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WATCH: Samuelsson Recounts 75-Mile Walk To Hospital With His TB-Ridden Biological Mom

Marcus Samuelsson’s story is pretty well-known in the culinary community, but he’s cracking it open for a wider audience in his newly released memoir Yes, Chef. In it, the Ethiopian-born chef documents how his adoption by Swedish parents and eventual immigration to Harlem resulted in his unique style of Scandinavian soul-cooking.

He stopped by The Today Show this morning to show off his Swedish grandmother Helga’s now-infamous Swedish Meatballs, and, while he cooked, Marcus told the story of walking 75 miles to a hospital with his biological mother and sister, all three of whom were infected with tuberculosis at the time, before his adoption. That trek, of course, would leave him an orphan, but check out the inspiring aftermath below.

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