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Monday, October 26, 2009

God and Buddha Keeping Me Real

It’s been an thrilling 24 hours, starting with a book signing at Barnes & Noble at 68th and Lexington in NYC – and seeing for the very very very first time, my cookbook in a bookstore.

A real book, done by me. In a real bookstore.

I saw. I cried. I took a photo.


Of course, I’ve seen the book up on Amazon.com and friends from around the world have sent me photos of my book in their bookstores, but since the book has been out, this was my very first time ever seeing it in person with my own two eyes.

Damn. I did good, real good. People around me at the store noticed the similarity between me and the gal on the jacket cover (except the gal on the jacket cover is 10 pounds lighter. That’s what writing a cookbook does to you.) and started congratulating me.

“Oh yes, that IS me!”

“Thank you, thank you very much. I hope you enjoy the book!”

I gushed with joy.

I still had a couple of hours til the event started, so I hopped into a cab to grab some lunch with my publicist and her friend, Maria.

Into the cab I go, still smiling from ear to ear, barely able to keep my happy feet from doing a jig.

And then I looked at the back of my leg.

today show barnes noble

All morning long.

This sticker was on my ass.

There’s nothing like a 10-inch long sticker advertising your jean size to the world to keep life in check.

I see it’s a sign from God and Buddha to keep me humble.

And heck yeah, it worked.

Had a fantastic book signing, with a very very special little bugaboo who took his first subway ride of his life to come see me.

This little cutie:


Who’s mother is beautiful lady, Ms. Smitten Kitchen.


And before I go to have lunch with my buddy Mark of the Culinary Media Network, I’ll leave you with my segment on the Today Show this morning….MOMMY, I DID IT!!

click on photo below to get video clip!


88 Responses to “God and Buddha Keeping Me Real”

  1. The Teacher Cooks — 10/27/09 @ 7:57 am

    Nice photos today. The Today show was great. I am sharing the recording with my class . We are all fans. And I get my cookbook today. Congratulations Jaden.

  2. Veron — 10/27/09 @ 8:14 am

    Congrats Jaden and have fun in New York. Yes, that sticker thingy has happened to me once before :).

  3. Chef Gwen — 10/27/09 @ 11:39 am

    Jaden, you looked like a natural star. Congrats! (And I didn’t realize that Hoda was so tall!) ha! Hope you snag lots more appearances…. heck, you could just take over as host.

  4. Rachael — 10/27/09 @ 11:54 am

    I hate it when those stickers jump back onto clothing when you’re not looking! You rocked The Today show. Seriously. Gotta make those burgers….

  5. You betcha we watched it! Bill, the dogs and me!! We were all cheering you on and wagging tails (we let the dogs do that part, no need to show you our tail wagging!))

    So proud of you!

  6. TheKitchenWitch — 10/27/09 @ 12:13 pm

    I watched you, too! You did great!

    And I LOVE that you had that tape on your pants…I’ve done that before and I wanted to DIE. How awesome that you shared that little tidbit with us! :)

  7. I saw the video yesterday. You are a natural on TV! Great job!
    And yes, keeping it real is always a good thing when you’re rising to the top.

  8. Jaden! It was great to finally meet you at your very first book signing in NY! You did AMAZING and your book is absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous… Just like you!

    It’ll be a thrill to follow your book tour! Enjoy every minute of it even when you are dead tired… :)


  9. I watched your segment, and I LOVED it Jaden. You are a natural. I also ordered your book! I can’t wait to start blogging about it. :)

  10. Jane — 10/27/09 @ 9:32 pm

    I am so happy for you, Jaden! I love the cookbook. I wish I could join you on your book tour, but you aren’t coming anywhere near central Washington state. Good luck! Your book belongs in every kitchen.

  11. PinkDevora — 10/27/09 @ 10:08 pm

    Jaden, you did a great job on the Today show! Really fabulous.

    Darn, I would have loved to go to the book signing, but really couldn’t. Hope you had a good time.

  12. Congrats Jaden! I’ll be sure to tell everyone to buy your cookbook, can’t wait to review it on my site – obviously it will get huge props all around! :)

  13. Spencer — 10/27/09 @ 10:26 pm

    Awesome story, congratulations. :)

    Hope you got a chance to eat some dim sum while in NYC. I miss the food from my old home town…..

  14. Fran — 10/27/09 @ 11:13 pm

    Congratulations! — on the book and the television appearances. And for being able to laugh at yourself in an über embarrassing situation; one that I think we’ve all experienced. Just not necessarily during a whirlwind book tour. :)

    You’re doing great! Looking forward to more book tour posts.

  15. Elise — 10/28/09 @ 1:48 am

    Jaden, I’m so so proud to be your friend. Your cookbook is beautiful, fun, informative, and filled with awesome recipes. You totally rocked the house on the Today Show. (I hope the Discovery Channel is watching!) xoxoxoxo !!!!!!!

  16. chunky — 10/28/09 @ 2:00 am

    you certainly did it!!! congratulations steamy and i am really so proud of you! kisses!

  17. Chandara — 10/28/09 @ 3:38 am

    Jaden..so inspiring as always..your blog has kept me laughing on my tush even into the wee hours of the night. You have come so far..I can’t believe you were just a normal blogger and now, yes you’re a Star! You can toot your horn (I’ll wait). But I absolutely cannot wait to see you in San Francisco at Omnivore Books..whoo hoo! Congrats!

  18. Derek — 10/28/09 @ 6:48 am

    Congratulations, Jaden. That sounds like an awesome moment in your life! I wouldn’t worry about the sticker. Everybody loves stickers.

    I’ll just miss seeing you in Seattle, but I may be able to make it down to Coral Gables.

    Enjoy the moment!

  19. Alta — 10/28/09 @ 9:43 am

    Wow, love the sticker thing. That’s totally happened to me before, just saying! Of course, I wasn’t, and am still not, a STAR, but….

    I so watched the video of you on the Today Show. Awesome job! Congrats.

  20. Mirileigh — 10/28/09 @ 2:11 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! And I’ve done the jean-size-sticker-thing before too. Go with it…. it’s a statement.

  21. Cynthia — 10/28/09 @ 7:17 pm

    Awwww – I saw. I cried. I took a photo.

    You are so right, you did darn good!

  22. Wow! Seeing yourself on the bookshelf, that is really quite an accomplishment! Many congrats to you.

  23. Oh, yeah, that tag on the jeans thing has happened to me before! Glad the first leg of the tour went well. You were great on Today!

  24. nithya at hungrydesi — 11/1/09 @ 10:29 pm

    Sad to have missed your NY book signing but congratulations!

  25. Yael — 11/2/09 @ 2:19 am

    Super job on the Today Show! I wish you all the best and continued success- you are an inspiration!

  26. Arlene — 11/2/09 @ 2:45 am

    Ooohh Jaden, only you could have the sticker on your pants! You are soooo funny! Wish I could have been there, Lex & 3rd area is my fav place to stay in the city! My neice is manager at Dos Caminos III on 3rd! Hope to be able to see you at Publix Apron’s this coming month! Good luck sweetie! Arlene in Tpa (Lutz actually)

  27. Steph — 11/2/09 @ 8:44 am

    Woohoo, you go girl! Congrats on a wonderful accomplishment.

    I LOVED, loved, loved the sticker story too…BTDT! :)

    I do hope your book signing opportunities will bring you to Austin…perhaps you could come with Ree (PW) and make a fun time of it? I’d be happy to tour guide (yah, I have lived here 3 months, but I’m already a guide…NOT!).

    Enjoy your success and keep the good stuff coming,

  28. Vivian — 11/2/09 @ 10:58 am

    Jaden I can’t wait to get your book! I am so excited for you and hope that it is wonderfully successful. I just got to see Ree at her Oklahoma City book signing and I am hoping I get to see you somewhere a long your book tour too.

  29. Deborah Dowd — 11/2/09 @ 11:17 pm

    Jaden,I am so excited for you! I know you will remain grounded since that is what has taken you this far. Enjoy! You deserve it!

  30. momgateway — 11/2/09 @ 11:40 pm

    Congratulations, Jaden!! So happy for you!

  31. jadennnnn…..i’ll take a pic of your books here…i saw it in prince’s building’s dickson! yeahhhh jaden is in hong konggggg

  32. Amanda — 11/3/09 @ 8:44 am

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS! I’m sure that was very exciting to finally see the book with your own eyes, there up on the shelf for all to purchase! :)

    Second, you made me laugh OUT LOUD when I read the sticker comment. BAHAHA!

    And that baby – well I don’t think I even have to say it. But what a beauty!!

  33. Ninette — 11/4/09 @ 7:51 am

    Congratulations, Jaden. That must have been a surreal moment. Enjoy, enjoy!

  34. Nita — 11/4/09 @ 8:34 am

    Hey Janice!
    I just want to say Congratulations on your book!!!! What an amazing accomplishment! Now that I know it is officially out … I’m going to have to browse the Kinokuniya here in BKK to see if they have a copy. Can’t wait to check it out! Also just started checking out Pioneer woman’s site a couple of weeks ago based on a recommend from a friend here in Bangkok — small world! That fried chicken recipe looks amazing! Congrats again and good luck with the book tour! How very very exciting! Regards to your family…Cheers, Nita

  35. DPLK — 11/4/09 @ 9:47 am

    Hi Jaden–I’ve only come upon your site recently (probably around the time everyone started posting about the BlogHer conference), but I really love your authentic but approachable take on Asian cuisine. I really really really wish that those Food Network people would sign you on for a show because you are exactly what that network (and America) needs as far as more Asian exposure for home cooking, coupled with a charismatic personality. You’re great in front of the camera =) Congrats on the new book! I’ll have to go check it out in the bookstore soon!

  36. S.E. Seoh — 11/5/09 @ 5:08 pm

    “I saw. I cried. I took a photo.” – I love it…not that you cried of course. I’m so happy for you! Congrats on the new book and hope all your endeavors come true…which I’m sure they are. -.~

  37. rita — 11/6/09 @ 5:54 pm

    BIG CONGRATS!! that is so awesome. even i’m smiling from ear to ear. hahaha! 10 lbs gain or not, you still look great! we will sure toast for you. prost!

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