Facing a problem with your Chinese takeout order, again?
Bland noodles and lifeless spring rolls ruining your day?
We feel you.
Now, imagine having the power to whip up your own takeout magic at home.
Chinese Takeout Cookbooks could be your genie in a bottle.
Learn, experiment, and savor the tastes of authentic Chinese takeout, right from your kitchen.
And who knows?
You might just end up making better than your favorite takeout joint!
Top 10 Chinese Takeout Cookbooks
Here is the list of Chinese Takeout Cookbooks
- The Essential Wok Cookbook by Naomi Imatome Yun – Best Overall
- Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Kwoklyn Wan – Editor’s Choice
- Pei Mei’s Chinese Cookbook by Fu Pei Mei – Best Classic
- Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple by Chris Toy – Best for Beginners
- Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop – Best for Home Cooking
- The Food of Sichuan by Fuchsia Dunlop – Best for Spicy Food Lovers
- Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou – Best Vegetarian Option
- Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low – Best for Quick Meals
- Xi’an Famous Foods by Jason Wang – Best for Noodle Lovers
- Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho – Best for Bakers
The Essential Wok Cookbook by Naomi Imatome Yun
It’s a delightful blend of contemporary and classic recipes, showcasing the versatility of the wok.
Naomi’s expertise shines through, offering a sensory journey from the sizzle of stir-fries to the aroma of simmering broths.
The book emphasizes authentic flavors, resonating with my global palate shaped by diverse culinary traditions.
It’s educational, guiding you through techniques, and engaging, making you yearn for the next dish.
If you’re passionate about exploring the art of wok cooking, this cookbook is a must-have.
Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Kwoklyn Wan
It’s like having a culinary passport to the heart of China, right from your kitchen.
The recipes? Authentic.
The flavors? Explosive.
And the presentation? Pure artistry.
Kwoklyn Wan’s expertise shines, making every dish feel like a cherished memory from a bustling Chinese street market.
The best part? It’s not just about food.
It’s a journey. A sensory adventure.
And with the “Editor’s Choice” stamp, it’s a must-have for every food lover.
Hungry for a taste of China?
This cookbook’s got you covered.
Pei Mei’s Chinese Cookbook by Fu Pei Mei
It’s like unearthing a treasure trove of authentic Chinese recipes.
Fu Pei-Mei, often dubbed the Julia Child of Chinese cuisine, has curated a collection that’s both rich in tradition and easy to follow.
The book, first published in 1969, showcases dishes from various Chinese regions.
While some might find the flavors robust, a hint: you can moderate the salt and skip the MSG, yet end up with a dish that’s pure magic.
For someone like me, who’s tasted global flavors, this cookbook stands out for its authenticity.
It’s a must-have for anyone passionate about Chinese cooking.
Easy Chinese Cookbook Restaurant Favorites Made Simple by Chris Toy
This cookbook is a treasure trove for those venturing into Chinese cuisine.
With its clear instructions and authentic recipes, it’s no wonder it’s been dubbed “Best for Beginners.” The dishes?
They transport you straight to the heart of China’s culinary landscape.
Imagine savoring the rich flavors of Kung Pao Chicken or the comforting warmth of Hot and Sour Soup.
And the best part? These dishes are made simple for the home cook.
So, if you’ve ever been intimidated by Chinese cooking, this is your golden ticket.
Ready to embark on a flavorful journey?
Grab your wok and let’s stir-fry!
Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop
Dunlop, an authority on Chinese cooking, presents a collection of recipes that are both accessible and deeply rooted in tradition.
The book’s vivid imagery transports you to the heart of China, making you feel the warmth of home-cooked meals.
It’s evident why this cookbook stands out as the “Best for Home Cooking.” The dishes, ranging from stir-fries to soups, are a testament to the rich culinary heritage of China.
They’re not just recipes; they’re stories, experiences, and a celebration of Chinese culture.
If you’re keen on diving into the world of Chinese home cooking, this is your golden ticket.
The Food of Sichuan by Fuchsia Dunlop
This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a culinary odyssey.
Dunlop, with her finely sharpened cleaver, takes us on a journey that’s as engrossing as the dishes she describes.
From her firsthand experiences in Chengdu’s Sichuan University to her intense training at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine, her passion is palpable.
The book, a testament to time, has evolved since its first publication in 2001, capturing the ever-changing essence of Sichuanese food.
Beyond the fiery reputation, Dunlop unveils a sophisticated cuisine, rich in history and flavor.
And while many associate Sichuan with chili heat, it’s the tingling sensation of the Sichuan pepper that stands out.
Dive into this masterpiece, and you’ll discover layers of a cuisine that’s among the world’s finest.
Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou
Hsiao-Ching Chou’s “Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food” is a delightful culinary journey.
It’s a treasure trove of authentic recipes, capturing the essence of Chinese vegetarian cuisine.
The dishes, from savory stir-fries to comforting dumplings, are crafted with love and expertise.
The book’s simplicity makes it accessible, even for kitchen novices.
Yet, its depth showcases the rich tapestry of flavors and techniques that define vegetarian Chinese dishes.
A standout in the realm of cookbooks, it’s no wonder it’s been crowned the “Best Vegetarian Option.” For those seeking a genuine taste of vegetarian Chinese delights, this book’s a must-have.
And… it’s a testament to Chou’s culinary prowess.
Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low
Bee Yinn Low’s “Easy Chinese Recipes” is a delightful dive into authentic Chinese cuisine, tailored for the modern Western kitchen.
Born in Malaysia with a rich Chinese heritage, Bee’s approach is both genuine and practical.
The book’s large format showcases step-by-step photos, making the culinary journey feel approachable.
From the spicy undertones of Sichuan dishes to the aromatic allure of Chicken with Garlic Sauce, there’s a flavor profile for every palate.
And for those with a sweet tooth? The Fresh Mango Pudding is a must-try.
Bee’s unpretentious writing style, combined with a plethora of dishes, ensures you’re in for a treat.
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a newbie, this cookbook promises a gastronomic adventure that’s both educational and engaging.
Xi’an Famous Foods by Jason Wang
Xi’an Famous Foods (XFF) is changing the narrative.
Think wheat over rice, lamb over pork, and a tantalizing hint of cumin.
And oh, the spice! From cold skin noodles to lamb-filled dumplings, the menu is a journey.
But this book? It’s more.
Dive into recipes, sure, but also Wang’s heartfelt memoir of longing for home and the rise of XFF.
Some recipes might challenge you (outdoor sauce, anyone?), but the rewards?
Absolutely worth it.
And if you’re noodle-curious, this book’s got your back.
Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho
“Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho” is a delightful journey into the heart of Asian bakeries.
With each page, you’re transported to a world where traditional meets contemporary.
The recipes? Authentic, yet approachable.
The visuals? A feast for the eyes, making you almost taste the fluffiness of milk bread and the sweet allure of mooncakes.
It’s a must-have for bakers, especially those keen on mastering Asian pastries.
The techniques and insights shared are a testament to Cho’s deep connection with her culinary roots.
And for someone like me, who’s tasted global flavors, this book stands out.
It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a story, a legacy.
And for bakers? It’s pure gold.
Final Say So!
No more settling for subpar takeout!
With these Chinese Takeout Cookbooks, you’re equipped to create authentic, mouthwatering dishes right in your own kitchen.
From stir-fries to mooncakes, these culinary guides promise a gastronomic journey that rivals, if not surpasses, your favorite takeout joint.
So, grab a wok, pick a recipe, and let the magic begin!