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Florence grew up as a true-blue Malaccan Nyonya (Straits Chinese) in a household of generations of excellent cooks. Their exacting standards and creative use of aromatic herbs in the kitchen inspired her passion for cooking.
A home economist in her earlier teaching years, Florence is now a chef by profession. As a Nyonya chef, she worked in five-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. Her other accomplishments include developing recipes for food and kitchen equipment companies, presenting TV cook-shows and judging cooking competitions She is also well known for her contribution of recipes to popular women’s magazines and has travelled widely, both at home and abroad for her country’s varied cuisines.
Florence Tan’s Timeless Peranakan Recipes is the culmination and expression of Florence’s passionate love affair with food over more than 25 years and her efforts to preserve for posterity, the cuisine of her Straits Chinese heritage.