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Marcus Samuelsson Shines A Light On Black Excellence In The Food World


Acclaimed chef and TV star Marcus Samuelsson’s latest book, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, celebrates Black excellence in the food world. This week on Seasoned: A conversation about what motivated Marcus to write The Rise, which is so much more than a cookbook. Marcus and co-author Osayi Endolyn profile chefs, writers, historians and activists. Of course, we get into some recipes from the book, too.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


Marcus Samuelsson – Chef, restaurateur, TV host, and author of The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul Of American Food.

Featured Recipes:

Leah Chase Gumbo
Rodney Scott’s Ribs with Baked Cowpeas
Broken Rice Peanut Seafood Stew

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.