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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Shows Just How Diverse African-American Cooking Really Is in New Book | Travel & Leisure

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Shows Just How Diverse African-American Cooking Really Is in New Book | Travel & Leisure

“This is a way for us to learn about America’s culture and Black culture when it comes to food,” he told Travel + Leisure. 


Even though chef Marcus Samuelsson has restaurants all over the world, he says diversity in food can be found just outside your door.

“Think about what we’ve learned through other cultures that are not our own through food — all those mom-and-pops,” chef Marcus told Travel + Leisure. “I’m not from an Indian background, but going into an Indian restaurant or Vietnamese restaurant has taught me something about these cultures in this country, and it’s the same with African-American culture.” 

The celebrity chef who’s no stranger to merging cultures in his cooking — as his career has quite literally touched all corners of the globe — is showing just how diverse African-American cooking is with his latest book, “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook.”


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