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A leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine, award-winning author and former food editor for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, Ying is the versatile and prolific author of 20 books including five cookbooks. She is the host of the popular TV cooking show New Ideas for Delicious Meals on Phoenix TV, and as the spokesperson for Nestle Maggi. Ying is also the former spokesperson for Celestial Seasonings.

Frequently sought after by the media, Ying has been featured on numerous national television programs, and is regularly profiled in prestigious news media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post.


Named one of "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" by the Author's Show, Ying has contributed to Cooking Light, EatingWell, Self, Men's Health, Christian Science Monitor, and many other prestigious national publications.


Ying's keen interest in cuisine has led to her weaving food into all of her writing--cookbooks, novels, and picture books for young readers. Her highly acclaimed novel about her life growing up in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, has received over 33 national awards, and it is chosen as required reading by schools around the world. It was also selected for the One Book/One County reading program in Santa Clara California.

revolution300Secrets of the Terra-Cotta SoldierCooking with an Asian Accent

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Perfect for a One School, One Book program!


Both books exemplify the theme of GRIT: Gumption, Resilience, Inner Strength and Tenacity



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Featured on NPR's Morning Edition, The Boston Globe, Mercury News, Epicurious,

and Jenn-Air's blog.


Interviews on Wisconsin Public RadioBusiness Talk (6 minute mark), and Connecticut Public Radio (38 minute mark).


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