Bored of the same old stir-fries? We’ve all been there. You’re hungry, but those same vegan Chinese recipes just aren’t cutting it anymore. You crave variety, creativity, and of course, mouthwatering flavors that leave you satisfied. Well, here’s the exciting news: we’ve discovered the 10 best vegan Chinese cookbooks and recipe books to spice up your kitchen adventures. Get ready to turn up the heat, because these books are about to take your culinary skills to the next level!
Top 10 Vegan Chinese Cookbooks
Here is the list of Vegan Chinese Cookbooks
- The Vegan Chinese Kitchen: Recipes and Modern Stories from a Thousand-Year-Old Tradition: A Cookbook by Hannah Che – Best Overall
- Vegan Chinese Cookbook: 75 Delicious Plant-Based Favorites by Y. Richard Yang – Editor’s Choice
- Asian Green: Everyday Plant-based Recipes Inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang – Best for Asian Cuisine
- The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López–alt – Best for Scientific Cooking
- Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten – Best for Home Cooking
- Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever – Best for Appetizers
- Momofuku by David Chang and Petter Meehan – Best for Fusion Cuisine
- Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi – Best for Mediterranean Flavors
- Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten – Best for Basic Recipes
- Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas – Best for Vegetarians
The Vegan Chinese Kitchen: Recipes and Modern Stories from a Thousand-Year-Old Tradition: A Cookbook by Hannah Che
Hannah Che’s masterpiece isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a journey. A delightful blend of tradition and innovation, this book is a treasure trove for both seasoned chefs and culinary novices. The recipes? Diverse. From quick bites to elaborate feasts, each dish is a testament to the richness of Chinese cuisine, veganized. And the best part? The ingredients. Familiar, yet used in ways that surprise and delight. The visuals? Stunning. They don’t just make you want to cook; they make you want to dive into the pages. A must-have for every kitchen. And… it’s the Best Overall.
Vegan Chinese Cookbook: 75 Delicious Plant-Based Favorites by Y. Richard Yang
Vegan Chinese Cookbook: 75 Delicious Plant-Based Favorites by Y. Richard Yang is a delightful culinary journey. Yang, the genius behind the popular food blog Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen, has crafted a collection that’s both authentic and accessible. You’re not just getting recipes; you’re getting a masterclass in Chinese cooking techniques. From the art of rolling-cut eggplant to the finesse of folding a dumpling, it’s all here. And the best part? It’s all vegan. Dive into homey dishes like Silken Tofu Salad or recreate your favorite takeout with Sesame Sauce Noodles. With a pantry guide ensuring you’ve got all the essentials, this book is a treasure for both seasoned chefs and kitchen novices. And for those who’ve always wanted to master the wok, Yang’s got your back. This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a celebration of plant-based Chinese cuisine.
Asian Green: Everyday Plant-based Recipes Inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang
Awarded as the “Best for Asian Cuisine,” Ching-He Huang’s “Asian Green” is a breath of fresh air in the vegan cookbook realm. Huang, with her decade-long expertise, presents a collection that’s not just vegan but vibrantly Asian. The book promises quick, everyday plant-based recipes, capturing the essence of various Asian cuisines. From reimagined iconic meat dishes like Veggie Ants Climbing Trees to the delightful Sweetcorn Dad Dan Noodles, there’s a burst of flavor in every page. Huang’s commitment to sustainability shines, emphasizing the importance of plant-based diets in today’s world. The recipes, adorned with nutritional info and clear prep times, make decision-making a breeze. And for those with a sweet tooth? A delightful dessert section awaits. This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a culinary journey, one that every vegan and Asian cuisine enthusiast should embark on.
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López–alt
J. Kenji López-Alt’s “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science” is a culinary masterpiece for those who love to understand the ‘why’ behind their cooking. Awarded the ‘Best for Scientific Cooking’, this book is a delightful blend of science and gastronomy. Kenji, the culinary genius behind Serious Eats, dives deep into the science of American dishes, challenging conventional methods. Ever wondered about the perfect pan-fried steak or the crispiest potato casserole? This book has the answers. With over 1,000 vibrant images, it’s a visual treat. It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a culinary class with a fun professor. A must-have for those who love to experiment and understand their food.
Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
“Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten is a delightful culinary journey. It’s a testament to the art of home cooking. With recipes that resonate with warmth and authenticity, Ina crafts dishes that are both comforting and sophisticated. The book is peppered with personal anecdotes, making it feel like a cozy chat over a kitchen counter. The dishes? Think global flavors meeting homely comfort. And while it’s not strictly vegan or Chinese, the essence of home-cooked love is universal. A must-have for those who cherish the symphony of flavors in every bite.
Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever
Anthony Bourdain, once the “bad boy” of the culinary world, presents “Appetites: A Cookbook” as a reflection of his evolved persona. This isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a journey. Drawing from his vast experiences, both as a chef and a global traveler, Bourdain curates a collection meant for the home cook. He emphasizes dishes he believes everyone should master. Interestingly, his transformation from a globe-trotting chef to a doting father is evident. His meticulousness, shaped by years in professional kitchens, shines through, making him, humorously, a “psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.” This book isn’t just about recipes; it’s about Bourdain’s love for food, family, and the art of entertaining at home.
Momofuku by David Chang and Petter Meehan
“Momofuku” by David Chang and Peter Meehan is a culinary masterpiece. It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a journey through the fusion of traditional Asian flavors and modern techniques. David Chang, a renowned chef, brings authenticity and creativity to every dish. The recipes? They’re innovative, yet rooted in tradition. And the best part? It’s perfect for those who crave a fusion twist in their vegan Chinese dishes. The book’s presentation? Simply impeccable. The photos? They make you want to dive right in. If you’re looking for a cookbook that offers a fresh perspective on vegan Chinese cuisine with a fusion flair, this one’s a must-have. And for those who appreciate the art of culinary storytelling, David Chang doesn’t disappoint.
Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi
Drawing from my global culinary experiences, “Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi is a delightful addition to any kitchen. It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a journey. With Mediterranean flavors at its core, it’s a testament to Ottolenghi’s genius. The recipes? Authentic. The presentation? Artistic. And the best part? They’re simple. Perfect for those who appreciate the art of cooking but are strapped for time. It’s educational, offering a deep dive into Mediterranean cuisine. Engaging, with every page turning into a sensory experience. And actionable, with clear, concise instructions. A must-have for those yearning for a taste of the Mediterranean.
Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten is a gem in the culinary world. Imagine sitting with a close friend, sharing stories, and she hands you a recipe card. That’s the vibe. Garten’s approach is refreshingly simple, yet the flavors? Explosive. She’s got this knack for making the ordinary extraordinary. Think classic Chinese dishes, but with a vegan twist. And the photos? They’re the kind you’d double-tap on Instagram. The book’s essence? It’s all about elevating basic recipes. Perfect for those who want to dip their toes into vegan Chinese cuisine without feeling overwhelmed. A must-have for every kitchen. And… it’s got my stamp of approval for ‘Best for Basic Recipes’.
Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas
Anna Thomas’s “Love Soup” is a delightful addition to any kitchen library, especially for those leaning towards vegetarianism. The book boasts 160 vegetarian recipes, each crafted with love and expertise. Readers have praised its diverse range of soups, from hearty to light, all bursting with flavor. The presentation? Simply impeccable. The recipes are easy to follow, making it a favorite for both novices and seasoned chefs. It’s no wonder it’s been dubbed “Best for Vegetarians”. The book not only offers delicious recipes but also embodies Anna’s passion for vegetarian cuisine. A must-have for anyone looking to explore the vegetarian culinary world.
Final Say So!
Ready to elevate your vegan Chinese culinary game? These cookbooks are your golden ticket. From traditional delights to modern twists, they’ve got you covered. Dive in, experiment, and let your kitchen be filled with the rich aromas and flavors of vegan Chinese cuisine. Happy cooking!