Thursday, December 13, 2012

Memoir Mini-Reviews

Yes, Chef: A MemoirYes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first heard of Marcus Samuelsson when he competed on Top Chef Masters.  That was right around the time, I started to become addicted to The Food Network and other cooking show/channels.  It was the start of my journey on the road towards mini-foodie. This was a look at Marcus' life and the road he took to get where he is now.  It's a great look at the life of a chef especially one of color who has had a hard road to travel.

The book is really descriptive in the details of the food and taste experiences.  I wanted to be rollerblading (even though you wouldn't ever catch me on a pair) through NYC and trying the different foods from all the cultures that make up the city.   When he talks about Ethiopian food, I'm back in grad school (1st time) and we're headed to the Ethiopian restaurant for some Doro Wat (mmm yummy).

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of AnxietyMonkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Monkey Mind is a term used by Buddhist to describe an unsettled mind.  It perfectly describes the mind of a person who battles anxiety.  If you deal with anxiety on a regular basis, and it doesn't have to be anything too extreme, you have probably experienced an unsettled mind.  I experience mine at night, when all I want to do is fall asleep and all my mind wants to do is play back the days events, or that time in college when...or that time when I did...  It can be a long night when that happens.

In Monkey Mind, Daniel Smith recounts his battles with anxiety and tries to pinpoint the cause of his unsettled mind.  He talks about his struggles with living with high anxiety and its effects on his job and his love life.  It was hard to get through the beginning of this book, but once you get past the tough stuff (rape) I really started to connect with his experiences.


I recommend both of these if you want a short, interesting memoir to read!

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