8 Best Modern Chinese Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Modern Chinese Cookbooks.

Facing the challenge of making authentic Chinese meals?

You’re not alone.

Picture the frustration, the failed recipes, and the longing for that perfect Kung Pao chicken.

But hey, we get it.

It’s tough.

A solution is in sight, though.

It’s time to discover new cookbooks designed for modern, everyday cooks like you.

These treasures could turn your kitchen misadventures into a joyous journey.

And… magic happens!

Let’s embark on this culinary adventure.

Shall we?

Top 8 Modern Chinese Cookbooks

Here is the list of Modern Chinese Cookbooks

  • The Essential Wok Cookbook: A Simple Chinese Cookbook for Stir-Fry, Dim Sum, and Other Restaurant Favorites by Naomi Imatome Yun – Best Overall
  • Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop – Editor’s Choice
  • The Food of Sichuan by Fuchsia Dunlop – Best for Sichuan Cuisine
  • Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food: Deliciously Doable Ways to Cook Greens, Tofu, and Other Plant-Based Ingredients by Hsiao-Ching Chou – Best for Vegetarians
  • Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites From Dim Sum to Kung Pao by Bee Yinn Low – Best for Family Favorites
  • Xi’an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop by Jason Wang – Best for Noodle Lovers
  • Chinese Takeout Cookbook: From Chop Suey to Sweet ‘n’ Sour, Over 70 Recipes to Re-create Your Favorites by Kwoklyn Wan – Best Takeout Recipes
  • Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries by Kristina Cho – Best for Baking

The Essential Wok Cookbook by Naomi Imatome Yun

It’s not just a collection of recipes; it’s a journey through stir-fry, dim sum, and other restaurant favorites.

The techniques? Authentic.

The presentation? Artistic.

And the flavors?

They dance on the palate, evoking memories of bustling Chinese markets.

It’s educational, offering a deep dive into culinary traditions.

Engaging, with vivid descriptions that transport you to a Chinese kitchen.

And actionable, inspiring even seasoned chefs to grab their woks.

Truly, it’s deserving of the “Best Overall” accolade.

Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop

It’s more than just a stir-fry affair. Dunlop’s masterpiece?

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a culinary journey.

From the vibrant streets of Sichuan to the aromatic kitchens of Hunan, she brings it all to your countertop.

And guess what? You don’t need a fancy wok or bamboo steamers.

Your Western kitchen? Perfectly apt.

The book’s charm? Its embrace of veggies.

Leafy greens, tofu, mushrooms, and more.

And for those new to Chinese pantry essentials?

Dunlop’s got you.

Detailed descriptions, vivid photographs, and transformative recipes.

Whether you’re craving spicy Sichuanese chicken or a vegetarian twist on a classic, this book’s got your back.

Dive in, and let your taste buds dance.

The Food of Sichuan by Fuchsia Dunlop

Fuchsia Dunlop’s masterpiece, “The Food of Sichuan”, isn’t just a cookbook.

It’s a journey. A journey that began in 1994 when Dunlop, armed with curiosity and a cleaver, stepped into Chengdu’s Sichuan University.

Her passion led her to the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine, where she immersed herself in the art of Sichuan cooking.

This book? It’s evolved, just like the cuisine.

It’s been refined with insights from local chefs, capturing the essence of a constantly changing culinary landscape.

And while Sichuan cuisine is synonymous with heat, Dunlop’s work reveals its sophisticated layers.

Beyond the fiery reputation lies a world of flavors, techniques, and traditions waiting to be explored.

Dive in, and let Dunlop guide you through the rich tapestry of Sichuan cuisine.

And remember, it’s not just about the chilli-heat.

It’s about the soul of Sichuan.

Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou

This cookbook isn’t just a collection of recipes; it’s a journey.

A journey through authentic Chinese culinary traditions, but with a twist.

A vegetarian twist.

Chou’s expertise shines, offering dishes that are both delightful to the palate and a feast for the eyes.

And for those who cherish vegetarian cuisine?

This book is the crown jewel.

A must-have for every kitchen.

And the award of “Best for Vegetarians”? Well-deserved.

Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Kwoklyn Wan

Kwoklyn Wan’s “Chinese Takeout Cookbook” is a culinary gem.

Imagine the aroma of sizzling garlic and ginger, the vibrant colors of fresh veggies, and the rich taste of savory sauces.

This book captures it all.

With over 70 recipes, it’s a delightful journey through the world of Chinese takeout.

The authenticity? Spot on.

The creativity? Mind-blowing.

And the best part? It’s been awarded the “Best Takeout Recipes.”

So, if you’re craving some authentic Chinese flavors, this cookbook’s got your back.

And… it’s a must-have for every kitchen shelf.

Easy Chinese Recipes by Bee Yinn Low

This cookbook captures the essence of authentic Chinese cuisine, blending traditional techniques with a modern touch.

The recipes are straightforward, making them perfect for family gatherings.

The Kung Pao? Simply divine.

And the Dim Sum? A sensory delight.

Bee’s passion for Chinese food shines through every page, offering readers a taste of genuine flavors.

The art of presentation? Top-notch.

For those seeking to recreate cherished family favorites, this cookbook is a gem.

And guess what?

It’s earned the title of ‘Best for Family Favorites’.

Xi’an Famous Foods Favorite Noodle Shop by Jason Wang

This cookbook, a treasure trove of authentic Western Chinese recipes, is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Xi’an.

With vivid imagery and detailed recipes, it’s more than just a cookbook; it’s a journey.

From aromatic spices to the delicate art of hand-pulled noodles, Wang masterfully captures the essence of Xi’an’s vibrant food culture.

And for noodle enthusiasts? It’s a dream.

The techniques, the flavors, the stories – it’s all here, waiting to tantalize your taste buds.

A must-have for those who cherish authenticity and crave a taste of Xi’an’s legendary noodles.

Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Chinese Bakeries by Kristina Cho

This cookbook, brimming with savory and sweet recipes, captures the essence of traditional treats.

Kristina’s passion shines through each page, offering a sensory experience that’s both educational and engaging.

You’ll find recipes that resonate with authenticity, creativity, and the art of presentation.

From the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked bread to the intricate designs of mooncakes, it’s a culinary adventure waiting to be explored.

And for those passionate about baking?

This book is your golden ticket.

Final Say So!

Embrace the magic of authentic Chinese cuisine right in your kitchen.

With these modern Chinese cookbooks, every meal becomes a culinary adventure.

From sizzling stir-fries to delicate dim sums, these treasures are your passport to the vibrant world of Chinese flavors.

So, why wait?

Dive in, and let your culinary journey begin!

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.

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