Sean Kanan Shares Favorite Recipes and Helps Rebrand Men With His New Book
CBS Star Sean Kanan recently wrote a cookbook called “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan.” Having been a longtime “The Young & The Restless” fan (and a fan of his bad boy role as Deacon), I felt like I won a guest role in a reality show, “Get to Meet Your Favorite Stars,” when I was able to interview him.
As I relayed in a previous blog post,! It turns out his love of food – and cooking – started early, in the 7th grade, when he liked a girl and wanted to impress her by making (what he thought was) a really good lasagna with about four cloves of garlic. Apparently, it was a little too much for her based on her horrible reaction … but that didn’t deter him from trying his hand at cooking again. Meantime, his Mom was quite a foodie, taking Chinese cooking classes in downtown Pittsburgh while he was growing up in Newcastle and exposing his young palate to a wide range of cuisines and flavors.
So, what were Sean’s goals for writing the book?
First, he wants to INSPIRE – to help people be the best they can be, to get in touch with their authentic selves and to use cooking as a conduit for connection, saying:
When you boil everything down in life, it boils down to our desire as human beings for connection – connection with the outside world, to other people, and, ultimately, connection with ourselves.
Equally important, he wants to help REBRAND MEN! Sean feels that men have gotten a bad rap, having been beaten up by Madison Avenue and Hollywood:
Just look at sitcoms – guys are portrayed as overgrown children, as infantile idiots who are simply incapable of doing anything other than devising schemes to watch sports, drink beer, order pizza and chase women.
Sean is concerned that most men haven’t had the benefit of a mentor. While women have had Martha Stewart, Oprah, Rachael Ray, and, before them, Betty Crocker and Emily Post, guys haven’t had anyone to help them learn the skills that many women wish men had. Take flower arranging. While most guys would dismiss it as something for women, he highlights in his book, “some of the baddest hombres to ever roam the Japanese countryside,” the Samurai, embraced it as a way to improve their ability to focus on a single subject. By studying the art of flower arranging, they developed a laser-like focus which could be transferred to study of swordsmanship and martial arts. So, I say, men, listen to Sean … go out there and embrace flowers!
Other key areas Sean helps guys out with in the book include:
- Etiquette and Manners (Handwriting is important – “Stop thinking like a Paleolithic misogynist!”)
- Setting up a Home Bar for Entertaining (Always have two bottles of Champagne chilled, ready to go!)
- Entertaining (Clean, clean, clean!)
- Creating Special Occasions (For birthdays, wow her with your ‘Culinary jujitsu!’)
Sean’s Favorite Recipes
By far, Sean says, the Crab Cakes (p.99) are favorite dish in the book, which he garnishes with crème fraiche, golden caviar, and homemade tartar sauce on the side.
He’s also very fond of the “Saucy Jack’s Fish & Chips” recipe (p.100) with a side of mashed potatoes. He can’t skip ketchup on his chips and tartar sauce on his fish.
And for you Y&R fans, Sean also loves “Mrs. LeBlanc’s Oyster and Spinach Bisque” from Christian LeBlanc’s mother, Mrs. Alice LeBlanc (p.81). Y&R fans know that Christian plays Michael Baldwin on the show. His mother, from New Orleans, published her recipe in the Times-Picayune newspaper on March 26, 1978, where it was a first-place winner in the soups and gumbo category. Since I’m also a huge fan of Christian’s, I’m definitely going to try to make this recipe!
Next up: Sean’s Dating Tips … stay tuned.