Cook the Book Challenge!

Marcus Samuelsson Cook the Book Challenge from the #RedRoosterCookbook

Introducing the #RedRoosterCookbook Cook the Book Challenge!

Once a week until the end of the year, I'll be posting a bonus from recipe from the cookbook here on the website. Home chefs can take the challenge by cooking the recipe, instagramming their dish and using the hashtag #RedRoosterCookbook.

Each week I'll pick my favorite shot and regram it on my account. I'll also update this blog post with each week's challenge and last week's winners.

Good luck and happy cooking!

Week 1 - Warm Quinoa with Vegetables and Eggs

Week 2 - Garlic 'N' Honey Roasted Sweets

Week 3 - Slow-Baked Blueberry Bread with Spiced Maple Syrup 

Week 4 - Quick-Cured Trout with Poblanos

Week 5 - Good Old Pound Cake

Week 6 - Iron-Pressed Chicken

Week 7 - Sweet Dog

Week 8 - Chocolate Cherry Cake

Marcus Off Duty Pre-Order Giveaway!!

Marcus in Harlem

I’m so excited for Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, that I’m offering a special promotion with the book’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH).

For pre-orders of MARCUS OFF DUTY, HMH will send you a bookplate signed by me that can be inserted in your book.

When you pre-order MARCUS OFF DUTY from an online retailer or in-person bookstore, send a copy of your receipt to hmhcooks@gmail.com (a photo of the receipt is acceptable.)

Be sure to include your mailing address. US participants only.

Signed bookplates are available while supply lasts, so be sure to enter ASAP!

Healthy Eating Starts at Home

Photo Courtesy of Marcus I got my start as a chef cooking alongside my grandmother, which is why I will always have Helga's Meatballs on my menu at Red Rooster. Grandma Helga taught me how to roast a perfect chicken, make the fluffiest dumpling, and how to cook by building flavors. She also showed her love for me by taking the time to teach me step-by-step until I got it right. Her patience and care is the reason I grew up loving to cook and I am so honored that I have been able to cook for presidents, kings, neighbors and my wife. Time spent over food and conversation means everything to me.

It has been said that when children cook with their parents at a young age, it helps develop a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Parents can introduce new vegetables and proteins to their children and also make it fun by doing it together. That is why I am proud to be partnering with the UNCLE BEN’S brand to help make it a little bit easier for families to establish healthy beginnings for their children.

Of course, creating healthy habits in your children is important – but we understand that we all live busy lives and dinnertime can be hectic – so here’s a little extra incentive: the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest.

UNCLE BEN’S wants to help inspire you to get in the kitchen with your families and they are giving away more than $165k in cash and prizes to help “inspire” you. Shoot a short video of you and your child cooking together and enter to win at www.unclebens.com! Get your child excited about eating healthy foods and everybody wins. And that is something I can really get excited about!

To add my own blend of inspiration, here is a flavorful family-friendly dish to help you and your family get the most out of the end of summer! Enjoy!

For more stories and recipes from Marcus, click here.

Want to be a Twitter Winner? "Yes, Chef"

To celebrate the start of the "Yes, Chef" book tour, we're kicking off a Twitter contest with you, the loyal fans of @MarcusCooks.

All you have to do is Tweet a picture of "Yes, Chef" placed somewhere (on a bookshelf, with a baby, on vacation, with your Nana...you get the point) and a favorite will be chosen every two weeks. You can win autographed copies of "Yes, Chef", chef coats from Marcus Samuelsson, vintage cookware, souvenirs purchased by Marcus while on the road for the book tour, Red Rooster T-shirts, cookbooks, and so much more.

The contest starts on Sunday, July 8th and please make sure to Tweet @MarcusCooks and use the hashtag #YesChef.

Good luck and see you on the road!

Photo: @dkyrillos

Win Two Tickets to See Jimmy Scott Perform at Ginny's

In case you can't tell, we're all pretty excited to host the legendary Jimmy Scott at Ginny's next week. This music man has performed with Ray Charles and Sarah Vaughn and sang at President Bill Clinton's inauguration. And we want you to be a part of this historic event. We're giving away two tickets to one of his shows and we're going to make the chance to win as easy as can be. All you have to do is:

1) Click Here 2) LIKE the Post 3) SHARE 4) Be Entered to Win

Good luck and the winner will be notified next week!