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LAist Interview: Food Writer and TV Chef Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen

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Jaden Hair with her new cookbook, the Steamy Kitchen cookbook | Photo by Diane Cu
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Jaden Hair is a food blogger, television personality, and photographer. She writes for Steamy Kitchen, TLC, and just came out with a new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight's Dinner . Jaden grew up in Los Angeles and has since become a regular guest on Daytime NBC and a writer for the Tampa Tribune in Florida, where she lives with her family. She recently made an appearance on the Today Show to talk about how to make Korean-style burgers and Kimchi Fried Rice.Jaden makes her triumphal return to LA this week and will teach a cooking class tomorrow night at Sur La Table at the Original Farmer's Market. The class starts at 6:30 PM and space is limited, and you can click here to sign up.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Well, when I first started coming up with names for the blog, Steamy Kitchen popped into my head immediately. It pays homage to my mom, who always has something simmering or steaming away in the kitchen. And it also refers to my very fiery, passionate personality.

Was there a particular moment in your life that pushed you towards blogging and blogging about food?
I used to write recipes on little 3 x 5 cards which were prone to being lost, soiled, or chewed on by my then toddlers. Then I started typing them on my computer until three blue screens of death later, they disappeared forever because I was too lazy to back up. So the blog really served as my recipe journal and database.