2008: The Year of Steamy Kitchen?

I am sooo bad about keeping secrets. It’s just way too stressful to remember what I can say and can’t, to whom and in what situation, you know? I don’t want the responsibility of keeping a secret, as I’d much rather use that energy for doing more useful things, like this.

Cuz here’s the deal. Secrets take up brian space. The thousands upon thousands of secrets that I’ve kept since I was 4 years old are still in my head. Seriously, I’m running out of room in my brain for any more secrets to add to my repertoire. My brain is dangerously close to running out of virtual memory and either I need to reallocate brain cells (just delete my stupid superhuman skills) or get a brain transplant, preferably from someone with an IQ greater than 73 and with social skills higher than an ovulating hyena.

But dear friends and family, DO NOT ask me if I want to hear about a secret. Because my other quirk, called INSANELY CURIOUS, trumps all.

Recently, with all the non-disclosure contracts that I’ve had to sign for possible Steamy Kitchen business deals, my brain has gone into virtual brain dump mode and have been using the blog as my outlet. I’ve had to come online at 3am, write a post, dishing out all the dirty details and publish. Then I quickly delete it.

Urge, fixed.

Until I forget that the rest of the world doesn’t live in my time zone. The ungodly hour of 3am Monday morning is 10am Monday morning somewhere in the world, the ideal time for cyberslacking at work, which, by the way is done by 75% of the American workforce, costing us something like $170 billion annually. I’d be curious what percentage makes up blog-whoring. WOOHOO! Go bloggers!

So, in this coming year, I’m going to play a bit more on this blog, expanding my posts outside of just recipes. Because with this (AHEM) new cookbook deal in the works, I won’t be able to post as many Modern Asian recipes as I’ve had in the past.

OKOKOK!!! I can’t stand it! I’m letting it out.

YES ! I’m working on a Steamy Kitchen Cookbook! Oh, I’ve debated back and forth on whether or not to tell you. Buddha (and the cyberslackers in Istanbul and Ciaro ) only knows how many times I’ve published the announcement and then hit delete. Because it’s not a totally done done deal yet. I was contacted directly by a publishing house, got an offer and they are waiting for my list of recipes that will be attached to The Contract.

But I’m close.


<– heehee! just kidding. Giada’s entire body weighs as much as my left leg.btw, if you must know, that is my Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale and a Firecracker Shrimp in Giada’s hands.

Those who are superstitious say that I shouldn’t mention anything at all until the ink is dry, just in case the deal doesn’t go through and I’m left embarrassed, telling all that it’s not going to happen. Weeelllll, yeah, I guess that would be awkward in a Clark Griswold Christmas Vacation kind of way.

But then if I’m not honest and treat you all like my close friends, what’s the point of blogging? Dammit, your boss pays you good money to come visit Steamy Kitchen at work. The least I could do is contibute to society in a n open and meaningful way. And hey, if the book deal doesn’t go through, you will still be my friend, right? hello?? right??!?

2008 will be a fantabulous year for me.

I just know it. As my friend, Jeff, said, “2008 will be the Year of Steamy Kitchen,” and I totally believe him coz 2008 is the Year of the Rat. And guess what….I was born in the Year of the Rat! Plus, my birthday will be 8/8/08 (the number 8 is the most auspicious number for Chinese). See, I’m superstitious when it’s conveniently in my favor!

So, my biggest dilemma is how to keep up blogging AND writing a cookbook? Because, like, I’m wrestling with each new recipe...for the blog…or for the book?

Let me ask you, what kind of recipes would you like to see in a Steamy Kitchen cookbook? Ideas? Thoughts? What kind of cookbook would you want buy? Hurry! I only have a few more days before my recipe list gets submitted!

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Comments 92

  1. Amrita

    haha! ghetto markets?!! LOL!!!

    The salted ones taste good though…….hmph. Do you have a baking supply store nearby?

  2. coffee

    Ah! mmmmuuuuaaaahhhh!! love you gal!!

    I’ll buy 10 copies of that book of yours if you have vegetarian recipes, and I am not joking. πŸ™‚

  3. Diane

    Hello! Who me? Go on the internet at work and read blogs? heheheheheh

    I hope you have a great 2008! And good luck on the cookbook, I look forward to it.

  4. Marvin

    Congratulations Jaden! I knew something big was on the horizon for you! And probably even bigger things to come this year. I am genuinely happy for you and you are a big inspiration.

    As far as recipes go, I would hope that you keep in line with your “Modern Asian” takes on food because I think that’s part of the reason for your success. But honestly, I think people would read your cookbook no matter what is in it.

    Happy New Year, Jaden! I wish you continued success!

  5. Neece

    Happy New Year, Jaden! The Year of Steamy Kitchen! With the way you write, you can put in recipes for just about anything and people will buy it. πŸ™‚

  6. Cris

    I agree with whoever said to include as many pictures as possible. I only get inspired to cook through mouth watering pictures – one of the reasons your blog is a favorite.

    Good luck!

  7. Susan G

    Checking off these boxes: You’ve found your groove, so more of the clean cut Asian recipes; more of the recipes influenced by your mother; more discoveries like the salt/steak (did I say that? I’m a vegetarian!), bread and German pancakes; more outre you… Not needed, Food Network or a makeover, who you are is what makes this possible. Congratulations!

  8. wmw

    Shan’t wish you as I know 2008 is already a fantastic year for you! Congrats…and yes! I’m still applying for THE job! Hahaha….

  9. eliza

    whatever you cook fit to be in the book, congrats on your book deal! be true to your roots and you’ll have a wonderful book no matter what!

  10. Lisa

    I will be first in line to purchase your book (signed of course!) and I will hug it and squeeze it and pet it and pat it and call it George! I can’t wait!

    Congrats my friend.. you are truly deserving of all your good fortune – I wish you continued success in the new year! =)


  11. chunky

    hi jaden, been reading your blog for quite some time. so…your birhtday is the same as my son’s and i just told him that this year is HIS year! good luck with the cookbook. i hope to get a copy when it’s out- have to ask my daughter to get me one since i live in another part of the world.

  12. Meena

    Congratulations! That’s such awesome news, can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out. And that poster is absolutely mind-boggling! lol…

  13. jen

    hee hee!! man…i almost spilled the beans on that one in one of my previous posts but noticed that you hadn’t mentioned in the blog. PHEW…i would’ve felt really bad!! Congratulations!!

    Your recipes are always so flavorful (I just heard that my brother paid me a compliment on some of the dishes I learned in your class…and that guy NEVER compliments me on cooking!!) and so easy to make. I love recipes that I can serve to a crowd – those are the ones that i always use over and over again! Thanks for inspiring me to learn how to cook!!!

  14. Miss T

    Fingers crossed for you in happy anticipation, but in a fellow-writer-who-understands-way that won’t jinx anything! :o)

  15. Banzai

    Gratz!! /cheer

    I think I would find quick recipes most valuable. Things I could pull out at nearly the last minute. πŸ™‚

  16. Cakebrain

    Hey Jaden,
    Gung Hay Fat Choy! and Congratulations on the book deal! I love it when I see people able to make some moolah with their writing. I hope that your new book will have the same tone as your blog and I look forward to fabulous pictures and recipes that inspire, like the Spam Fried Rice. Take something traditional (and boring) and make it STEAMY!

  17. Single Guy Chef

    Congrats Steamy Kitchen! It’ll be fantastic to see an Asian cookbook by an Asian person! I think any of the recipes you’ve posted will be fantastic! Are you doing the photos too? You should!

  18. Jill

    How fabulous! How… Steamy! I’ll buy one for each of my friends. And if you have a book signing in Atlanta, I’ll bring everyone I know. Congrats and Happy New Year!

  19. Elizabeth

    Congratulations! I’ll keep an eye out for it on the shelves when it comes out! My only recommendation is to be detailed if you’re describing specialty ingredients (such as the kind that might be picked up in an Asian grocery store). My current Korean and Thai cookbooks always leave me hunting around Asian food stores for the proper pastes/powders/flakes, which all have labels I can’t read, and I’m never quite sure what I’m asking the store personnel for.

  20. Amy

    Okay I seriously thought that Everyday Asian was a real cookbook. I was like WHOO GO JADEN! Wait… wait a second… Heh. Anyway I’ll always be cheering for you! <3

  21. archana, mama of twins

    i would love to see majority of your recipes plus some in the book.. books wont die, epsecially if people like me like to read it at 1 a.m trying to sleep.. congrats on the it and happy new year.

  22. Farmgirl Susan

    A huge congratulations to you, Jaden! I’m sure the cookbook is going to be fabulous. And I can just see you hauling your wok and a crate of food around to bookstores so you can do cooking demos during book signings! πŸ˜‰

  23. mochachocolata rita

    a lazy bum tat i am, i expect to see something i can whip with an effort equivalent to squeezing my butt (tat’s already not an easy task, so i hereby retract my lazy bum remark).

    but more than any tired-old-boring-so-called-easy recipes (which most of the times are really just as easy as rocket science for those with IQ as high as -200, duh!)…

    i wanna crack myself up. rolling on the floor. kicking my feet up in the air. tears rolling down my face. peeing my pants LAUGHING.

    so far u’ve successfully made my boss throwing me i’m-so-gonna-deduct-tis-off-your-salary looks every time i banged my head on my desk laughing. but it’s totally worth it.

    you are the dave barry of food blogging.

    so, pls. carry on.

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