7 Best Chinese Cookbooks of All Time

Do you enjoy Chinese food and want to know Chinese food recipes? In this article, we will show you a list of the best Chinese cookbook that is popular in China.

Do you need Chinese cookbooks?

We got a request from one reader who enjoys home cooking and tasting Asian food from many regions to provide a list of Chinese food cookbooks. Since Chinese food has been around in the US for more than 150 years and it's widely available even in a small town, people expect more an more of some fusion of creative Chinese dishes.

Chinese Cookbooks Ranking

To provide the Chinese food cookbook suggestions, we collect data as below,

1. First, we ask some Chinese foodies and experts (both inside and outside China) how they would choose the Chinese food cookbooks for themselves. In general, people who are already familiar with Chinese food will choose the Chinese food cookbooks or recipe books that meet some of these criteria.

- The high-quality Chinese food cookbook contains quite extensive Chinese food recipes.
- They go the extra mile by providing some fusion Chinese food recipes.
- They show simple but effective Chinese cooking techniques.
- They explain the essential sauces used in Chinese food and stir fry recipes.
- They show the required ingredients and equipment clearly so the home cook can follow.
- They are authored by famous chefs or restaurateurs (both inside and outside of China.)

2. After that, we head to Amazon.cn (Chinese version of Amazon site) and make the list of Chinese food cookbooks in China that meet some of the criteria mentioned above.

3. Then, we double-check if the Chinese food cookbooks from Amazon.cn are also available on Amazon.com

4. Finally, we make a final cut of Chinese food cookbooks by taking into account of customer's reviews on Amazon.com

5. The links below are #paid links.

Best Chinese cookbooks are as below:

  1. The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home by Diana Kuan

  2. Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites From Dim Sum to Kung Pao by Bee Yinn Low

  3. Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop

  4. The Everything Chinese Cook Book: From Wonton Soup to Sweet and Sour Chicken-300 Succulent Recipes from the Far East by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson

  5. The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien and Chris Ying

  6. Myers+Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery by Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz

  7. Complete Chinese Cook Book by Ken Hom

Our observation is that many top-rated Chinese food cookbooks are written by famous chefs and restauranteurs in China. This means that Chinese food lovers are quite sophisticated and open to more innovative recipes.

What are your favorite Chinese cookbooks and why

- Ma, Jintao, et al. "Western and Asian customers' perception towards Chinese restaurants in the United States." Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism 12.2 (2011): 121-139.

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Last review and update: November 7, 2019
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