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Food Network star; host of the network's Mexican Made Easy; author of Fresh Mexico and Mexican Made Easy (coming in September).
The food: Yellowtail sashimi. I remember trying this like it was yesterday, even though it was 12 years ago. I was on a date at Sushi Roku in Los Angeles. Growing up in Tijuana, I'd never tried sushi and didn't even know how to eat the edamame. My date ordered the yellowtail sashimi. I'd never experienced anything like it: raw fish packed with flavor. It was sublime.
How it changed me: It inspired me to embrace fusion cooking as one of the greatest things about living in L.A. I included a Tijuana-style sushi roll recipe in Fresh Mexico.