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Martin Yan's China is the latest 26-part series from award winning Chinese chef and television host, Martin Yan.

The wide ranging episodes showcase a multi-faceted look at China today as well as its deeply rooted culinary traditions. Chef Yan reveals the sheer diversity of the people, regions and regional cooking that is as equally vast as the country itself.

In his travels through China, Chef Yan encounters many people of every province, from shopkeepers to chefs, fishermen to farmers. They share their knowledge and anecdotes, their love of country and their love of food with an immediacy never before seen on American television. Chef Yan travels across wide expanses to bring viewers the cacophony of an urban market, lonely stretches of farmland, cloud-ringed mountains and deep valleys, bustling malls and crowded streets – all linked to food and the cooking lesson that sets the central theme.

“Most Americans and I do not realize how complex China is and how different each region can be,” explains Chef Yan. “They think of it as huge, but ‘huge’ does not begin to describe the multitude of dialects, cultural subtleties and distinct cuisines. Chinese cuisine is nuanced by the produce and meat or fish sourced locally, and by the variety of spices used. Each region has its own cultural and culinary profile, and that is what I hope to highlight for the American viewer.”

In Martin Yan’s China, Chef Yan devotes half of the show to exploring China and everything it has to offer and the other half to the kitchen. Chef Yan visits Beijing, the home of Mandarin cuisine; Chongqing, home of Sichuan cuisine; Guangzhou, home of Cantonese cuisine; Shanghai, Xian and many more.

This marks the 30th anniversary of Chef Yan’s first TV show, “Yan Can Cook” which debuted in 1978 and became an instant hit. Since then he has gained legions of fans, and both recognition and multiple honors from culinary professionals. The accompanying cookbook, scheduled for February 2008 release, will be his 24th cookbook in English.

About Yan Can Cook
Yan Can Cook, Inc, founded in 1977 by Master Chef Martin Yan, is dedicated to promoting worldwide appreciation of Asian cuisine and culture. Yan Can Cook's renowned cooking-show/travelogues (over 1,900 created to date) air internationally in over 50 countries. Yan Can Cook creates and publishes cookbooks (28 to date), designs and produces cookware and household kitchen tools, offers tourism consultation, owns and operates a line of pan-Asian restaurants and provides food/service consultation to restaurants around the world. Chef Yan also acts as a food ambassador and offers product endorsements.

About A La Carte Communications
Founded in 1990 by Geoffrey Drummond and Nat Katzman, A La Carte Communications specializes in lifestyle television and video production and is America's leading independent producer of television cooking shows. A La Carte public television productions include: Emmy-winning Baking with Julia, America's Test Kitchen, Julia and Jacques Cooking At Home, Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, Michael Chiarello's Napa, Savor the Southwest and The Frugal Gourmet.

About American Public Television
For 42 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation's public television stations. APT distributes more than 10,000 hours of programming including Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter, Globe Trekker, Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World, Nightly Business Report, Rick Steves' Europe, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Ballykissangel, Brian Jacques' Redwall and Sinatra: The Classic Duets. APT is known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques for producers. In more than four decades, it has established a tradition of providing public television stations nationwide with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules. For more information about APT's programs and services, log on to