: Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
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  • Beth Lennon
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was an audio book but its really more like a podcast with interviews and general conversation. I just dove right in with out knowing much about it because I am interested in Marcus Samuelsson, The Red Rooster Restaurant, Ginny's Supper Club, southern cooking and its origins, the great migration, and stories of Harlem and its evolution. If you are interested in any of the same then you will love this book.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Spring 2020 (Feb); I love, love, loved this read. I expected so little of what ended up happening, and was drug out with current entirely. The focus on food, politics, race, class, poverty, culture is so broad and so gorgeous. I was really sad this book started ending when it did. It's left me with so much to think on.
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  • Cassandra Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting history of Harlem. I learned a lot and cant wait to try a few recipes and drinks! Very interesting history of Harlem. I learned a lot and canโ€™t wait to try a few recipes and drinks!
  • Libraryscat
    January 1, 1970
    This was fascinating trip through Harlem. The listening experience with the music and the different and diverse guests really added to the story. In my mind I visited all these places with Britt, who would be a most excellent guide! Great!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    While it was interesting to learn more about Harlem and the Red Rooster, I did not enjoy the format. There was too much going on in the background, and it was mostly made up of dialogue, with people talking over one another and interrupting constantly; it made it difficult to follow.
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  • Neeraja Sankaran
    January 1, 1970
    This audiobook was a very interesting mix of cookbook, history and travel-writing with a bit of personal memoir thrown in as well. I learned some interesting things about Harlem, its history, its restaurants and also the writer/narrator whom I'd only seen as a judge on "Chopped" before, and about whom all knew was that he was black (African and specifically, as I only learned here, Ethiopian) brought up in Sweden. My main grouse with it/him was his completely (to my ears) inauthentic speech when This audiobook was a very interesting mix of cookbook, history and travel-writing with a bit of personal memoir thrown in as well. I learned some interesting things about Harlem, its history, its restaurants and also the writer/narrator whom I'd only seen as a judge on "Chopped" before, and about whom all knew was that he was black (African and specifically, as I only learned here, Ethiopian) brought up in Sweden. My main grouse with it/him was his completely (to my ears) inauthentic speech when talking to Harlemite African Americans. It's one thing to change accents and even use the occasional turn-of-phrase when you are speaking with others. Usually though, that's a reversion. But to suddenly be speaking what is not another language but more like a dialect felt a bit phony to my ears (and years) like the man was trying to hard. When someone brought up in Sweden or any part of Europe says things like "You was brought up" instead of the grammatically correct "you were" it just did not feel authentic. He made much about the musicality or the importance of sound in food, probably the oft-ignored sense dimension over taste(duh!) smell and sight and even texture. He was right --the hiss sizzles crackles and pops of food cooking are marvellous indeed. But it's precisely because of that--and all beautiful misc he brought into play that made me that much madder. Nevertheless a fun listen.
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  • Mike Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting idea for an audio book. World famous chef Marcus Samuelsson takes you on a journey through Harlem. He does this with a combination of interviews over drinks and while cooking. This was long for an audible original, six and a half hours.Mr. Samuelsson explores all areas of Harlem from iconic places like the Apollo Theater to the Great Migration when a mass exodus of African Americans from the South to Harlem helped form the great culture it has today. He goes further to touch on Very interesting idea for an audio book. World famous chef Marcus Samuelsson takes you on a journey through Harlem. He does this with a combination of interviews over drinks and while cooking. This was long for an audible original, six and a half hours.Mr. Samuelsson explores all areas of Harlem from iconic places like the Apollo Theater to the Great Migration when a mass exodus of African Americans from the South to Harlem helped form the great culture it has today. He goes further to touch on the roots of Harlem before the great migration that stemmed from the Latino and Italian communities. Overall an excellent listen. It has rich stories, rich food, and rich history.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I've been getting into cooking shows lately and I've seen Marcus feature in a few episodes of 'Beat Bobby Flay' and he was notable because of his backstory. He was born in Ethiopia, adopted by swedish parents, and is a classically trained in French techniques. It was interesting learning about Harlem's history through the people that helped Marcus with his restaurant, Red Rooster get up and running. It's an interesting history lesson and love that this audio book came with a pdf of the recipes I've been getting into cooking shows lately and I've seen Marcus feature in a few episodes of 'Beat Bobby Flay' and he was notable because of his backstory. He was born in Ethiopia, adopted by swedish parents, and is a classically trained in French techniques. It was interesting learning about Harlem's history through the people that helped Marcus with his restaurant, Red Rooster get up and running. It's an interesting history lesson and love that this audio book came with a pdf of the recipes they discuss. Can't wait to try them.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    "African American history is part of the history that drives black diaspora culture all over the world yet it is so hard to find." History is the best gift you can give to anyone. I loved this book, it's story and the narrator! So much history delivered is a fun creative way. Recipes to try that sounded DELICIOUS! Listening to the many contributors to the telling of the making of their Harlem many years ago to now was phenomenal! Everyone should pick this up and read it!
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    This audiobook, which is both serious and light-hearted, is probably of most interest to those with a special interest in Harlem and its rich history, culture, including, of course, food. It's inspiring to "meet" lots of leaders -- some well-known beyond Harlem, and some not -- from this community. Sometimes it felt to me as if Marcus Samuelsson is a bit too rah-rah, "aren't we all having a great time!" But if so, it's for a good cause.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Got this book for free as an Audible original. Very much enjoyed it although I was hoping for a little bit more of Samuelsson's story because I'm very interested in how all the different cultures that he is a part of have affected his cooking. Although I suppose there's his autobiography for that. I should have paid more attention to the title haha. That being said, it was still very interesting picture of a little of his restaurant and interesting facts about the history of Harlem.
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  • Michele Hermansen
    January 1, 1970
    This audiobook was a lot of fun, and it was educational I really learned a lot about the black migration from the south to the north, Harlem, etc. Marcus is a fun guy who clearly loves his profession and his community. At the end of the book, they do a few outtakes -one of which I found inappropriate. So if you dont want to listen to that, now you know to skip it. This audiobook was a lot of fun, and it was educational โ€“ โ€“ I really learned a lot about the black migration from the south to the north, Harlem, etc. Marcus is a fun guy who clearly loves his profession and his community. At the end of the book, they do a few outtakes -one of which I found inappropriate. So if you donโ€™t want to listen to that, now you know to skip it.
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  • Lynn Gionette
    January 1, 1970
    I got this from audible. It's more like a series of podcasts than a book. It was good. Learned some interesting things about Harlem and southern american cooking. Marcus Samuelson 'hosts'. Hes really 'on' and I'd you aren't in the mood to listen to an overly excited person, save it for a happier day.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    I liked watching Marcus Samuelsson on Chopped, and have seen a few interviews where his commitment to Harlem is clear. This book is a nice collection of stories and interviews from the people of Harlem about the history, people, and food of Harlem. It's clear that he loves food, and he loves Harlem, and it comes across in the audiobook.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    This is a mix of cultural aspects, which is great for me. There are pieces of history, food, specific events, places, people, religion and general flow of people over time. What a great introduction to such a pivotal place in the culture and history of the U.S. and the world. If you are interested in other cultures and specific local histories, this is for you too.
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  • Terrol Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Not really a book per se, but a wonderful exploration of the food and culture of Harlem. I could almost taste the food as I heard it prepared and several times I found myself using Google street view to walk down 125th Street, to look at the Apollo Theater, the Red Rooster, etc. My next trip to NYC will definitely include an exploration of Harlem.
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  • Tameka Mullins
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing celebration of Harlem! Its people, the music and the food. I learned so much from the conversations. I already love the Red Rooster but listening to this makes me want to cherish it more and visit more and also introduce it to more people. I also want to share my experiences of Harlem with others as well. Amazing auditory experience! An amazing celebration of Harlem! Itโ€™s people, the music and the food. I learned so much from the conversations. I already love the Red Rooster but listening to this makes me want to cherish it more and visit more and also introduce it to more people. I also want to share my experiences of Harlem with others as well. Amazing auditory experience!
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  • Michelle Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this listen, more like a podcast than a book, but full of rich texture and flavor as Marcus and his friends share personal stories and historical context to Harlem. Makes me want to visit!
  • Cheryl's
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining collection of stories and interviews from the people of Harlem about the history, people, and food. Great narration on the audio version. Includes a pdf download of recipes - can't wait to try that fried chicken, harlem style.
  • Joseph Newell
    January 1, 1970
    They suckered me in with promises of cooking, but I stayed for the window flung wide open into the heart of Harlem. I had no idea about anything regarding Harlem, and now have great respect for that place and those who call it home. A fantastic audio experience.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Marcus Samuelsson takes listeners on a cultural, musical, culinary tour of Harlem. Enjoyable guests help him prepare amazing food and beverages while telling us about the Harlem experience - historical and current. I loved it all and really appreciated the music!
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet piece about Harlem. I listened to it which I'm glad I did because I felt like the talking component and each person sharing their piece made it so much more personal and enjoyable for me.
  • Marie B.
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed both the history and the recipes.
  • La'Tonya Rease Miles
    January 1, 1970
    A fun time! I felt like a citizen of the world while listening to this. Would love to meet Mr. Samuelsson in person. He seems like a blast.
  • Jada
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this! Maybe my fave audible freebie yet.
  • Deborah Gaspar
    January 1, 1970
    Great cultural story about Harlem, the music, the history, the people and the food. Well told.
  • Tyler Elmore
    January 1, 1970
    Wouldnt call this an audiobook but it was definitely a great listen! Loved hearing from Dr. Jessica B. Harris! Wouldnโ€™t call this an audiobook but it was definitely a great listen! Loved hearing from Dr. Jessica B. Harris!
  •  KJA
    January 1, 1970
    I live near Harlem so it was an interesting listen.
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