6 Best Taiwanese Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Got a problem with dinner plans?

You’re not alone.

So many folks are stuck circling the drain of the same old recipes.

It’s frustrating, right?

I get it, it’s like being trapped in a culinary Groundhog Day.

But guess what?

There’s an answer.

Taiwanese cookbooks!

They’re your ticket to flavor town, full of fresh ideas to fire up your kitchen.

Let’s embark on a tasteful journey, shall we?

Top 6 Taiwanese Cookbooks

Here is the list of Top Taiwanese Cookbooks-

  • “The Food of Taiwan” by Cathy Erway – Best Overall
  • “Taiwanese Homestyle Cooking” by Tsung-Yun Wan – Editor’s Choice
  • “A Culinary History of Taipei” by Steven Crook and Katy Hui-wen Hung – Best for History Lovers
  • “Made in Taiwan” by Clarissa Wei – Best Modern Take
  • “The Hakka Cookbook” by Linda Lau Anusasananan – Best for Hakka Cuisine
  • “The Banquet Bug” by Geling Yan – Best Fictional Take

The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway

“The Food of Taiwan” by Cathy Erway is a delightful journey through Taiwan’s culinary landscape.

With each page, you’re transported to bustling night markets and serene tea houses.

The recipes? Authentic and brimming with flavors that dance on your palate.

The art of presentation? Exquisite, reflecting Taiwan’s rich heritage.

As an Expert Food Critic, I’ve tasted global cuisines, but this cookbook? It’s a gem.

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

And the award of ‘Best Overall’? Absolutely deserved.

Taiwanese Homestyle Cooking by Tsung-Yun Wan

This cookbook is a passport to Taiwan’s culinary heart.

Wan captures the essence of Taiwanese cuisine, blending tradition with innovation.

The recipes? Authentic, yet accessible.

The imagery? A visual feast, making you almost taste the dishes.

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

A journey through bustling night markets, serene tea houses, and the warmth of Taiwanese kitchens.

And the Editor’s Choice award? Well-deserved.

If you’re craving a culinary adventure, this is your ticket.

Hungry for more?

Grab your copy and embark on a gastronomic voyage.

A Culinary History of Taipei by Steven Crook and Katy Hui-wen Hung

This book is a journey. A journey through Taipei’s rich food history, narrated by Crook and Hung.

They’ve captured the essence of the city’s gastronomic evolution.

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a tale.

A tale of dishes that tell stories, of flavors that evoke memories.

For those who cherish history as much as they savor food, this book’s a gem.

A delightful read that’s both educational and engaging.

And for history lovers?

It’s the best seat at the table.

Made in Taiwan by Clarissa Wei

 “Made in Taiwan”! A delightful blend of stories and recipes that transport you straight to the bustling streets of Taiwan.

Clarissa Wei masterfully captures the essence of Taiwanese cuisine, intertwining it with tales that evoke nostalgia.

The dishes? Authentic.

The flavors? Explosive.

And the presentation? Pure artistry.

It’s no wonder it’s been crowned the “Best Modern Take”.

For anyone seeking a modern twist on traditional Taiwanese dishes, this cookbook is a must-have.

The Hakka Cookbook by Linda Lau Anusasananan

“The Hakka Cookbook” by Linda Lau Anusasananan is a revelation.

Diving into its pages, you’re transported to a world of authentic Hakka flavors, techniques, and traditions.

Linda’s passion shines through every recipe. It’s educational, offering a deep dive into the rich history of Hakka cuisine.

And engaging? Absolutely.

You’ll find yourself captivated by the tales behind each dish.

The award of “Best for Hakka Cuisine” is well-deserved.

For those keen on exploring this unique culinary heritage, this book’s a must-have. And for me? It’s another delightful addition to my global gastronomic journey.

Grab your copy and embark on a Hakka culinary adventure.

The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan

 This book offers a fresh perspective, intertwining narrative with gastronomic wonders.

The award of “Best Fictional Take” is well-deserved.

Yan’s storytelling, paired with authentic recipes, is a testament to her creativity and passion.

It’s a must-read for those keen on a fictional journey through the world of food.

Final Say So!

Taiwanese cookbooks are more than just recipes; they’re a passport to a world of flavors, traditions, and stories.

Whether you’re a history buff, a modern foodie, or someone seeking a fictional culinary escape, there’s a Taiwanese cookbook waiting to whisk you away on a gastronomic adventure.

Dive in, explore, and let your taste buds travel!

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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