Chef Martin Yan Donates Life's Work of Books and Artifacts to UC Davis


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World-renowned celebrity chef Martin Yan donated his collection of nearly 3,000 cookbooks, his first wok, thousands of photographs and other media to an archive to be established in his name at the University of California, Davis.

Yan and his wife, Susan, both UC Davis graduates, recently gifted the items and funds to create the Chef Martin Yan Legacy Archive in the UC Davis Library Archives and Special Collections.

The donation includes:

  • among the cookbooks, 30 that Yan authored
  • photographs, videos, media clips and slides taken as Yan traveled the world for his food and travel shows, including Yan Can Cook
  • awards Yan received over the years
  • $20,000 to preserve and digitize the archive

The Yans said they selected the UC Davis Library for their archive because of the university’s international prestige in food and wine sciences — including the library’s reputation as the world’s preeminent wine library and its growing collections about food.

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