by Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers

June 30, 2019

Most of my reading during the week is either practical growth type stuff, or broad ideas around theology or philosophy. And, I still read fiction in the evenings in bed.

But there have always been other categories I’ve wanted to fit in my routine and not had space to read as much — generally memoirs, history, or some collections of essays have sat on my wish list for months and even years. Recently, I’ve been taking a break from other reading (besides fiction) on the weekend to read in these categories. It’s been good to broaden my reading, but also to help my mindset shift into weekend mode, and even give me something to look forward to returning to during the week.

Our family has admired Marcus Samuelsson mostly from seeing him on Chopped. But we also saw and met him at the Texas Book Festival a few years ago, hearing more of the depth of his story. All of that depth was present in his memoir, and it served the purpose that I most hope for in this kind of writing — it gave me new understanding into the experiences of a life very different from mine. And in that, it gave my new understanding of my own self as well.