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 Book Tour!


I’m excited to announce the upcoming book tour for my new book, Marcus off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. 

Below are the scheduled dates & locations. I hope to see you there!  Please check back regularly for changes and additions


BUY Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

-New York-



Wed 10/22

GOOD DAY NEW YORK, Cooking Segment

7PM Barnes and Noble, Upper East Side with Gail Simmons

free and open to the public

8PM Cook the Book Dinner at Ginny’s Supper Club

ticket info here


-New Orleans-

Fri 10/24

 2PM Southern Food and Beverage Museum

info here, signing and talk

Sun 10/26



-Los Angeles-

Tues 10/28

8-9AM Access Hollywood Live,

7PM LA Live Talks with Elvis Mitchell tickets here

Wed 10/29

9:45AM Food Demo on KTLA

5:30PM Pop-Up Party at Pot restaurant in the Line Hotel


Thurs 10/30

6:30-9:30PM Seattle Palace and Ballroom with Tom Douglas,

book signing, talk and cocktail party ticket info here

Fri 10/31

6PM Swedish Club in Seattle Gala

Cocktail party and signing  tickets here,

-San Francisco-

Sun 11/2

3-4PM Singing at  Omnivore Books

6PM Nopalito Restaurant with GREEN APPLE Book store

ticket info for dinner here


Mon 11/3

12PM Lunch at Jardiniere Restaurant with book passage

630PM Signing and talk at Commonwealth with Book Larder


Tues 11/4

6PM Book Signing, Presentation, and Dinner at First Person Arts Festival

7PM First Person Arts Festival Dinner tickets here



Friday 11/7

2-5PM The American Swedish Institution, Signing, demo and talk

Cooks of Crocus Hill


Sat 11/8

4:30PM & 6:30PM Chicago Humanities Festival, Conversation, tickets here

Time TBD Big Star Commissary Kitchen, cooking demo, light bites, and cocktails

Sun 11/9

1PM Art Institute of Chicago, Conversation with Artist Dawoud Bey

ticket info here

-Washington, DC-

Thurs 11/13

7PM 6th & I Synagogue tickets here, Conversation with Joe Yonan from the Washington Post

Friday 11/14

Book signing and Appearance 

Young Ethiopian Professionals, cocktails, Q&A, and book signing


"Marcus Off Duty" Cookbook Dinner


Looking to sip on Honey wine with Prosecco? Munch on shrimp faux-lafel? Chow down on Sticky lobster stew And finish off with Chocolate Peanut Pie? Then come attend my book launch for Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home.

Aside from treating yourselves to delicious cocktails and food, you will have the chance to hear about my most recent and memorable experiences reflected in Marcus Off Duty.  With live music, delectable cuisine, and a cool and intimate lounge setting, I encourage you to join me as I celebrate my newest book and discuss what it means to be Off-Duty.

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm in Ginny's Supper Club, downstairs from Red Rooster Harlem. Tickets are available for purchase here and include a copy of Marcus Off Duty.  I hope to see you there!

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

Off  Duty Cover


-   Barnes and Noble   -   Indiebound

Since publishing my last cookbook, New American Table, so much has happened. I have cooked for the President of the United States at his first State Dinner, I have opened my dream restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, I have written my memoir Yes,Chef and joined the group of mentors on ABC’s The Taste. Of all the things I have done in the last four years, the most memorable are those spent chasing flavors, finding  inspiration from old friends and new.  Marcus Off Duty is a reflection of all of these things.

off duty collage2

 In every city I’ve been to since New American Table, whether it was Austin, Texas, or Davos Switzerland, there was another spoonful to eat of something I’ve never tried before.  I’ve had the best Sichuan in Inner Richmond, San Francisco, with a spice so satisfying it leaves your palate numb. The flavors of Korea Town in Los Angeles remind me of September when I spend the month in Los Angeles filming.  The sweetness of fresh corn from an Indiana farm reminds me why the Midwest has the best summer harvest for grilling.  I’ve reinvented my at-home pantry with Bajan hot sauce, kewpie mayo and dried chilies and found that when it comes to cooking equipment, simple is best.

Rooftop Picnic

 This book was written and photographed at home, with me and my team working tirelessly to show you, the reader, in the best light (literally,) that food can be delicious, beautiful and fun all at the same time. Together we cooked each dish, photographed it in my kitchen and dining room, feasted on the leftovers and tweaked the recipes for that little bit of special.  Photographer Paul Brissman, my longtime friend and fellow Swede, captured not just the creating process, but also the journey across the country that led me to these recipes.  Adding another layer to the book, are the beautiful illustrations by my dear friend and neighbor Rebekah Maysles. Her work softened the edges of an already full and vibrant book. She added depth and character to the stories behind the food in a way a photo or a recipe can’t.

This book has taken more of me than any other; a four year journey of learning, living, tasting and cooking. These are the recipes I cook at home for my wife Maya on a quiet night in. These are the recipes shared with me from my friends and staff, but presented with a Swede-iopian twist.

I can’t wait to share it with you and hope you’re as excited as I am for it’s publication date October 21.  Stay tuned to the website to see if I’m coming to your city and preorder your book from your favorite online book seller listed below.

See you on the road,


Amazon ---    Barnes and Noble   ---   Indiebound



VIDEO: Yes, Chef B-Sides

MS Sign With the paperback version of "Yes, Chef" coming out on May 21st, I've been thinking a lot about the book tour that took me all around the country. At the time I could barely think ahead more than one day as we plane'd, train'd and automobile'd back, forth and back again. But as we prep for Part II of the tour for the paperback version, it's been fun to think about all the adventures I had with my team who was on the road with me. So much fun, in fact, we did a video about it. Check it out.

Yes Chef B Sides 1 from Marcus Samuelsson on Vimeo.

Producer: Farrah Shaikh Editor: Greg Lamotta