From My Mama's Kitchen
by Johnny Tan
Length: 153 pages
Editions: kindle, print
Released with the endorsement of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, the book has won five awards: Mom’s Choice Awards, Mr. Dad Seal of Recognition, Publisher’s Choice Awards by Family Magazine Group, International Book Awards, and National Indie Excellence Book Awards. The book also made the Amazon Best Seller List in the following categories: Parenting & Family Relationships: Parent and Adult Child, Self Help: Spiritual and Motivational, and Cooking, Food & Wine: Essay.
Designed as a keepsake for all occasions, meant to last and inspire forever. The book has a dedication page for readers to inscribe their own loved one’s name, and a space where readers can record their recipes for living. At the end of the book, Johnny incorporates nine of his favorite food recipes.
The bookʼs success lead Johnny to establish a powerful platform. He launched his consulting and speaking career to teach strategies on how to use the power of unconditional love to attain harmony. Johnny is also a featured host of a weekly Internet radio program, FMMK Talk Radio, which ranks in the top .1% of Blog Talk Radioʼs most popular shows. Guests have included The New Times number one best-selling authors and experts from the U.S. and other countries.
Johnny’s leadership experience extends from being a former corporate executive for eight years to owning his own business. He also served his community as chairman of Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitor Bureau in 2001, commissioner of Baton Rouge Sister Cities Commission in 2000, chairman of Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Committee in 1998, as well as chairman of Project Baton Rouge 2020—a Vision of Opportunity with a World of Possibility in 1997, and president of Louisiana Restaurant Association Baton Rouge Chapter in 1995.
GUEST POSTRemembering Motherly Love By Johnny Tan
Unconditional love is always associated with Mother’s Day. The power of unconditional motherly love has been recognized and celebrated since ancient times. Greeks used their spring festivals to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and mother of many deities in Greek mythology. The Romans used their spring festival, Hilaria, as a dedication to Cybele, a mother goddess. The Virgin Mary, mother of Christ, was honored by early Christians the fourth Sunday of Lent. England later designated it to be Mothering Sunday, to honor all mothers.
Although today over 140 countries celebrate Mother’s Day some time during the year, the modern version is actually an American invention. Thanks to her devoted love for her mother, Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America in 1908 as the first celebrated Mother’s Day in the modern era. She later went on to secure a trademark creating the Mother’s Day International Association in 1912. President Woodrow Wilson followed up by proclaiming the first official Mother’s Day on May 9, 1914.
From My Mama’s Kitchen –“food for the soul, recipes for living” celebrates unconditional motherly love throughout the year. The power of unconditional love transcends all religious beliefs, genders, cultures and ages. It reminds us that we are all part of the bigger world, and we all have potential to succeed in life.
I wrote this book to pay tribute to my 9 moms and moms everywhere. What started as a project of collecting recipes evolved over seven years into a collection of 30 timeless recipes for living I received from my 9 moms. The book reminds each of us that a strong home team supports us and our efforts of learning and growing. It rekindles those incredible feelings we shared with our mothers and those we considered as mothers. Strong feelings of well being help build lasting relationships. When love is given without regard to conditions it provides us with the empowerment that drives our ambition to succeed.
How did I manage to have 9 moms, you ask? Most of the time, before I have a chance to answer, people would follow up with, “Is it a blessing or a curse?” My answer is always a blessing, a tremendous blessing. Adopted at birth by my Malaysian mom, I spent the first 18 years learning from her. Among the many things she taught me, everyone of us holds a seed of greatness—the key to success in life. The gem of this seed is the asset that develops our dreams, goals and wishes. At 18 I came to the United States to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Here is where I began to meet my eight other moms one at a time over a period of the next 18 years. Starting with the first, my Southern Belle mom, Eleanora Carter, to the last, my German mom, Dianne Heise, they were my teachers, coaches, and counselors, always available to listen to my ideas and console me during need. Most of my 9 moms have since passed away, but each of them has left me with a valuable lesson that collectively formed the basis of my success.
Many look forward to this Mother’s Day with anticipation to express love for their mom. Whether it is an expensive gift or a just a nice dinner that mom doesn’t have to cook, she will know it was from the heart. Mothers have a way to mould the soul and guide the heart. For those whose mothers have passed on, Mother’s Day gives us a chance to recall those magical loving moments. It is this unconditional motherly love that makes us who we are. The book offers solutions and provides the skills and wisdom to assist us to become better teachers, coaches and counselors to our loved ones.