Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Saumeulsson
Marcus Saumuelsson lives with the deference and respect of a nice Swedish boy and he works with the dedication of a driven Swedish man, or at least that is the feeling I get. Having not known many Swedes in my life or visited their country yet, I cannot say for sure.
Throughout his memoir he is sweet in his respect for of his parents, family and daughter, strong in his desire to succeed and surprising in his candor. Compared to most other chefs' coming of age memoirs, this one brings far more than stories of frenetic bosses and bad behavior. The authors introduce Swedish, Ethiopian and African-American cultural history, keep an eye on the development of dining and celebrity chefs in the nineties and naughties and offer hard-won encouragement for a having a good work ethic.
A joy to read, "Yes, Chef" is one of my favorite books of 2012.