KPFA Radio presents MARCUS SAMUELSSON “Yes, Chef, A Memoir” Hosted by Gaetano Kazuo Maida $12 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores ($15 door) “Yes, Chef” chronicles Samuelsson’s incredible journey from being orphaned at age three, and battling tuberculosis in Ethiopia…
KPFA Radio presents
“Yes, Chef, A Memoir”
Hosted by Gaetano Kazuo Maida
$12 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores ($15 door)
“Yes, Chef” chronicles Samuelsson’s incredible journey from being orphaned at age three, and battling tuberculosis in Ethiopia to being adopted by a loving family in Sweden to finding work in some of the most demanding restaurants in Switzerland and France. Then came grueling stints on cruise ships and, ultimately, his arrival in New York City, where at Aquavit he earned a coveted three-star rating from the New York Times at the age of 24, making him the youngest chef ever to receive such an accolade. But his career of “chasing flavors” as he calls it, had only just begun. In intervening years there have been White House State dinners, personal crises, public failures, reality show triumphs, and the opening of his beloved, internationally famous Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, athletes, artists, bus drivers and nurses.
“The Red Rooster’s arrival in Harlem brought with it a chef who has re-invigorated and re-imagined what it means to be American. In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family hope, and downright good food.” —President Bill Clinton
Marcus Samuelsson is a James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and author of several cookbooks. He has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, the TODAY Show, Iron Chef, and other food shows.
Gaetano Kazuo Maida currently serves as executive director of two Berkeley nonprofits - Buddhist Film Foundation and Tea Arts Institute. He has been involved with restaurants as principal and consultant for over 40 years. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, and has been active in book and magazine publishing on both coasts.
KPFA Radio presents JONATHAN ALTER “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” Hosted by Tina Bachemin Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 pm St. John’s Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA $12 advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/392051 :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books…
KPFA Radio presents
“The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies”
Hosted by Tina Bachemin
Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
$12 advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/392051 :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books 3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, DIESEL a Bookstore. SF: Modern Times ($15 door) Info:www.kpfa.org/events KPFA benefit
A narrative thriller about the battle royale surrounding Barack Obama’s quest for a second term amid widespread joblessness, rampant militarism, and one of the most poisonous political climates in American history.
The 2012 election will be remembered as a fiercely critical moment in history.
With huge victories in the 2010 midterm elections, the Republican Party had successfully blocked President Obama at every turn as they solidified plans to wrench the entire country sharply to the right. That 2010 contest offered the GOP a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government, and repealing much of the social contract that dated back to the New Deal. Facing free-spending billionaires, Fox News, a passionate Tea Party, and a ferocious effort in nineteen states to rig the election by suppressing Democratic votes, Obama repelled the assault and navigated the nation back to the center. Or did he?
In The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Jonathan Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics to produce the first full account of America at a very dangerous crossroads. He pierces the bubble of the White House and of the presidential campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight. More than a campaign book, this is the epic story of an embattled president facing a historic moment many considered more profoundly pivotal than 2008.
Alter relates the untold story of Obama’s decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound, the debt ceiling fiasco, run-ins with black and Latino activists. He offers fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, and the online haters who suffer from “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” He portrays the Obama analytics geeks working out of “The Cave” and the man who secretly videotaped Mitt Romney’s infamous comments on the “47 percent.”
Jonathan Alter is the author of two best-selling books: The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and The Triumph of Hope (2006) and The Promise: President Obama, Year One. Alter is a contributing correspondent to NBC News and is the lead correspondent on the website Bloomberg View.
TINA BACHEMIN is a volunteer worker in the KPFA News Department.