Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, where his maternal grandmother taught him to cook. He has opened several restaurants, including Red Rooster Harlem, which hosted a fundraising dinner for the Democratic National Convention in 2011. He's written the cookbooks Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, and New American Table, as well as the memoir Yes, Chef. He and his wife are also the founders of the Three Goats Organization, a non-profit dedicated to providing sustainable resources to families in Ethiopia.
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February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day, and I make the argument that cake containing vegetables doesn't count as dessert; it's clearly health food. Not to mention the workout you get grating all those carrots!
When we were newly married in our tiny apartment, I made a carrot cake for us. I love the stuff, but a 9x13" cake for just the two of us was kind of a lot. It's been 22 years since I made that cake, and I've never made another one. (It's probably time, don't you think?) If I had known I could freeze it, I probably would have done so. When you're compiling your cookbook, be sure to include any tips you're given, like "this freezes well," in the recipe notes.
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