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The 'stir-fried life' of top chef Ken Hom

The man who brought Chinese cooking to UK television marks five-decade career

Ken Hom's unlikely journey from kitchen helper in Chicago's Chinatown to globe-trotting celebrity chef is recounted with wit and humor in his book “My Stir-Fried Life,” which is now reaching Asian readers through translations in Thai and Mandarin.   © AP

There is a running joke throughout "My Stir-Fried Life," the breezy and entertaining autobiography of Ken Hom, a widely known advocate of Chinese cookery through some 36 books, TV documentaries, personalized kitchenware and more.

Now 72, with a bald dome and folds of wrinkles resembling a Shar-Pei puppy, Hom bears an uncanny resemblance to the Dalai Lama -- and is often mistaken for him in airports.. And, just like that great Asian sage, this caterer to kings and celebrities is preparing for his own demise by divesting himself of his worldly goods -- in his case the proceeds of culinary fame.

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