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From My Mama's Kitchen
This is a wonderful keepsake book about motherly love. It is a tribute to acknowledge and honor moms all over the world for their spiritual and inspirational contribution in making a positive difference in the lives of their children and their loved ones.

My Books

non-fiction, self-help, women's issues, inspirational, wellness

About Me

Author Portrait
I believe the best way to learn about me is through my personal vision and mission statement, which I authored in January 1996.

For Myself: Using my gift of creativity and imagination, I will continue to invent the future by expressing my visions courageously in words and actions. I will always be a professional – honoring integrity, justice, kindness, and will always be humble and have a sense of humor in everything I do.

For My Family: They are my treasure. I will always promote and take the lead in building healthy and loving relationships that allow each of us to become our best selves.

For My Professional Life: I will always create a learning environment that is fair and honest, which can cultivate and inspire others to greatness and success by acting as a catalyst in a shared vision.

For My Community: I am committed to enriching the lives of all who cross my path by sharing my fellowship, and by respecting their very own unique selves. I will always nurture the development of all life forms in harmony with the laws of nature.

I will always live my life with a Universal Balance, with a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye, peaceful and confident, always living to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy.

In 2001, I left a successful career as the Chief Operating Officer of a major company to pursue a life-long dream of owning my own business. I launched Batik World® and started selling exotic Malaysian Batik ™ fabrics to the apparel and fashion accessories industry.

In the spring of 2003, I started another company, The Reyna Collection® to market Tribal Artifacts from exotic Borneo, focusing on the interior design and home décor industries. Today, it is a premier multi-line resource group located in Dallas, Texas, representing seven major companies and manufacturers with product lines ranging from architectural antiques, furniture made from natural fibers, handmade decorative lighting, bronze statuary and sculptures, fine porcelain, certified “Green” furniture from Brazil, and architecturally sculptured custom water features.

In April 2007, after being inspired and encouraged by my various “moms,” I began a new project – a book titled, “From My Mama’s Kitchen – food for the soul, recipes for living.”

A book of insights, I begin in the kitchen, which is highlighted as a one-of-a-kind classroom where these women (my nine moms) become aware of both the challenges and rewards of life, and where they discover themselves – their strengths, weaknesses, creativity, and private sanctuary.

Just as women’s lives expand to encompass far more than the kitchen, so does my book. I show how these women continue to embrace the roles of teacher, coach, and counselor for their loved ones while continuously working on their own personal goals, challenges, and refinements.

I share their timeless loving wisdom that makes such a positive difference in my life and the lives of those they love. Finally, in the normal cycle of the human life, each one of us will eventually become our parent’s parent, and this is where “we come to a full circle by fulfilling the synergy of family oneness.”

In a nutshell: I have been very fortunate over the years to have the opportunity to cross paths with several wonderful women whom I am proud to call mom. They have helped me at various points in my life to decode the many mysteries and challenges of everyday living. Their unconditional love and support have helped me to continue to succeed in all areas of my life.

From a humorous perspective, I have always viewed life as a giant buffet line that offers me the opportunity to choose what I like. With the exception of eating vegetables, I would always try something new once. If I like its flavor and taste, I will always go back for seconds.

Likewise, I view my blog with the same perspective. If I have pique your interest with the articles covered in the various categories, please come back for seconds, thirds, etc.

Finally, please check out my From My Mama’s Kitchen Talk Radio Show (FMMK Talk Radio) where you can listen live and have an opportunity to call in as a participating listener or to request to be a guest on the show.

I welcome and look forward to receiving all constructive comments.

Thank you and have a wonderful day.



“This book is full of sage advice for living. It is an excellent book for seasoned mothers to affirm their role with their children and those who have been in their kitchens, for expectant mothers on what an influence they will have on their children and for every child regardless of age or gender to appreciate the wisdom that has been shared with them…it will continue to be a reference book for wisdom I can impart and guidance for how I can continue to improve myself and the perception others have of me.
Thanks for putting your pearls of “motherly love” on paper for all to enjoy and share. These pearls can be borrowed and shared as “fatherly love” or just “friendly love” and can play a role towards peace worldwide as they have no ethnic or cultural barriers.”
Linda K.
51-year old, wife, mother, and grandmother (Dallas, Texas)
This book is like comfort food for the soul. It brings sunshine to your life with the tales and experiences author Johnny Tan delivers to the reader. Being raised by my dad, not having a mother in my life, I still found this book to take me to a place new and different. The bonus is the recipe section in the back-it almost takes you to the kitchen of one of his 9 moms.
Emily R.
Johnny Tan shares his learning experiences and teaches us to observe and benefit from the lessons of everyday life. This book is sweetly inspiring and a perfect Mother's Day gift for all the women in your life. A tasty addition to your library!
D Rose
I adore this book! This is the first book I've read that shows the best parenting happens in the smallest moments. Simple, everday wisdom that we never can have enough of is passed down through shared moments in the kitchen. Johnny Tan has been blessed to have had nine women help shape his life. In From My Mama's Kitchen... he remembers these ordinary moments with his various mom's and shares their loving effect on his life and values. As teacher, coach and counselor a mother's role is huge and never-ending. This book inspired me to try harder to be a good mom. I also bought a copy to give to my own mother and wrote in some of her 'words to the wise' that have served me well in life. I can't imagine a better gift for a mom than these sweet memories of motherly love.
Kathryn L.
Johnny Tan has used this book, My Mama's Kitchen, as an excellent analogy for the secret to the simple pleasures and appreciation of Life! Overall this book is extremely motivating and inspirational! I recomend this book for any single, adoptive, foster, step or biological mother regardless of age or culture. It forces you to reflect back and rekindle many relationships, that have cultivated an individual along life's journey. It pays tribute to women, as playing a major role in child rearing and development. I think this book is an excellent way to say "thank you" to any women regardless of their title, as a gift of appreciation for teaching someone about the valuable lessons of life. It shows that we can have many different influences in our lives, and still achieve prosperity. A perfect gift for any occasion!
PS Root
I randomly found this book and got it for my mom. She loved it so much that she ended up buying it for all the women in mothers' group. Ended up being a great gift idea!
Delta K.

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From My Mama's Kitchen
P.O. Box 420492
Dallas, Texas 75242


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Art of Compliments with Monica Strobel

Created On: 06/26/2011 14:28:50
Are you having problems in giving and receiving compliments?

Monica Storbel is an expert at taking a positive approach to life with compliments. Her new book, titled, The Compliment Quotient will help you with this issue.

You will learn: Why compliments are so powerful for both the giver and the receiver? Ways to craft meaningful compliments while avoiding empty flattery? How to accept compliment graciously, and much more!

Monica and I will be discussing about her live’s journey, and how to develop one simple practice of giving compliments to boost your joy, sustain and enliven all your relationships.

Please call 347.327.9995 on Tuesday June 28th from 10-11 am U.S. CT to join Monica and I live on the air with your questions and comments.

For more information please click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fmmk-talk-radio/2011/06/28/art-of-compliments-with-monica-strobel

New York, New York with Rob Silverman

Created On: 06/20/2011 07:00:51
Rob Silverman arrives in New York as a twenty-something from London. Through all the ups and downs of working, commuting, dating, marrying and having kids in the city, he has now become an expert on the city.

What is it like to live in the greatest city in the world?

New York City is so unique that it generates its own culture, its own attitude, and its own exclusiveness. These attributes bring with them tons of idiosyncrasies and quirks that need to be explored and commented on to truly understand what it is like to live, breathe, work, and play here. It’s what makes New York, New York so good they named it twice.

Rob and I will be discussing about his live’s journey and his newly released book New York, New York.

Please call 347.327.9995 on Tuesday June 21st from 10-11 am U.S. CT to join Rob and I live on the air with your questions and comments.

For more information please click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fmmk-talk-radio/2011/06/21/new-york-new-york-with-rob-silverman

Father’s Day Special with “Bobblehead Dad” Jim Higley

Created On: 06/13/2011 06:26:49
Jim Higley was a typical middle-age dad whose world, overnight, went from the soccer field sidelines cheering on his children to the sidelines of life. At the age of forty-four, he became the fourth member of his immediate family to receive a diagnosis of cancer and suddenly found himself with an entire summer removed from all of life’s obligations as he allowed his body to heal after surgery.

As a single father of three and an insightful storyteller Jim writes about the experiences found in the nooks and crannies of everyday life from a dad’s perspective. Becoming a full time stay-at-home dad, he writings centers around carpools, bake sales, attempting to make school play costumes with a glue gun, and simply being home and available 24/7.

Jim and I will be discussing about his life’s journey, his newly released book “Bobblehead Dad” and his award as The World Greatest Dad from Man of the House magazine.

Please call 347.327.9995 on Tuesday June 14th from 10-11 am U.S. CT to join Jim and I live on the air with your questions and comments.

For more information please click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fmmk-talk-radio/2011/06/14/fathers-day-special-with-bobblehead-dad-jim-higley

“In Search of the Light” with Leonard Jacobson

Created On: 06/05/2011 15:12:07
Leonard Jacobson is a renowned spiritual teacher and founder of The Conscious Living Foundation, an organization that supports the awakening of human consciousness. He is also a successful author of several books, including Words from Silence, Embracing the Present, Bridging Heaven & Earth, and Journey into Now.

His latest children’s picture book, titled, In Search of the Light, tells an enchanting story of animals in the meadow who experience a sudden eclipse of the sun. Considering the situation to be most urgent, they form an expedition of four who journey to unknown places in search of the source of the light.

Leonard and I will be discussing about his life’s mission, and his conscious living approach for today’s family.

Please call 347.327.9995 on Tuesday June 7th from 10-11 am U.S. CT to join Leonard and I live on the air with your questions and comments.

For more information please click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fmmk-talk-radio/2011/06/07/in-search-of-the-light-with-leonard-jacobson

“A Quest for Good Manners” with Karin Lefranc

Created On: 05/28/2011 18:57:29
Need help in teaching your child about etiquette, but don’t know how to approach the subject? Then, you are in for a treat! Karin Lefranc’s new book, titled, A Quest for Good Manners makes learning etiquette fun.

Born in Sweden, Karin has traveled the world many times over because of her family and her work. She owns a children’s store called Over the Moon, in Avon, Connecticut where she offers classes from High Tea & Etiquette to Please Pass the Table Manners.

Karin and I will be discussing about her life’s journey, and her fun, cute book about showing kids why it's important to be polite.

Please call 347.327.9995 on Tuesday May 31st from 10-11 am U.S. CT to join Karin and I live on the air with your questions and comments.

For more information please click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fmmk-talk-radio/2011/05/31/a-quest-for-good-manners-with-karin-lefranc

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