8 Best Asian American Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Got a problem finding the right Asian American cookbook?

Frustrating, huh?

We get it, really we do.

Relax, we’ve got the solution for you.

Stay tuned!

Top 8 Asian American Cookbooks

Here is the list of Asian American Cookbooks

  • “Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn” – Best Overall
  • “Momofuku A Cookbook” – Editor’s Choice
  • “The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens” – Best for Home Cooking
  • “Indian-Ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family” by Priya Krishna – Best Fusion Cookbook
  • “The Wok: Recipes and Techniques” – Best for Techniques
  • “Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home” – Best for Authenticity
  • “Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More” – Best for Variety
  • “Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art” by Shizuo Tsuji – Best for Japanese Cuisine

Asian-American Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn by Dale Talde and J. J. Goode

“Asian-American” isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a revolutionary journey.

Merging Asian-inspired dishes with American favorites, this book tantalizes the taste buds in unexpected ways.

Imagine pork dumplings with a pretzel twist or diving into stories that resonate with Dale’s own upbringing.

It’s a fusion of flavors, cultures, and tales.

The recipes? They’re a delightful blend of tradition and innovation.

Some are rooted deep in authenticity, while others playfully challenge the norms.

And for someone like me, who’s savored global flavors, this book feels like a dance of familiar and novel notes.

It’s not just about cooking; it’s about experiencing food.

A must-have for every culinary enthusiast out there.

Momofuku A Cookbook by David Chang and Peter Meehan

This book captures the essence of David Chang’s innovative approach to cuisine, blending traditional Asian flavors with modern techniques.

The recipes? They’re a delightful mix of the familiar and the unexpected.

Think ramen, but with a twist.

And the photography? It’s a visual feast, transporting you straight to the bustling streets of New York’s East Village.

The book’s authenticity and creativity resonate with my global palate, making it a worthy recipient of the “Editor’s Choice” award.

If you’re keen to elevate your culinary game, this cookbook is a must-have.

The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook by Patricia Tanumihardja

This cookbook captures the essence of home-cooked meals, reminiscent of dishes lovingly prepared by our grandmothers.

It’s a treasure trove of recipes, each telling a story of family, love, and tradition.

The authenticity shines, making it deserving of the “Best for Home Cooking” accolade.

As an expert food critic, I appreciate the book’s commitment to preserving culinary heritage.

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a testament to the power of food in bridging cultures and generations.

A must-have for those passionate about Asian cuisine.

Indian-Ish from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna

It’s a symphony of traditional Indian techniques, harmoniously blended with modern American twists.

The recipes?

They’re a testament to the power of fusion, where every bite tells a story.

Priya’s narrative is as engaging as her dishes, making you feel like you’re sharing a meal with her.

The book’s charm lies in its authenticity, mirroring the very essence of fusion cuisine.

It’s educational, offering a fresh perspective on blending cultures.

And for those with a penchant for the unexpected, this cookbook is a treasure trove.

A must-have for every kitchen.

The Wok: Recipes and Techniques by J. Kenji López-Alt

This book isn’t just about recipes; it’s a deep dive into the art of wok cooking.

From stir-frying to deep-frying, Kenji covers it all.

And the award of ‘Best for Techniques’? Absolutely deserved.

The techniques are detailed, yet simple enough for anyone to grasp.

It’s a delightful blend of tradition and innovation.

If you’ve ever been curious about the magic of the wok, this is your go-to guide.

And… it’s sprinkled with Kenji’s signature humor in the most unexpected places.

A must-have for every kitchen!

Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home by Eric Kim

“Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home” is a delightful journey for the senses.

The recipes? A harmonious blend of authenticity and innovation.

The visuals? They’re a feast for the eyes, capturing the essence of each dish.

And the narrative? It’s a heartfelt ode to the power of food in bridging cultures.

This cookbook doesn’t just offer recipes; it tells a story of identity, love, and the magic of flavors.

Truly deserving of the “Best for Authenticity” accolade.

Hungry for a taste of home with a twist?

This is your go-to guide.

Asian dumplings spring rolls, samosas, and more by Andrea Nguyen

A delightful journey through the art of crafting these bite-sized treasures.

The book’s strength? Its variety.

From gyoza to samosas, it’s a culinary tour de force.

The recipes? Authentic and creative.

The techniques? Detailed, making it a breeze even for novices.

And the presentation tips? Simply exquisite.

As someone who’s tasted global flavors, this cookbook resonates.

It’s not just about cooking; it’s about understanding and appreciating the art.

A must-have for those passionate about diverse food cultures.

And the best part?

It’s been awarded ‘Best for Variety’ by yours truly.

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art by Shizuo Tsuji

Tsuji’s masterpiece isn’t just a cookbook; it’s a journey.

A journey through the heart of Japan’s culinary traditions.

The book’s essence? Authenticity.

It captures the soul of Japanese cuisine, blending traditional methods with modern flair.

Every page? A testament to Japan’s rich culinary history.

The recipes? They’re not just instructions.

They’re stories. Tales of flavors, textures, and aromas that dance on your palate.

For someone like me, who’s tasted global cuisines, this book stands out.

It’s not just about cooking.

It’s about understanding, appreciating, and immersing oneself in a culture.

And for those passionate about Japanese cuisine?

This is the gold standard.

Final Say So!

Embark on a culinary odyssey with these handpicked Asian American cookbooks.

From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the heart of Brooklyn, these books are more than just recipes – they’re tales of tradition, innovation, and the magic of fusion.

Dive in, savor the flavors, and let your taste buds dance!

Renee Searcy

Hi! I’m Renee. From a young age, I’ve been enchanted by the flavors, aromas, and the art of cooking. My journey has taken me from my family’s kitchen to working with some of the most talented chefs and culinary experts in Atlanta, GA, and beyond.

Leave a Comment