Martin Yan's Xmas Present to Deep End Dining - A Personalized Voicemail Greeting. Happy 2006, All!
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Before there was the quote celebrity chef unquote, before the Iron Chef was the latest hot Japanese import, before Emeril bammed! his way to the top, and long before there was a FOOD NETWORK, there was the grandmaster of the wok and instructional television chef, Martin Yan. I remember like it was yesterday. I was far from my parents, living on my own in San Francisco and pining for some phenomenally fragrant Chinese home cooking. Problem was I didn't have any recipes from my mother. She rarely kept any recipes because they were all in her head. (This is a woman who miraculously and routinely produced five to six, sometimes seven, course dinners with very few repeat dishes for our family of six.) So now my only culinary hope was in the image of a high octane and hi-larious Chinese tv chef whose rapid fire, broken English reminded me of a male version of my mom. This tv chef was, of course, Martin Yan. In fact, the first cookbook I ever owned was The Yan Can Cook Book. Mr. Yan got me through some tight dinner jams when cooking for romantic dates and finicky roommates alike. He also schooled me on the fastest way to peel garlic by smashing the bejesus out of it with the flat side of a cleaver. And if anybody holds the land speed record for deboning a chicken, he is Mr. Yan. For that I salute him. Martin Yan is one of the original celebrity chefs, a best selling cookbook author and one of the few people who actually deserves his seat at the Iron Chef America judges' table. Martin Yan, you da man!!