Best Quotes by Marcus Samuelsson

By | March 7, 2017

We struggle with eating healthily, obesity, and access to good nutrition for everyone. But we have a great opportunity to get on the right side of this battle by beginning to think differently about the way that we eat and the way that we approach food.

Marcus Samuelsson

For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it.

Marcus Samuelsson

Chocolate is one of the world’s most beloved discoveries, and when we need a quick boost of energy and endorphins, chocolate is the go-to treat.

Marcus Samuelsson

I love Thanksgiving because it’s a holiday that is centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.

Marcus Samuelsson

Just like keeping a healthy diet is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods is just as important for getting the most out of your workout.

Marcus Samuelsson

Let the fresh fruits and vegetables be your guide, and make something that will keep for the whole week.

Marcus Samuelsson

Every time you use the word ‘healthy,’ you lose. The key is to make yummy, delicious food that happens to be healthy.

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Coconut is one of those love-hate ingredients.

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For many sports fans, the onset of fall only means one thing: It’s football season!

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I learned from my grandmother, who grew up in devastating war times, how important it is to keep with tradition and celebrate the holidays during tough times.

Marcus Samuelsson

I learned from my grandmother, who grew up in devastating war times, how important it is to keep with tradition and celebrate the holidays during tough times.

Marcus Samuelsson

Salad can get a bad rap. People think of bland and watery iceberg lettuce, but in fact, salads are an art form, from the simplest rendition to a colorful kitchen-sink approach.

Marcus Samuelsson

Most cultures traditionally link food and spirituality directly with periodic restrictions and celebrations punctuating the year. Abstinence from particular foods or full-on fasting is part of many religious traditions and holidays.

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The darker the chocolate is, the more antioxidants it contains. So when eaten in moderation – just a few bites from a well-made dark chocolate bar, for instance – there’s no need to feel bad about indulging once in a while.

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Weekends are sacred for me. They’re the perfect time to relax and spend time with family and friends.

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Not only are pasta dishes delicious, but they are also great, easy options for a quick dinner during a busy weekday.

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I think it’s very expensive to not eat healthy. Eating healthy is the only affordable option we have left.

Marcus Samuelsson

I had seen the photographs of Harlem in its glory days, stylish men in bespoke suits, women so well dressed that they’d put the models in ‘Vogue’ to shame. I knew that Harlemites loved to dance, to pray, and to eat.

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When you are already eating as cheaply and meagerly as possible, any raise in cost can quickly plunge you and your family into hunger.

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I came into this environment where there was so much love, so much positive energy. I never heard my parents say, ‘We have adopted kids.’ The minute my sister Linda and I landed in Sweden, we were their kids.

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The fact is that more and more people are developing a sensitivity to gluten, without necessarily being allergic to it.

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Cooking is in an honest profession where you cannot hide and let others do the work for you. You have to show up, work hard and prove you can do it faster and better. And find a mentor who will recognize your talent and push you in the right direction.

Marcus Samuelsson

While I hold my own political views, it’s important not to get too wrapped up in individual candidates and personalities, but instead to focus on the real issues.

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Eating vegetarian doesn’t mean you have to eat boring, humdrum dishes.

Marcus Samuelsson

When I’m in need of a quick meal or party dish, a burger is hands-down my go-to pick! Burgers are easy, fast, and don’t even require utensils to eat, making them the perfect get-together main course, tailgating essential, and simple dinner recipe to whip up any night of the week.

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You have to balance, but you can be aggressive as a chef. It benefits the food. You have to be passionate. You can’t be angry cooking.

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Spices, of course, are essential.

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When I get the chance to make my favorite breakfast on the weekend, I often choose to make pancakes.

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If you get hungry mid-day, a banana is the best snack at your desk, after a workout, or in between classes. Fruit is a very good snack in general.

Marcus Samuelsson

A juicy chicken breast can be the perfect accompaniment to a classic Caesar salad or a club sandwich. It’s also easy to cook, and can be as simple as dressing it with a few spices and popping in the oven.

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Pasta isn’t just for Italian food anymore. Now there are tasty pasta recipes found in Asian cuisine, and it’s emerging as a newfound love for vegans.

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While some people may think being a chef only entails making enticing dishes and pushing the culinary boundaries, being a part of the food industry involves much more.

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As a chef, I always have in mind how to properly feed the public, but at times it’s easy to forget that some people have trouble even getting any food, much less adequate nutrition.

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Harlem is not a playground for rich bankers and consultants. It’s got students of all colors. It’s got old people who keep history and tell tall tales.

Marcus Samuelsson

Clean water and access to food are some of the simplest things that we can take for granted each and every day. In places like Africa, these can be some of the hardest resources to attain if you live in a rural area.

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I cannot stress a greater importance than to teach the young generation about the risks of unhealthy eating. A great way to pique their interest in nutrition is to involve them more in the cooking process. They not only will learn to cook for themselves, but also develop a lifetime of healthy habits.

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Healthy can be the new good. Eating delicious should not be sacrificed because it’s healthy.

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Even just a few spices or ethnic condiments that you can keep in your pantry can turn your mundane dishes into a culinary masterpiece.

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Many popsicles you’ll find in a supermarket have a lot of unwanted sugar or preservatives, but with a few ingredients you can make healthier popsicles with any flavor you can imagine.

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Casseroles don’t have to be about canned ingredients and vegetables you normally wouldn’t even think of eating alone, much less stuck in between layers of sauce and breadcrumbs. They can vary from everyone’s favorite all-time casserole, macaroni and cheese, to the ultimate English casserole, Shepherd’s Pie.

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Aside from the obvious chocolate cookies and ice cream, chocolate can be used in a variety of ways for desserts.

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I love chicken. But, like a lot of chefs and cooks, I get tired of preparing it the same way.

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While keeping active is a major aspect of staying fit, what you use for fuel definitely factors in.

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Without food, we cannot survive, and that is why issues that affect the food industry are so important.

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I want people to understand my journey and to be inspired by that. You can be an immigrant, and if you work really hard, you can have your own restaurant.

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Between the ages of six and nine, my palette was taking shape as well as my identity as a chef. It was then that I learned the difference between salty, sweet, sour and even spicy.

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I happen to love coconut, particularly for that sweet and crunchy texture it adds to any dish.

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I think that if you grind your spices and keep them in small batches, you can use them in endless ways. The key thing is to have a spice mill or a coffee grinder, and to keep your spices cold and in tightly lidded boxes.

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Cooking turkey every year doesn’t have to be monotonous – I want people to always mix it up using different spices and preparations.

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To become a good cook is to know yourself, and I, at this point, know myself. I know myself, and I know the cook I want to be and the cook I am striving to be.

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I am a chef through and through. Everything I do – whether it is cooking for kids in Harlem or cooking in a fine dining establishment – all my days are consumed by food.

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Going meatless reduces our carbon footprint and helps us lead the way towards climate change.

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They say never trust a skinny chef, but the fact is, to stay healthy when you’re a chef means you have to work twice as hard.

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