7 Best Chinese Cookbooks Ever Written

Do you want Chinese food cookbooks to learn Chinese cooking? We'll ask Chinese food experts both inside/outside China and will show you best Chinese cookbooks.

Finding Best 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 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 and more of some fusion of creative Chinese dishes.

Chinese Cookbooks Ranking

To provide 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 cookbooks for themselves. In general, people who are already familiar with Chinese food will choose the cookbooks or recipe books that meet some of these criteria.

- The high-quality cookbooks contain 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.)

Our observation is that many top-rated 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.

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

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

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

Best Chinese Cookbooks are as below:

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

  2. Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites From Dim Sum to Kung Pao

  3. Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking

  4. The Everything Chinese Cookbook: From Wonton Soup to Sweet and Sour Chicken-300 Succulent Recipes from the Far East

  5. The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook

  6. Complete Chinese Cookbook

  7. Myers+Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery

Do you like Chinese cookbooks on this list?


- 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: August 30, 2021
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