Yan can be a little hokey at times, but that's part of the fun. I really enjoyed this book and every recipe I have tried has been excellent. Ingredients and other tidbits are thoroughly explained. As it's one of the older Yan books, I found it enjoyable not to have to wade through a glossy "picture book" cook book so popular today that seem to leave the recipes in as an afterthought.
Just like his Jerrie Lewis-like show to entertain the audience, this cook book is trying very hard to be funny and wastes lot of pages and spaces in gimmicky blabbings. The ingredients are okay, the mix of all marinading and battering ingredients and portions are not so good and actually not even authentic. Buy since this book is also treating readers like the TV show audience, entertaining and marketing purposes are well served.