About Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson is a James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, he arrived in New York in 1994 to work at Aquavit, where he soon earned three stars from The New York Times. Samuelsson has since opened restaurants in New York, Chicago, and Sweden. He’s also the author of Yes, Chef and The Soul of a New Cuisine. @marcuscooks

Blue bowl of wild mushroom grits topped with an egg, parmesan cheese, and basil

Wild Mushroom Grits

Grits get the royal treatment with the addition of wild mushrooms, cheese, and truffle oil. These grits, with its earthy flavors, make an ideal partner to meaty dishes or by itself for instant comfort food.

A wooden bowl of barley salad with shopped spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, onion, and olives.

Barley Salad

For this barley salad, pearl barley and black barley are tossed with pine nuts, chiles, cucumber, and olives. Serve the salad as starter or as a toothsome lunch.

A glass mug of glogg aquavit on a white saucer with a pile of almonds on a red placemat.


From the beginning of December on through the New Year, glogg–a spiced wine–is served in Swedish homes on festive occasions or when visitors drop by.

Prune-Stuffed Pork Roast

Prune-Stuffed Pork Roast

Pork loin roast and its accompanying buttery sauce are filled with prunes, a great companion for pork. The recipe is simple and perfect for entertaining.

A loaf of tomato-goat cheese terrine--garlicky goat cheese layered with red and yellow tomatoes and arugula on a cutting board

Tomato-Goat Cheese Terrine

Heirloom tomatoes–both red and yellow–and salad greens add layers of color and flavor to this terrine filled with silky, garlicky goat cheese.