Just in time for Valentine’s Day! We are interviewing harem leader, Smutketeer husband and Chef Extraordinaire…Chef Lee-author of …And He Can Cook! How to Hone Your Most Important Dating Skill.
This cookbook has it all. Takes a man from grocery and equipment shopping, to cleaning his house. It’s full of sexy recipes guaranteed to make a woman weak in the knees, as well as advice from all the Smutketeers, and a few other fabulous romance authors on how a woman likes to be treated.
We have a little crush on him. And we all have a few questions.
Eden: When and how did you first come up with the idea to do a how-to cooking and dating book?
Chef Lee: For as long as I can remember, I always seemed to be helping someone come up with a recipe, helping my friends work out the dings in their relationships. (Apparently I look like I know what I’m talking about.) I thought about it a lot over the years, as I worked in different restaurant and resort jobs. I found myself working as a demonstration chef, and it showed me how many people don’t know how to do some of the most basic things in the kitchen, how willing they are to learn, and how clueless some men are about what women want. My wife often gushes over me to her friends, and a phrase she uses is “…And he can cook!” And voila the book was born.
Crystal: Give us your favorite dating tip from the book (It’s too bad you can’t read it to us out loud. You have a super sexy voice. Um…don’t tell your wife I said that.). Why do you think it’s the best tip?
Chef Lee: I actually have a lot of advice sprinkled throughout the book. About not spending more time in front of the mirror than she does, of the dangers of using cologne as a soap substitute etc. But the one most of my male friends seem to be oblivious to, and the one I think helps to get their minds focused on the woman and the evening ahead is:
Clean Your Damn House
Especially the bathroom. Or, if you have the cash, hire a maid service for the day. For around fifty bucks you’ll be able to see the floor’s original color and women won’t be afraid to sit down on your toilet. Also, that weird smell will disappear. What weird smell? Trust me…it’s there. Ask any woman, and she’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The “bachelor” smell.
Feisty: That is so true. Okay, Angelina or Jennifer?
Chef Lee: Um…what?
Feisty: Oh, sorry-we aren’t at the quickfire questions yet. I’m getting excited.
Eden: Me too!! Tell us how you became interested in cooking. Has it ever helped you get the girls?
Were you always so smooth with the ladies? (And you are smooth). (ETA by Eden: And you smell good. Don’t tell your wife I said that).
Chef Lee: I used to watch my mother and grandmother in the kitchen, it was like watching a chemistry experiment. I loved chemistry. Loved to blow things up, like most boys. When I was twelve I asked for a traditional Chinese hand-hammered wok. And the rest is culinary history haha. (And yes, I still have that wok).
As far as success with the ladies…As much as I wanted to be a bad boy on a Harley, I’ve always been kind of a nice guy… a geek…with a Harley. Cooking became my unique skill, my ice breaker. Something that got me noticed and appreciated far more than my stories about my days in the marching band or my infinite knowledge of all things Star Trek.
Cooking did win my wife’s heart. Though she says my sweet ass and bizarre sense of humor helped…I know it was the chocolate raspberry cheesecake and my ability to recreate Benihana’s ginger salad dressing. (And thanks Eden, I try)
Crystal: What’s RG’s favorite recipe from the book? How many times did you test all the recipes on her before she decided?
RG: I know! I know! The Fig and Red Currant Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes!
or the curry dish. Or maybe the Spicy Tuna with Wasabi Aioli. (I can’t decide-and I’ve tried them all…the reason I’m currently dieting.) P.S. Crys, Eden…You know I’m here right? I can see you. LOL
Eden: *G* Speaking of RG, What is it like living with an erotica author? How does she inspire your work?
Chef Lee: Well, I try to make dishes spicy enough to distract her from her current Alpha male. Food that inspires her to use me for research. ;) I suppose that keeps me striving to be my best. But also, as a romance novelist, she provides me with a perfect window into the female psyche-as well as inspiring me to write. Watching how much she has accomplished these last few years really made me believe I could follow my dreams of writing this cookbook. You are lucky in this life if you find a partner who encourages your dreams, and helps you make them come true.
RG: Aww. I think I have some more research to do hon. But I’ll wait until the interview is over.
Chef Lee: Yeehaw!
Feisty: Don’t stop on our account! Any plans for another book?
Chef Lee: Yes! Probably by 2011. A couples cookbook (though And He Can Cook! can be used by both male and female alike) called And Two Can Cook! I’m somewhat of a kitchen nazi at home, though I teach people how to cook for a living. So my wife and I are going to learn by doing. In every other area, we work together very well, but in the kitchen-I’m in teacher mode. This book will have new recipes, and new ways to have fun and be romantic in the kitchen together.
Eden: Sounds great!! Tell us about your website and blog-you have some very interesting features that we think people should know about!
Chef Lee: My website is designed to be a source of continuous information stemming from my book. I have a cooking and dating tip of the week (I need to go put new ones in today) I have compromises on movies that would go well with different recipe themes, and before the year is out I plan on having some instructional videos as well. www.andhecancook.com
And now for some traditional Smutketeer-style quick-and nosey-questions:
~T or A? A…wait does it have to be one?
~Tropical beach or mountain cabin? cabin
~Boxers or briefs? Neither. If commando was good enough for Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse, its good enough for me.
~Champagne or beer? Beeeeeeeeer.
~Top or bottom? Top. Unless I can talk her into reverse cowgi–um…top.
~Sheep or goats? Why? What have you heard? :)
~Angelina or Jennifer? Neither. I would say Minnie Driver or Selma Hayek. And the answer to that is foursome w/ my wife. This is the Smutketeers, I can say that right?
Smutketeers: Always! Thank you Chef for coming to visit! Chef Lee is having a CONTEST. If you spread the word about this great cookbook and post on this blog, you can win a copy of …And He Can Cook! As well as a $20 Amazon gift certificate!
He’ll choose a winner on Sunday.
All for Smut and Smut for All!